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Poneloya is a beach community on the Western coast of Nicaragua. It lies within the department of León and borders Las Peñitas, Nicaragua. Poneloya is about a 15 minute drive and roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the historic city of León. Songs have been made with the beach in mind such as Mi Poneloya and other Nicaraguan songs.

The name Poneloya means “small seeds” in the indigenous language. The area was originally populated by indigenous groups who still control the transfer of property titles.

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Tourism

The beach fronting this small quaint community is approximately 1.5 km long, and is mostly dark sand with some coral. The estuary located at the far end of the beach seems to be mostly black volcanic sand. This location on the Pacific coast of Central America is becoming renowned world wide for the quality of surfing. The same qualities that make it an excellent surfing locale makes ordinary swimming somewhat more hazardous because of the large waves breaking on the beach.

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There is a large diversity of fish, crabs and shrimp in the water, which are targeted by small scale fishing operations. Despite the possibilities, there is almost no sport fishing here. This is an undeveloped and under used resource.

Many people visit for the beach and sun. Most of the visitors are Nicaraguans from Leon. Vacationers from other countries are found here mostly in the northern hemisphere winter. Peak travel dates are the weeks from Christmas to the end of January, school vacation in Nicaragua, and the week including Good Friday and Easter.

Accommodations

Accommodations for visitors and tourists continue to develop. An older hotel was renovated in early 2010 and now provides excellent hospitality. There are accommodations for almost every budget and taste, ranging from $ 70 and up per night down to $ 5 or $ 6 per night.

Climate and Geographical Conditions

Poneloya has been the location of occasional weather and geological extremes. Daily temperatures range from 32°C to 40°C or more (90°F to 104°F and up). Night time provides a reduction to about 25°C to 30°C, (77°F to 86°F).

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Located, as is the rest of Central America in the "Pacific Ring of Fire", it should not be surprising that an active volcano is visible from some parts of the town. Earthquakes seem to be frequent, mostly small and barely felt. There will be larger shakes from time to time.

History

In 1992, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the ocean floor about 75 km off the shore. A tsunami resulted and the entire Nicaraguan coast was inundated by a series of waves reaching up to 10 meters in height. Poneloya endured about 4 to 6 meters of waves. Many buildings were damaged or destroyed. Some lives, mostly children, were lost.

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In 2008, a category one hurricane made landfall very close to the town. Some roofs were damaged.

Getting there

The access road was re-engineered in 2009 and now provides one of the smoothest rides in Central America. Speed on this highway is limited to 70 km per hour, a reasonable choice when you realise that the road needs to be shared, with horses being ridden and pulling carts, and with herds of cattle using the road to move between grazing pastures and home. The visiting driver will also encounter many pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles. Extra caution is needed at night, since almost none of the non-vehicle traffic is illuminated and very few have reflectors.

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A regular bus service leaves every hour from the “Sutiaba” market in Leon and costs C$10 per person. It will take about 45 minutes to get to the marvelous black-sand beaches of Poneloya and Las Penitas with its great waves for those who love to surf.

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Coordinates: 12°22′N 87°02′W / 12.367°N 87.033°W / 12.367; -87.033


Poneloya
—  Municipality  —

Poneloya
Coordinates: 12°22′21″N 87°2′27″W / 12.3725°N 87.04083°W / 12.3725; -87.04083Coordinates: 12°22′21″N 87°2′27″W / 12.3725°N 87.04083°W / 12.3725; -87.04083
Country Nicaragua
Department León Department
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Poneloya is a beach community on the Western coast of Nicaragua. It lies within the department of León and borders Las Peñitas, Nicaragua. Poneloya is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the city of León.

The name Poneloya means “small seeds” in the indigenous language. The area was originally populated by indigenous groups who still control the transfer of property titles.

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Climate, geography and ecology

Daily temperatures range from 32°C to 40°C or more (90°F to 104°F and up). Night time provides a reduction to about 25°C to 30°C, (77°F to 86°F).

Several volcanos exist near the town including Cerro Negro, Telica, San Cristóbal, Las Pilas, and El Hoyo.

There is a large diversity of fish, crabs and shrimp in the water, which are targeted by small scale fishing operations.

Transportation

[[File:|thumb|]] The access road was re-engineered in 2009.

A regular bus service leaves every hour from the “Sutiaba” market in Leon.

Tourism

The beach is approximately 1.5 km long, and is mostly dark sand with some coral.

Most of the visitors are Nicaraguans from Leon. Vacationers from other countries are found here mostly in the northern hemisphere winter. Peak travel dates are the weeks from Christmas to the end of January, school vacation in Nicaragua, and the week including Good Friday and Easter.

References

Template:León Department

Coordinates: 12°22′N 87°02′W / 12.367°N 87.033°W / 12.367; -87.033


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