Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
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Brix510
San Jose, CA978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This place is pretty incredible and you can start your trip to Laguna de Apoyo from different areas, but i started mine from the small town of Diria, particularly from the El Boquete access point. The trail is not too long, perhaps 1-1.5 km but the grade is quite steep on the way back up. Walking it was not easy but also not horrible - but it will make your legs tired and you will sweat. I saw and heard a bunch of howler monkeys and it made the experience even more memorable. I went in Feb 2024 and i was surprised at how warm the water was when i swam in there. There's not much to look at but its refreshing especially after hiking around Apoyo.
Written 21 February 2024
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Desirée C
New York City, NY25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is a very beautiful place to take picture. The spot I visited was very rocky and so you will need water shoes or feet like the Flintstones. The water felt great though and the black sand was beautiful.
Written 24 March 2023
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Randy M
Ontario, Canada57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Warm clean water, small waves, good breezes, fun place - one of my favorite NIC places by far. Not far from Masaya
Written 22 February 2023
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Chris D
Carlisle, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The water was beautiful, great swim. Great food and a wonderful place to visit. Monkeys in the trees, clear clear water.
Written 11 November 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Laguna de Apoyo is a 200m deep crater lake located a short distance from Granada on the road to Masaya.

Logistically the easiest way to visit this from granada is with the $14USD tour offered by the various tour companies. There is a public chicken bus that travels here (Look for ‘La Laguna’) but these travel from Masaya, not Granada so in order to catch one you actually need to get a chicken bus from Granada to Masaya, then another from Masaya to La Laguna. So its a bit tricky. Its also worth noting that the 14USD tours include a day pass into the Paradiso Hostel which costs $7USD. So you’re effectively paying 7USD for transportation. You do want to go to the Paradiso Hostel as it has a private beach and affords use of some pool tires, a floating platform and some kayaks. You can also purchase decent food and drink at the hostel. There is a section of Laguna De Apoyo that is open to the public but its not the best (see below).

On the positives this is a beautiful crater lake to relax by with stunning views. I found the water to be a bit on the warmer side. The section of the lake we were based on was relatively clean however I did kayak to the public section. The public section was covered in floating plastics and garbage which was quite a surprise given that this is promoted as ‘Central America’s cleanest lake’. I felt this would benefit from a clean up.

Other than that it was a good way to spend a day!
Written 15 October 2022
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Miyali Gil
Miami, FL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We went to spend the day at Laguna de Apoyo with our family, we had a very good time and fun. The food were amazing and the service outstanding.

Great location to visit as they have kayaks, paddle boards available to rent. Highly recommend it!!
Written 7 August 2022
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Rob R
Rehoboth Beach, DE61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
For fans of true escapism, Laguna de Apoyo is hard to top. From it's stunning vistas to its heated crystal-clear waters, it's a unique respite from a busy world.
Written 3 July 2022
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CalvinofCroft
Waterloo, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We got a Private Taxi from Granada to the look out at Catarina, Magnificent view of Lake Apoyo on a beautiful day. The Crater Lake has blue water surrounded by the lushness of Apoyo Lagoon Reserve. Continued on to Paradiso Hostel & Restaurant for the day-pass. Great beach, dining options/bar area on a manicured property. A chillin vibe with a fun younger crowd. We used their shuttle van option back, Paradiso has shuttle service to their sister property The Oasis Hostel in Granada. Good food & drink on the a semi secluded beach on the thermal springed Lake Apoyo. (reasonably priced day depends on your dining/bar needs ) Maravilloso !!!
Written 30 May 2022
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BEMA4EVER
Miami, FL115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Closest place to paradise. The lagoon was amazing, surroundings unbelievable, the people around the area very friendly. We really got in touch with the nature doing kayak, swimming, having breakfast in the early morning watching the sunrise was an unforgettable experience.
Written 30 September 2021
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a beautiful lagoon nestled in the crater of an old volcano. The water is a beautiful blue colour and the lagoon has some of the cleanest water in Central America. It’s a perfect place to go swimming and relax by the shore. There are a number of restaurants and hotels scattered along the shore of the lake. You can either go to the lagoon as part of a day pass with one of the hotels or there are some spots where you can get to the lagoon yourself. In some parts of the lake the water is nicely warmed by the volcanic soil underneath which is also very pleasant. This is one of our favourite places in Nicaragua and well worth the visit when you’re in the area.
Written 24 September 2021
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