Quinta Limon is located on the southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua and is frequently called the “Nicaraguan Riviera”. Beaches and water sports are the primary attraction but wildlife watching and hiking are also great activities.
Beach leisure opportunities are abundant around Quinta Limon. The farm sits only 500 meters from the beautiful Rancho Santana Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Ocean water temperature varies from the mid 70s (farenheit) in the winter months to the mid 80s during the summer months. The beach is wide, sandy and has a total length of 2 Km from the Rancho Santana headland to the headland of Majestic Rock. It is exposed to the large southern swell in the summer months but the beach is perfect for wading and swimming during the December through May period when the swell is much smaller. There is nothing like a relaxing dip in the Pacific Ocean after a day of work on the farm. The beach view is beautiful and the sunsets are spectacular.
Surfingis one of the major activities along the coast with better and more consistent waves during the May thru mid-September time frame. You can click on the “Surfing in the Area” box on the homepage for more information and surf breaks easily accessible in the Quinta Limon area. Large, southern swells are frequent during this time of year and good surfing is almost a certainty. However the best surfing also coincides with the rainy season and you can expect daily evening rainfall, except during the “Indian Summer “ period of late July and early August when there is typically a dry period.
There are waves during the rest of the year, just not as large and regular. The dry season runs from late November thru April and the waves are smaller but well formed by the nearly constant off shore winds. The advantage to surfing the dry season is that the weather is much less humid and the summer crowds have vanished. Mornings during this period can actually be considered cool (around 21 Deg C) and the constant breeze makes this time the most comfortable of the year. Another advantage of this period is that the insect population, particularly mosquitoes, is diminished significantly.
Snorkeling is best during the dry season (Dec thru May) when the waves are smaller and the water is clearer. Most of the beaches in the area have rock headlands and reefs at either end. Most of the beaches to the North of Quinta Limon are accessible by car making it easy to visit and explore the rock reefs and headlands in the area. You will see a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals when snorkeling.
Fishing in the area is offered by a number of charter services near Quinta Limon. Nicaragua is fast becoming one of the premier “frontier fishing” spots in the world. Long advertised as a surfer’s paradise, international fishermen are now exploring the abundant fisheries of Nicaragua. Local waters yield Roosterfish, Cero Mackerel, Mai Mai (Dorado), Cubera Snapper (Pargo), Corvina and billfish (Sailfish and Marlin). Pangas equipped with sport fishing rods and outriggers are used by the area charter fishermen.
Quality boats and equipment are offered by Surfari Charters (www.surfaricharters.com) which is located in Popoyo and the Surf Sanctuary (www.thesurfsanctuary.com/) which is located in Limon 2 right next to Quinta Limon. Other charters are available in Gigante and the Popoyo area.
Hiking around the area is the best way to observe the local wildlife and become familiar with the area. Quinta Limon is located in a tropical environment and casual wildlife watching takes little effort since wild birds, monkeys, sea turtles and other exotic animals are numerous in the surrounding forest, wetlands and ocean.
Bird watching is excellent. Sea birds of all types are plentiful in the area. Pelicans and greater frigate birds are frequently seen flying up and down the coast. Colorful Guardabarranco birds (pictured) are numerous in the area. The green, yellow and blue feathers of the Guardabarranco make it easy to identify the National Bird of Nicaragua in the wild. Eagles and owls are also abundant in the area. Egrets, Herons and Flamingos are common visitors to the area wetlands.
There are many groups of Howler monkeys in the area. Each morning you hear the Howlers calling to each other and you will be startled by the excited warning shrieks by males protecting their harems. You also find Capuchin monkeys in the Quinta Limon area. You will often see groups of monkeys watching you as you walk along the roads. The monkeys are more afraid of you than you are afraid of them and they will scatter when they see you.
You can find many sea turtles in the area. You can see the turtles laying eggs on the beaches during the months of July and August. Mating sea turtles can be found in the bays and just off the rocky coastline in the immediate area. You will often hear the grunt of a sea turtle when you are in the water surfing.