Last weekend we went on a short trip with a group of friends to the Surfing Turtle Lodge. The lodge is located on the small island Los Brasiles, at Northern Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. It's about 25 min away by car from Leon. In order to get to the hotel you need to take a short boat ride from Poneloya beach and then horse carriage ride (you can also walk, it's only 15 min away).
We stayed in two of the three cool huts they offer to their guests. I'm always surprised how hot this part of Nicaragua (Leon, Chinandega, and surrounding area) compared even to Managua. The lodge use solar panels and during the day, while they charge their batteries, power is off - sorry. At the beginning we were little worried if night without a fan won't be too much to handle. Surprisingly it got really cool and pleasant. We were even getting a little breeze in the Hut thanks to its wise design.
The beach is really long and beautiful, but water looks a bit sketchy, and currents are strong . I would recommend it only to good swimmers, familiar with the ocean. Of course surfers are surfing there ;). I liked the volleyball competitions, apart the fact my team lost baaadly... Winner gets free drinks, so it was a really tough competition!
One of the main attraction are turtles that during certain time of the year come to shore to lay eggs. Lodge also offers yoga classes, horseback riding etc, but for me it was just a short weekend, so I haven't tried that out. You can find out more from their webpage.
One more thing - the sky at night is amazing, being far from civilization and its lights gives you a different perspective.