Xiloá Lagoon (Masaya area) – Lake Managua (which is the capital’s waterfront) is too polluted to recommend for swimming. Visitors interested in swimming may want to consider a short excursion outside of the capital to engage in such activities. One ideal spot os Xiloá Lagoon, which is just 30 minutes from Managua (in the Chiltepe Peninsula Natural Reserve). The Xiloá Lagoon is a large pool of fresh and calm waters, ideal for swimming. The natural environment offers an interesting scenario in which the horizon is connected by the water and the green mountains that one sees in the background. Because of its length, it’s possible to swim for a lot of meters without stopping.