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The Sea House, Paradise Bay, San Juan Del Sur...Tranquility Beckons

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 4,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4300 Sq Ft Open Floor Plan; Multi Level Patios; 3 bedrooms; 3.5 baths; Sleep 10

LOW SEASON RATES ARE NOW IN EFFECT :) $150 NIGHT/2 PEOPLE. Special Note Regarding Safety: SJDS is in the southwestern portion of Nica, far away from the recent protests. To avoid roadblocks, etc., fly into Libera, CR and my driver can pick you up and deliver you without delay. The surf is still incredible, and town is still welcoming visitors to their lovely town without concern. I'd be happy to answer questions about recent events to clarify safety issues.

Dear Visitor,

It is with great pleasure that we share our home which offers many one of a kind features that will ensure you experience the natural wonders of Nicaragua both inside and out! We did our best to mesh nature with unique antique objects with modern comforts. The traditional, Spanish Colonial style is comfortable and relaxed and easy to settle into so you can choose whether to detox from your hectic life or use as a home base as you fill your day with activities. Read on to learn about the many activities available without ever leaving the property.

You will be greeted by our property manager and two caretakers (who live on-site) in addition to their furry companion, Jack. The first floor has incredibly high ceilings, is open concept and boasts a modern kitchen with full size, stainless steel appliances along with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Seating for the entire gang is guaranteed with a formal table that seats 10 and bar seating for 8. Counters are both black granite and reclaimed barn wood which add natural charm to the house. From the multiple sofas you can watch a large screen TV or enjoy the colorful inside garden which contains a unique wall fountain which sports an antique seahorse spout. Also available is Smart TV; a DVD and movie selection; bluetooth and aux stereo connection so you can connect to our multi floor sound system; HDMI cord, and of course Internet. A half bath that has both inside and outside accessibility is adjacent to the living room. There is a rustic wood dining table on the outside patio which sits atop locally crafted tiles and lounges to sip drinks by the pool or snooze in the two hammocks. Palm trees and flowering vegetation surround the pool and perimeter of the house. Then you and a partner can shower side by side al fresco in the sunken shower area. There are terraced gardens with fruit trees and flowers galore.

To arrive at the bedrooms, you pass a sweet sitting area midway where a fold out sofa and lamp and inlaid, wooden compass rose greets you. The first bedroom you pass is deemed 'the bunk room' because there are 3 sets of bunk beds that sleep 6. The height between bunks is substantial enough for an adult to NOT feel like they're away at summer camp. The bunk room has A/C, a private bath with two sinks and also a private balcony with ocean and hillside views. Down the hall are two additional bedrooms which have queen sized beds, A/C, an abundance of closets, private baths with on demand hot water, and access to the super sweet second story patio. Check out the pics because this is a really nice, private area with sofa and chairs to watch the whales breach during certain seasons or an amazing lightening storm, the sun set, read, or host a gathering at the concrete counter/sink bar. There are also outside speakers for your party music!

Overall the house has super high ceilings and fans to help keep it cool and massive iron chandeliers to light the night. The bedrooms have air conditioning and hot water on demand. There is decorative iron work through the house along with countless seahorse accents. A spacious parking area is directly across from the entrance door. Almost forgot to mention the pool, which has a nice shallow end for lounging with a drink or a safe place for little ones to splash. If you must work off some calories, you can tread in the deep end.

Most recently added in our spacious parking lot is a covered rancho with two hammocks and fans and lots of room for yoga overlooking the hillside and ocean. If yogas not your thing, then you can practice balance on a slack line, which is part of the "Sea House Gym for Muscles" where you can also do pull ups, chin ups, dips and play tug of war with our dog Jack.

Overall, we love the location and our friends and family have unanimously commented about how quiet it is which is a bonus because you are so close to the town of San Juan del Sur which offers many options for dining and drinking and dancing. Or, if you choose, there is a wood/charcoal burning or propane grilling station along with a sink for convenience along with an herb garden and fruit trees at your disposal. Nothing beats a dinner of fresh fish which can be purchased at the fishing docks at the bay.

If this is your first trip to Nica, please note that it is ultra casual so, ladies, leave those high heels and super fancy clothes and jewelry at home. Instead bring your sunscreen, comfy shoes, hats and sundresses to enjoy the warm weather and activities. There are so many things to do in the area. So far, we've gone horseback riding on the beach, zip lining, taken in the view from the Jesus statute on the hill, gone deep sea fishing and surfing, watched baby turtles be released to the ocean, taken day trips to the colonial city of Granada and the Volcan Masaya, swam in the glorious waters of Laguna de Apoyo (a lake that formed in the center of an extinct volcano).

I hope you will choose to allow us to share our home away from home. Our caretaker Marina will cook a fabulous breakfast, if you desire. Her husband, Eddy, can help you start the charcoal grill and rearrange the patio chairs to your favorite location. Both will help make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Jack will make you smile all day and night. Please do note that he is the kind of his castle so no other pets are allowed.

Please check out and LIKE our FACEBOOK page: "The Sea House; San Juan Del Sur; Nicaragua". You will find information how to reach me to ask questions. And there you'll see lots more pics of the house starting from breaking ground to present. You'll also see some of the fun things we've done...with lots more to come :) . We also have a youtube video which shows June 2014 family adventure. Please click on the video prepared by Rose Downs.

The Sea House is approximately a 5 minute drive to town or about 15 minutes on foot. Please note that fancy clothing or shoes are not necessary in Nicaragua, especially if you want to walk to town. If you rent a vehicle, we recommend a 4 x 4. Or you may utilize a very reliable transportation company, Gaby Transporte, for rides back and forth to town or for all day excursions.

To view pics galore of our house plus several videos, one which was prepared by guests, please go to the Facebook Page: 'The Sea House; San Juan Del Sur; Nicaragua'. There you will see the monkeys that have moved back into the neighborhood and some of the fun things that we have done on our recent visits. We also prepared a slide show video from our family trip in June 2014. You can find that on Youtube and then search 'The Sea House; San Juan Del Sur; Nicaragua'. Click on the video prepared by Rose Downs.

NOTE: Please see the pricing chart below, as it is adjusted based on occupancy.

Group of 2: $200/nite.

Group of 3: $225/nite.

Group of 4: $250/nite

Group of 5: $275/nite

Group of 6: $300/nite

Group of 7: $325/nite

Group of 8: $350/nite

Group of 9: $375/nite

Group of 10: $400/nite

Semana Santa Rates: $550 nite - 3 night minimum -

Also: 50 kilowatts of electric per day will be provided. Client will pay for additional kilowatt usage.

Finally, if you'd like the opposite experience of skiing the breathtaking Colorado Rockies, please checkout our VRBO listing 450895, which will describe the gorgeous Grand Lodge on Peak 7. It's a ski in/ski out, 5 star accommodation that will make cold weather seem heavenly :)

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Rose Downs
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Rose Downs

We are a family of four travelers. Our two boys (now in their early 20s) have accompanied us across oceans, on cruises, up and down the Rocky Mountains, and now have settled in to enjoy a Pacific Coast paradise in none other than Paradise Bay, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. We fell in love with Latin America when we visited Costa Rica. The sunsets were like none we'd ever seen!! But, at the end of the day, we all agreed the country felt too commercialized. After visiting Nicaragua, we knew we'd need to build a home because it had that Wild West feel but still was incredibly safe and civilized. The Paradise Bay Development in San Juan del Sur had everything we wished for....peace and quiet, phenomenal views, very close access to town and markets and incredible surf spots but, and best of all, people so friendly they feel like family.

Our long term goal is to escape some of the harsh New Jersey winter months at our paradise home. Right now, we are content to enjoy several weeks a year and offer the house to other families to enjoy while we are not there.


Rose Downs purchased this house in 2012

Why Rose Downs chose Paradise Bay

Once you visit this house, you will know exactly why we find it so appealing. Our furniture is all hand crafted and we worked very closely with our builder to design every element to ensure it reflected our personalities. That being informal and comfortable; unique and interesting. After countless changes, we have a home that is nothing less than wonderful !! Thanks to our builder, we believe we have successfully achieved a home that delivers the WOW Factor! Also, as you will see, we have a seahorse theme running throughout the house. Someday we will count them all, until then, we invite our guests to count them for us. More will be added each year, so you'll have to return to re-count :)

In addition to a super comfy home, we have a large, landscaped parking area adjacent to the house which can accommodate many vehicles.

What makes this house unique

The Sea House is unique because it was created with the ultimate goal of providing a comfortable space not only to entertain friends but to watch generations of our family grow. As proud parents, we look forward to someday having grandchildren splash in the pool or explore the yard for frogs and geckos; to watch the flocks of parrots fly by; to ride horses on the beach; catch giant fish and surf giant waves. Until then, we invite you to make your own memories with your family and friends at our lovely home away from home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“First and foremost I want to say thank you to all past guests who’ve written such detailed reviews, it made my choice so easy in selecting the Sea House :) so I will be paying it forward in writing a very detailed one as well.

So here’s a little background about me I am a make up artist in the New York City area. I literally work nearly 24/7, I also often travel for work (Caribbean, Europe, Africa etc.) although I visit amazing regions of the world I do not get to experience them fully as I am there for work. Right before this trip I was in desperate need of some time off I was stressed out & overworked.

I was booked for a photo shoot that got rescheduled and being that I️ usually do not have time available I decided I should take the opportunity to travel since it was my birthday week and my schedule was already blocked out. I am of Nicaraguan descent, both my parents were born in Managua. My boyfriend and I were discussing different places to visit and I thought why not Nica?! After finding the Sea House I fell in love with its colonial charm, I wanted my first Nicaraguan experience to feel as authentic as possible and after reading all the reviews I was sold. I was looking for complete isolation and to disconnect from my busy world in NYC. A few friends jumped on the idea and decided to join us as well.

Booking was a breeze. Rose, what a dream! She was so incredibly helpful, I booked this trip three days before my arrival and she made herself totally available at all times to answer all my questions, we had very little time to go over everything. She directed me to all the appropriate people for all our needs, airport transportation (Gaby Transport), car rental (dollar). In addition to that, she informed us of the local restaurants & attractions, the features in the home etc.

Day of arrival everything went super smooth Michael from Gaby transport picked us up from Managua airport. Depending on traffic it’s about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive to San Juan Del Sur. It was a scenic drive, we got to see a lot of different towns and many volcanoes along the way.

So we finally get near the house and let me say I do suggest getting a car rental because those hills are no joke between the house and town but kudos to those who walk!

As you approach you see the Sea Horse painted on the side of the home and as you come around it’s like a beautiful fortress with its brick walls and large wooden doors. As we pulled into the parking lot across from the house there’s
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Paradise Bay in San Juan del Sur

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , this is on the 1st floor; both inside and outside accessible
  • hot water on demand.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Guest bedroom has air conditioning and full wardrobe.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom has air conditioning and full wardrobe.
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Bunk Bed , Bunk room has air conditioning.
  • private baths are connected to each bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
We can recommend a reliable, friendly, transportation service for all of your transportation needs whether its roundtrip to and from the airport or a trip to the Pali Market or to a surf location. Our good friends at Gaby Transportation ( have proven to go above and beyond in every way, including offering reasonable rates.


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The Sea House, Paradise Bay, San Juan Del Sur...Tranquility Beckons
average rating of 4.984127 based on 64 reviews
New York City

Incredible House with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Really not much more to add to all the other reviews already posted, they all cover pretty much everything. We were a family of 5 with 3 kids aged 11-16, and the house was perfect for us. Also a great set-up for 2-3 couples or 2 families with kids (3rd bedroom can sleep up to 6). House has everything you need...good wifi, speakers wired throughout, full kitchen, fans in every room, A/C in every bedroom (very important!). Daily cleaning service and on-request cooking from the caretakers is awesome. We had full breakfast (bacon, eggs, fresh-squeezed juice) prepared for us every morning for $15!

House sits up on a hill with a great view of the water, is secluded and totally quiet. But only a quick 5 minute drive into SJDS. We walked into town a couple of times (but would recommend a car back as it's more uphill going back). Pool is great. Awesome star-gazing at night.

The owner (Rose) is extremely helpful, responsive and very knowledgeable about the area. She helped us secure transport from the airport and recommended a local car rental, as well as local restaurants and activities. HIGHLY recommend Playa Hermosa and the hike up to the view from the Statue of Christ, in particular. Watching the sunset at any bar along the beach in SJDS is an absolute MUST!! Some of the most stunning sunsets we've ever witnessed.

If you're considering a destination a little more off-the-beaten path, then I would highly recommend Nicaragua. We've traveled the world extensively, and we're huge fans of Nica. It's very similar to Costa Rica 20-25 years ago. Beautiful scenery, totally safe, friendly people, CHEAP, great surfing, several really cool volcanoes to hike, great food...and easily the best rum I've ever had (Flor de Cana).

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your Sea House experience. We appreciate every comment as if it were our first as our goal is total satisfaction for each and every client. I was so happy to learn about all of your family's volcano hiking adventures and will incorporate them in my activity suggestions. Your family was a perfect fit for Nica and the Sea House and I hope you'll visit again :)
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Best VRBO we have ever stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

As a family of 5 (two adults and three children ages 16,14,12) it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right spot. This home was perfect in every way. Not to close and not to far from town. Great layout. Views and ocean breezes fantastic. The best staff ever. Marina and Eddie were the icing on the cake. They take care of the grounds, the house, and are extra helpful. Marina's cooking is fantastic! We are sad to leave but happy to have had the opportunity to experience part of Nicaragua in SJDS in this wonderful home. For sure coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks soooo much John. you and your family are total bad asses in my book (in a good way)!!! you arrived in the midst of protests with determination to have a great vacation. of course, none of the protesting was aimed at or involved tourists so you made it to SJDS no problemo :) i sincerely appreciate your kind words and am so happy my staff took great care of you and your family. we welcome you back with open arms any time :)
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  • 5 of 5

This is the house one can only dream of at the end of a long day of travelling. It is beautiful! It is perched on a hill on the outskirts of San Juan Del Sur with an incredible view! It offered everything we needed.

The walk into town is definitely doable, but would likely prove too steep and too dark for some. We always took the car - and free street parking was never an issue.

The staff were kind, polite and attentive - and came in every day to clean (something which was unexpected and much appreciated). The wi-fi worked well. The kitchen was magnificent. Drinking water was provided (so no need to stock up on water on your way into town). We were not, however, provided with any basic condiments such as salt, pepper, sugar or hot sauce.

Most newcomers to the area will not be aware that you have to drive to the beaches, which you will begin to find approximately 15 minutes to the north or south of San Juan Del Sur (I wouldn't recommend the beach in town). The beaches are spectacular!

I would like to thank Rose for being so attentive to our needs. We had a perfect vacation. I plan to return with my extended family later this year.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous - exactly as described!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do it justice. The house is beautiful. Very well cared for, every detail included. Marina and Eddy are fantastic and so accommodating. The views are stunning, the pool is incredible...I'd love to go back. I will say it's important to get a car! Rose was very helpful during the process and provided more than enough information and recommendations to keep us busy. Loved it!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: dear sioban, thank you so much for the sweet review! super big thanks to my hard working staff for working as a great team to make sure every client is catered to and cooked for (by Marina and Eddy) and snuggled with (by Jack). and special thank you to Denise for shipping the wayward iPad. collectively, we rock it :) p.s. hope to see u again Sioban :)
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Awesome, relaxing, amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Seahouse and cannot wait to return. Every detail has been thought of here and it is truly paradise. Cooking by Marina was delicious, views are spectacular and the pool was absolutely essential! Our kids enjoyed lounging in the hammocks and playing with Jack, the housedog. Our stay could not have been more perfect! We are so sad to be leaving!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Sea House is Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

The Sea House is fantastic. I've used VRBO for many years and have stayed in some really special places (a houseboat in downtown Amsterdam, a villa sitting on a cliff near Puerto Vallarta, a jungle house in Costa Rica with a plexiglass shower on the fourth floor that was in the jungle canopy). But none of these places had it all. The Sea House is the perfect place. For starters the home is lovely. It's well appointed but very comfortable. It has a kitchen that any chef would be proud of and has everything that one would need to prepare a gourmet meal. However, if you don't want to cook, then Marina and Eddy would be happy to prepare a delicious Nicaraguan meal for you (for a mere $10 and the cost of ingredients). If you want peace and quiet, the Sea House is the perfect place. Sitting by the lovely pool with the ocean below you, all you hear is the wind through the trees, birds chirping and the occasional howl of monkeys. If you want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of San Juan del Sur, then the Sea House is the perfect place. In less than a two or three minute drive from the Sea House you're in the center of the great little town enjoying dinner, shopping or doing some people watching. One of the things that we loved most of all about the Sea House was it's convenient and easy access to beaches. Within an eight kilometer distance we were able to visit six beautiful but totally different beaches including some with calm bays that are perfect for the little ones and some that have some of the best surfing waves in the world (due to constant offshore winds). One other thing that makes Sea House the perfect place is our new puppy buddy Jack. He is a little clown who is one of the sweetest puppies I've ever been around. All-in-all the Sea House was the perfect place for us. There was plenty of room on the house grounds to be all alone if you chose to do so, and plenty of places for groups of people to gather and enjoy the fantastic views. The Sea House has it all. It's the perfect place. Hopefully, we can visit again (many times) in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
82 Miles
Managua International
Car: necessary

Nicaragua is the place to visit if you enjoy the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Where else can you watch giant turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs at night; sled down a volcanic mountain; surf world class waves; share the road with a horse drawn cart; witness dozens of cattle meander from the forest onto the beach; go zip lining; go horseback riding on the beach; stay up and party all night or totally drop off the grid. If that sounds intriguing, then you'll love this country as it has advanced dramatically and continues to lure visitors especially due to the genuinely friendly nature of the people. Our beloved SEA House, will accommodate your group comfortably as it is surrounded by the beauty of all things natural. Our neighborhood has recently been blessed to have hump back whales in the bay below and howler monkeys announce the day break!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Paradise Bay, Nicaragua

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 May 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Semena Santa 2019 $500 Securit
14 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Transition Fee £18.82
Refundable Damage Deposit £150.58

A draft short term contract is available for review. I will fill in specific details after booking.
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I prefer echecks through home away payments. I do not accept credit cards.

Group of 2: $200/nite. Group of 4: $250/nite. Group of 6: $300/nite. Group of 8: $350/nite. Group of 10: $400/nite.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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