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

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Paradise Bay - The Sea House Tropical Retreat

4000 Sq Ft Open Floor Plan; Multi Level Patios; 3 bedrooms; 3.5 baths; Sleep 10

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. It's 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.

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 polished concrete 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 cable TV; a DVD and movie selection; a Magic Jack telephone which allows free calls to the USA and Canada; an Ipod connection cord so you can connect to our multi floor sound system; two Nicaraguan cell phones; 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. There are 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.

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. A safe is tucked behind discreet doors. 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 sofas and a table 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.

We especially 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 home dinner of fresh fish which can be purchased at the fishing docks at the bay.

f 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. Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check. If you make Paypal Payment to a vendor, you will incur a 3% fee. If you make Paypal Payment to a friend, there is no fee. Paypal account is located in the USA.

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: $825/nite - 5 night minimum

Also: 40 kilowatts of electric per day will be provided. Client will pay for additional kilowatt usage.

If you pay via e-check thru VRBO, I do not incur a fee. If you pay via a credit card or paypal, I am assessed a 2.9 fee, which I will deduct from your security deposit. This will be reiterated in the contract you sign.

If you wish to have breakfast prepared, no problem, Marina's talents are amazing and fee is ultra reasonable.

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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rose Downs
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
25 October, 2016
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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 Rivas

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.


based on 43 holidaymaker reviews

The Sea House, Paradise Bay, San Juan Del Sur...Tranquility Beckons
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Amazing Vacation at the Sea House!

  • 5 of 5

Sorry that it has taken so long to tell everyone about our Sea House experience! It was truly amazing! From the minute we entered the gates, it was apparent that we found paradise. Everything was incredibly perfect. Total relaxation. The pool area was beautifully landscaped and had the most breathtaking views. We spent many hours at the pool, lounging on the hammocks and sitting at the cozy overlook deck. Butterflies everywhere! Great multi-level garden with beautiful trees and flowers! This home is unbelievable and more amazing than any picture. It is something that needs to be seen and experienced in person. Such attention to detail throughout the entire house! Every bedroom had its own story and was cleverly furnished. We loved the bedroom balcony, wow! We watched fantastic views of the sunsets and lounged listening to the waves. The kitchen was outstanding! It had everything that would ever be needed! The beautiful dining table and breakfast bar, the unique hanging lights, the gorgeous windows, the list goes on. The living area was a great place to end the day, inviting and comfortable. They thought of everything. It shows in every single detail! We loved the town of San Juan Del Sur. So many places to eat and drink at. Enjoyed our dinners on the beach watching the dogs and kids playing. Had a great day at Playa Hermosa watching the surfers. There is so much to do. We travel a lot, have had many great experiences, but hands down, this was our best vacation ever. I would highly recommend the Sea House to others. It offers everything! We are looking forward to returning next year and already making plans. Rose, thanks for your help with planning our trip. You made everything so easy! You thought of everything! Thank you for making your dream a reality, and for sharing it with others. Thank you Marina and Eddy, and your professional teamwork, for making our stay comfortable. Marina, we loved your Jalapeno Chicken, and your breakfasts were delicious! Thank you Richard and Transporte Gaby. You and your professional staff made it so easy for us to go everywhere! We even found a new favorite restaurant, Jicaro Garden. Fantastic! And then, there's Jack....thank you Jack for being part of our stay. Jack is the sweetest and most loveable dog but at the same time knows his job. We invited him to hang out with us every day and he was quite entertaining! He has a "forever spot" in our hearts. Can't wait to see you next year!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: wow! i am beyond happy that you and your husband had a great time and got some good quality relaxation in together. sure seems like we achieved our goals !! i'll be sure to pass along your kind words to our team. personally, i'm looking forward to trying Jicaro Garden for dinner. safe travels to you and i'll be looking forward to helping you with your next visit :)
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Norwalk, CT

True relaxation with all of the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

The Sea House has it all. We have been VRBO renters for many years and this home is by far one of the nicest we have been lucky enough to rent. The grounds are truly beautiful with a gorgeous view of the Pacific ocean. The pool tempts you day and night, but there are so many things to do so close by that it is hard to balance all you want to do - beaches, island tours, zip-lining, restaurants, surfing .... all within a short drive. The caretakers of the home are responsive but not intrusive. And the owner of the home could not be more helpful in managing all of the details of the trip. This property truly deserves 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: From the Sea House team ~~ thank you, thank you, thank you for your sweet review! We are so happy that you were happy and were able to enjoy not only our house but all that Nica has to offer. We especially appreciate learning that you are well traveled and consider the Sea House to be unique. It was a labor of love and we love to share it. Thank you again and safe travels to you always!
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Los Angeles, CA


  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best vacations that our family has had and it all started with booking with Rose, the owner who has been most kind and helpful. We have felt right at home from the moment we stepped onto the property. We were escorted to the house and then met the housekeepers who cooked and cleaned for us throughout our stay. The views were spectacular and every part of the house was a bit of paradise. The property was the perfect fit for family and any group would enjoy the place. It was close enough to town to sneak away to any activity by vehicle. We went zip lining, explored the city and local beaches. The property manager was always available in case we needed anything.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, I am just reading this and am so super happy that you enjoyed your stay and all of the special little things about the Sea House. Our team strives to make sure your stay is 100% relaxing. From all of us (including Jack), we hope you'll visit again and wish you safe travels no matter where your adventure takes you!
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This Vacation Home is Simply FANTASTIC! It's Paradise. It's Perfect. Absolutely Loved It.

  • 5 of 5

June 2016 - I took my annual trip down to The Sea House because I feel that every year I find my oasis, my peace, my tranquility, my fun and being my third year in a row renting the house, I feel a great sense of home and familiarity with what I now call 'MY vacation home' (even though Danny and Rose Downs, who are incredibly amazing people, own it)!! It's absolutely spectacular and I have such an amazing trip every time I go. I consider myself so lucky to have found such a perfect place to revisit every year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, you have your room reserved every June :) This year I'm glad you got to enjoy the lush green landscape, which is quite opposite from the last few years. Great people like you make sharing my house so very rewarding... thank you!
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Beautiful property full of class and charm

  • 5 of 5

The Sea House was a fantastic vacation rental!!! The whole house is beautifully decorated and has a fantastic ocean view. The swimming pool was a huge hit with the kids ( and grown ups). The owner is very accommodating and the dog listens better than the children. Definitly would rent again.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: :) Glad to hear Jack was on good behavior :) And soo glad you enjoyed our traditional decorating style and the pool....yes, my favorite place also. i prefer it over the beach especially since we have all of the comforts of home just a few steps away :) do hope we can host another family gathering someday!
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  • 5 of 5

Every part of our stay at the Sea House was perfect. Rose was also VERY helpful in planning our trip . Comfortable accommodations with a breath taking view. The AC at night in the bedrooms was such a treat. Eddy and Marina were as professional and friendly as one could hope. There is nothing lacking or in need of improvement from the home to the management. Not what you expect but what you hope for after driving across a country like Nicaragua. You are situated far enough from town to be plenty privte and feel safe yet only minutes away from the surf , sand and downtown San Juan Del Sur. SiX out of FIVE stars!!!! Thank you Rose, you have an amazing home away from home in SJDS. And Jack is the coolest dog in Nicaragua!

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: holy guacamole!, this is my lucky week! such great reviews from clients that were a joy to work with! i'm beyond thrilled that people are as enamored with our house as we are. i feel like we tend to our house like a flower...with love and patience and hope for it to grow more beautiful! thank you kris for your kind words. i hope you'll remember us, recommend us and of course visit again. best wishes for your continued safe travels!
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Iguana Bar
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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Selena Santa ($500 security)
9 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas ($500 security)
23 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164

A draft short term contract is available for review. I will fill in specific details after booking.
Paypal payments should be made to a friend so I do not incur a fee. If you choose to pay as a vendor, a 2.9% administrative fee is assessed. You will be responsible to reimburse me for that fee out of your security deposit. A copy of the paypal confirmation will be provided to you for your records.

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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Paradise Bay, Nicaragua

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • 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 (transporte.gaby@hotmail.com)(www.transportegaby.com) have proven to go above and beyond in every way, including offering reasonable rates.

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