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Best value 3b / 3.5bt beachfront house in Guacalito resort w/ private pool

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Best value 3b / 3.5bt beachfront house in Guacalito resort w/ private pool


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Casa Guacalito is a secluded villa located on a prize piece of real estate fronting the the soft white sands of Playa Guacalito. Playa Guacalito has calm, clear water and is an excellent spot for snorkeling, swimming and is a fun & safe beach for children. The villa affords wonderful views of the ‘La Anciana’ island and pacific ocean beyond. Soft grass lawns roll gently down from the swimming pool to the beach. Where the grass meets the sand there's a turtle hatchery and a beach palapa one side and a tamarindo tree the other. The tamarindo tree bears delicious fruit during the dry winter months December through February. At low tide there are many rock pools and a dizzying variety of marine life.

***Casa Guacalito, the accommodation***

South facing Casa Guacalito is distributed over two floors. The centrally air conditioned heart of the home is downstairs comprising an atrium style hallway that accesses the kitchen, living/ dining area. The open plan living/ dining area has large sliding doors looking out on ocean views and opening up to the pool terrace. The pool terrace is comfortably furnished giving plenty of places to lounge while enjoying glistening ocean views. The orientation of the villa allows for the prevailing winds to flow through this area, keeping you cool in spite of the hot Nicaraguan sun. Sleeping accommodation consists of three air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms. The upstairs master suite has direct access to the balcony which runs the width of the house. Downstairs there are two further bedrooms including a junior suite with queen size bed and kids room with four bunk beds.

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Property Manager
James Hearn
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have rented this house several times over the last few years and I hesitate to review it for purely selfish reasons! It is our little private piece of paradise and has become a huge part of my children's lives - it is home away from home in the most private, exclusive setting in Nicaragua. We are huge nature lovers and this property is as unspoiled as it gets - parrots and monkeys in the trees and a beach alive with activity. Every time we've been here there have been turtles nesting on the beach, eggs hatching ... my kids have shepherded many babies safely to sea and even (alongside my husband) helped rescue a huge female turtle caught in a tide pool which was no easy feat and one of their most significant childhood memories. The first thing they do every morning is rush down and check the nests. The beach is private and the swimming is safe as the island offshore tames the wild Pacific waves - and the fishing is amazing. We catch our own dinner (including Snappers and "Viejas" ... not sure what that is in English) much of the time. Delicious. For us it is the privacy that we love the most - the quiet, the exclusivity and the complete get-away-from-it-all feel and yet in a stunningly comfortable home. However there are resorts down the road with a golf course and a really cool beach town nearby called Playa Gigante with cafes, surfing lessons and quite the evening ambiance. Although you could probably have someone pick you up in Managua, it is a good idea to have your car - there's lots to explore. I suggest stopping in one of the big grocery stores in Managua, stocking up for the week as the nearest town, Tola, has limited options. Only back a week and we are already staring at calendars and wondering when we can return! Fabulous place, really.
Mar 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Guacalito de La Isla in Rivas Department

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Bunk Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Best value 3b / 3.5bt beachfront house in Guacalito resort w/ private pool
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 14 reviews

Relax and unwind

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and quiet setting if relaxation is what you are looking for. House is very comfortable and pool and location to the beach are amazing.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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By far the best value and beach in the area!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Mukul next door and have always admired this house. Great find and can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property, amazing price!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Guacalito is amazing. A group of us stayed here for a couple of nights and couldn't have asked for a better place to relax. We had the entire beach to ourselves (which is the picturesque beach that I have ever been to) and loved exploring the tide pools and surrounding area. Its just a quick walk through the backyard. Communication was great- responses within minutes. The house itself is very conducive to hanging out with friends and family as the whole first floor is open to the pool. We also had a local sell us fresh lobster that we watched him catch in the water minutes before! Can't beat this property for the price!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a nightmare!

  • 1 of 5

I had high hopes for this house based on the pictures, description, and other reviews. I sure was wrong. We experienced many issues with the house. The worst part was they couldn't careless about any of them and just ignored us.

Here's a more accurate description of the house so you have a better idea of what you are getting.

Looking for a Nicaraguan adventure? You'll find it here! This home sits atop a hill overlooking a stunning Pacific beach. To access the beach, all you need to do is make your way down this hill, littered with sharp rocks, sticks, and stray animal feces. We suggest bringing your hiking shoes for this adventurous trek to the water. Halfway down this hill, be prepared to launch your beach bag over the barbed wire fence that blocks your beach access. You'll never fit it through the gap in the fence posts. If you've been working out for that perfect bikini body, you should be able to squeeze your way through the minuscule space between the barbed wire that is considered your beach access.

Not rocking a body worthy of a fitness magazine cover? Not current on your tetanus shot? I'm sorry to say there is no other way to access that lovely beach, but at least the house has a pool! With a gorgeous view of the beach and the barbed wire closing you in, you can take a breathtaking swim with the bees. These bees, who also love the pool, will most certainly take issue with you invading their territory. In less than 48 hours, both my wife and my four-year-old son were stung by two of the dozens of bees that don't like to share their pool. We involuntarily gave up access to our beach toys, which the bees found delightful homes. Maybe you'll donate yours to the bees too. It won't matter; you can't get to the beach anyway.

No beach? No pool? No matter! You don't want to get dirty anyway! Only one of the three showers in the house works, and it can be a pain to crowd everyone into one shower.

It's unlikely you came all the way to Nicaragua to spend time in the outdoors anyway, right? There's plenty to do inside, even when you're in a tropical paradise. Our kids found tons of entertainment in the house. After his bee sting scared him away from the pool and rendered his years of swimming lessons worthless, our son's favorite activity was collecting the many house ants with a piece of paper and feeding them to the house spiders. Just one of the many delightful things you can do in your Nicaraguan house adventure if you choose to stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, Thank you for your feedback. The issue with the fence is resolved. It was an error with the neighbors survey and they shouldn't have put it there. As you yourself note, the beach access was left open. We agree with you that the fence was unsightly and the beach access they left too narrow. We were surprised to hear about litter and animal feces and went to investigate. We found none; the surrounding area is very well kept by the resort (since the beach is a nestling turtle sanctuary) and the property itself is looked after carefully by Adolfo. There are no 'stray animals'.... there are, however, monkeys, tree sloths, iguanas and other wildlife about -- but these don't produce a lot of feces, especially around the homes. We found no feces of any type after receiving your complaint. Likewise, no litter. Your comment that we couldn't care less is untrue. Since before you arrived through your trip we responded to all of your communications in most cases within minutes. Had you reported the shower pressure issue, we would have resolved it. All that needed to be done was to soak the shower heads in vinegar. They had become clogged by calcium from the very hard water we have in the area. We are sorry you went away with such a negative overall impression and hope you give us an opportunity to make it up to you sometime in the future.
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Best value for money in guacalito/redonda bay area

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing get away at a pretty much private beach (playa guacalito) and your own pool this is it. Spent three nights as a family with two younger children. Morning walks on the beach in which we had the beach to ourselves then spent afternoons in the pool. Each day only saw a few people on the beach from the nearby guacalito resort. While we did not need need tv or wifi, be aware that these services were not working, but trust me you don't need them (or if you do just use Movistar 3G on your phone as reception was fine and kids watched Netflix streaming on phone).

as others have recommended stock up on groceries on your way in as other than bottle water provided not much to be found nearby. There are some good hikes to close by viewpoints of the ocean cliffs.

Also, while this property is officially in the "guacalito" resort to get inside the "pellas and mukul" areas you will need to make a reservation at the restaurant or spa as the entrance and exit is through the service entrance of the property as the couple of houses on this beach were the original homes prior to construction of mukul/guacalito.

Overall though for the price and accommodations of the house this is the best value I've found in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with a gorgeous beach!

  • 4 of 5

This house is as beautiful as it is in the photos. The beach is AMAZING, and we mostly had it to ourselves. If you have any concerns about safety, don't. There are 2 guard gates before you get to the house. You can feel certain that there won't be anyone on the property who doesn't belong. We arrived at the airport late at night, and our driver was there to meet us just as planned and the trip to the house went very smoothly, despite the late hour. Our driver pulled over to let us see the Masaya Volcano outside of Managua...beautiful! The house is secluded, so if you're looking for a beach that feels like your very own, this is it! The pool is beautiful and offers a great view to the beach.

Some things we would suggest:

Bring beach towels (there aren't any in the house)

Bring a hair dryer if you need one

Bring some basic seasonings if you plan to cook

Bring coffee filters (none to be found even at Maxi Pali), or plan to use the espresso maker

Know at least some basic Spanish

Consider renting a mobile wifi devise. We got ours at the airport

Places we would recommend:

A visit to Gigante

A visit to Mag Rock

Avis near Guacalito (car rental is very reasonable)

Bordport Coffee Shop by Avis...great iced lattes, nice guy who works there, and good wifi

Fruit stands in Tola

Playa Colorado in Hacienda Iguana and the beach restaurant this beach!

Fishing with Zack

A visit to Ometepe, but if you want to hike the volcano, you should probably make plans to stay overnight

We will miss the relaxed, laid back atmosphere...walking down to the beach in the morning in our pajamas if we felt like it. And we will definitely miss this beautiful place!

A hugethank you to Iain for all the help and info. It was nice to meet him in person, and he was available by WhatsApp pretty much all the time. We're happy to have a new friend!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Playa Guacalito
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Guacalito de La Isla, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
17 Nov 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest
17 Dec 2018 - 26 Dec 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £57 per night, per additional guest
New Year
27 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £57 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £38 per night, per additional guest

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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