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A Natural Polynesian Reserve with Stunning Ocean Views, Beaches, Tranquillity...

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Acre Bali Setting, 3 Bedrooms, Ocean Views, Peace, Privacy, Nature, Beaches

If you are looking for the benefits of a modern house with a tropical flavor you have found it. This is not US tropical. It is strictly a Nicaraguan experience meant to provide the best of both worlds.Casa Roja is really a private reserve, where you get away from the city, though it is only 10 minutes away. You immerse yourself in nature, with beaches 5 minutes away and tortoise sanctuaries just down the road. Views of the ocean are everywhere. A quiet and silent retreat on almost 3 acres where the only sounds are monkeys and birds. If you want an ecological experience with all the modern necessities, then you have found it. You and the forest and a thousand plants and trees......this is what a tropical vacation is all about.

That is why I say there is NO other home like this in the San Juan area.

View the video - see what they mean when they say "bird's eye view". With an ocean view as well as crystal clear view of Costa Rica, your eyes will never get tired of this vista. And, if they do, or the spirit moves you, head on down to Hermosa beach, just five minutes down the road.

The house was designed in an innovative style. As the photos reveal, the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, While you and friends can enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy. And, the house is only rented to one group at a time. You will never "share" Casa Roja with anyone but your family and friends. And its location is private. I mean private. You will never hear nor see your neighbors, nor will they see you, yet there are 2-3 homes less than a quarter mile away. We have a 24 hour caretaker « Luis », who lives away from the main house and will never disturb you, yet they are there to help in any way - clean, give tours of the area, keep the pool sparking and more. You will feel alone but always have them nearby. You also have a maid coming every morning to clean the house, do your beds,……

Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 15, but at 4' average depth, safe for the kiddies as well. Early riser? Fix some Nicaraguan coffee, read on the patio and take a walk or jog in complete silence up the dirt road. Go 1 mile or 10. Bring water and sunblock so we don't have to send Luis to find you!

People email me months after they leave Casa Roja,. They still have special memories of this "Garden of Eden" .They remember the silence; the forest sounds or the monkeys howling in the distance. They remember being surrounded by plants and fruit trees and jungle. They remember that Casa Roja was not a simply a vacation rental, but rather a journey to a special place of rest, fun, and exploration.

Before I give you a more detailed description of the bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted to explain a few things about the house. You'll be in a home that is not sterile or ''made to rent''.

Part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city - in a rich environment. That is what you will find here. I live here because of the magic of this home and location. You will understand that after only a few days. If you are seeking peace and serenity, you have found it.

If you need an affordable 4 wheel drive car, or have some fun with a quad just ask Luis and drive away directly from « your » front door. Need a cook for authentic Nicaraguan meals; all easily arranged so you can just relax. Need a gourmet cook who will whip up any sort of meal you want (owner and chef at three well known restaurants) - no problem!!

The master suite - apart from all other buildings - has a King bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. The room can easily take another double bed or queen. So, toddlers, welcome. Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, shower - hot water even! - two granite sinks and full width mirror. TV, overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience.

The two-bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed in one room, with room for another bed and then two singles in the other room. Both rooms have drawers for clothes and either a desk or table. Again overhead lights and fans make life comfortable. Outside one bedroom french doors open to a private patio with a hammock for sleeping or reading or both. The bathroom has a three-sided glass shower with textured tile walls. A marble sink, toilet and tiled surfaces throughout complete the room.

In addition, many people enjoy sleeping in the house in the tv room/study. We add some beds and you can wake up and be the first to the coffee! Others sleep in the two-story rancho in beds or matrimonial traditional luxury hammocks. There, you experience the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air breezes as you drift to sleep.....So at Casa Roja, you have a wide variety of sleeping accommodations for the numbers and mixes of guests who stay here.

The main house has a full kitchen with granite and marble countertops throughout. Wooden cabinets with glass windows reveal all the dishes and rum and wine glasses you'll need. Fridge is normal size and can fit all you can eat and drink! It's modern and energy efficient, just remember to open and close quickly to preserve the electricity. In addition we have a wine cellar with a selection of wines. Modern gas stove and broiler, toaster, blender,..… plates, silverware, cooking dishes, about everything you need is there!

The TV room/office has a comfortable sofa and chairs as well as a desk, People use it for email (yes, wi-fi) or writing, the living room is open with sofa and 2 comfy chairs, large hand carved floor tiles with wood accent and majestic 25 foot ceiling..

The ceiling in the main house is all palm fronds, 26 feet high, (other casitas are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and yes, 100% waterproof, with a large sliding glass door to the patio, say no more. The patio is where 75% of your waking life will be!! Views, sunsets, drinks, monkey howls, drinks, music, dancing, drinks, BBQ's on gas or charcoal grill and then, yes, relax and have a drink. Got the picture?

And now, with my many fruit trees blooming, if you need some fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons and soon, mangos - just talk to Luis, my caretaker, with the biggest smile and warmest heart - and he'll be glad to get you whatever fruit you need.

A recent guest said It best "It was hard to leave this beautiful home. The location of the house was perfect; close to town for groceries or activities, but just far enough so that every time we came home we felt as if we were very far away “from it all”. . Afternoons we enjoyed reading, relaxing, swimming and partaking in the local Nicaraguan Rum. After dinner, a glass of wine or a Nica Libre, music and lightening shows over Costa Rica were a spectacular end to the day.

Last thing. One night around 10 PM, after a warm day, turn out all the lights in the house. Go out to the brick patio and lie down, feel the warmth from the sun on the bricks, and then gaze at the star strewn sky above. There, you will see the Milky Way Galaxy the way you have never seen it before. After being mesmerized by the silent beauty, you wake up with a start - and suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still outside with only the croaking frogs as your company...

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Owner
Giovanni Garlanda
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2017

About Giovanni Garlanda

For many years I looked for a place to semi retire. After 50 years, most of them in Europe, I followed a life long dream and moved to this beautiful country to start a new life, real life. My only regret? not having done so earlier.....

Giovanni Garlanda purchased this house in 2008

Why Giovanni Garlanda chose Nicaragua

Since I set foot on the country I fell in love with Nicaragua, people are friendly and warm hearted, the country is safe, weather is Sunshine everyday, so after some trips back and forth from Europe I decided to move to Nica. As I listed Casa Rosa I fell in love with this place, this home reflects who I am and what I like - rather than being an investment. For example, it is 100% solar. Some people steer clear from solar because they are worried it won't work or they will be inconvenienced. Well, you won't be inconvenienced at all. I believe in sustainability, saving energy, giving back, and so live the values I believe in. This house and area resonate of living within these values. And, when you are here, amidst the peace and tranquillity - yet so close to the fun and entertainment of San Juan - you feel like you too will share these values.

Nicaragua is now becoming quietly discovered and now this area as well. More people have seen the benefit of traveling to unique and adventurous areas, modern, but in a different world completely. Cows can be your neighbors. An oxen cart may walk by. Here you may dream of setting up an organic garden......sometimes in certain areas, but this neighborhood especially, you will feel that you have been transported to a different time and place....that's what I love about this country.

What makes this house unique

The gate swings open. You drive down a 400 ft. driveway lined by palm trees. A resort? When you arrive at the house, after a long flight, the first thing you'll do is walk out to the patio - directly in front of you - and say "wow". Yes, "wow". When you look around and then fully comprehend the detached layout of the house, you will then fully understand and smile; " Ah, this is what he meant by privacy". Sit down in one of the rocking chairs and feel the stress melt away, and, you realize you want a drink. (doesn't matter what time it is, it is always afternoon somewhere in the world) Later, hop down to Playa Hermosa just a few minutes away.. Jump in the pool. The location, the tranquility.....

Many other homes have great views, pools, close to town and more. But Casa Rosa has struck a chord. Casa Roja as it all and then some: the views, being closer to the best beaches and its in a stunning locale - and has peace and quiet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Fred here - a short guest comment upon arrival, many long hours and airports later. Put a smile on my face this morning.....)



Oh my gosh Fred! This place is incredible. We are blown away. 36 hours later we made it to paradise. You are amazing this home is just so beautiful. Just had a dip in the pool and now putting our very weary heads to bed. Luis is so nice. We feel welcome here and again its just so special here. You have done wonderful work. Thank you for this wonderful paradise! We are feeling very blessed. We almost didn't survive the airlines fiasco but now it is well worth it!!



P.S. Pasco, Yeddi (sp?) and Indy are hanging with us. We already love them
Jul 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Juan del Sur in Municipal de Rivas

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 16:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • town ...
  • village ...
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Full 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Half 1 - Toilet , sink naturally
  • Modern, mirrors, electricity granite and marble countertops, shower, huge bathtub in master suite, so huge I've never used it, prefer the pool! Hot water in all bathrooms and kitchen.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Other double, twin or child bed/crib can easily be added
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Options for others beds as well
  • There is one queen bed in the Master Bedroom suite. This suite is a separate from the main house for privacy. As mentioned it has ample room for another bed - for toddlers or otherwise There is a queen bed in the 'duplex' casita as well. Same as above, need another bed, just ask! All bedrooms have new locally crafted night tables and lamps. In the other bedroom of the duplex casita, there are two double beds. I have an extra queen and extra double beds/frames/mattress for larger groups or families with little kids. Many people enjoy sleeping in the two story rancho - on a bed or huge hammocks. Others still others crash on the couch - please ask me about your particular situation if uncertain, but only once were the clients disappointed. Well, they had 15 people!! And, there is a limit of 8 people!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Most vacation rental have the basics listed above. But, this home comes with “virtual” low blood pressure ambience. If your “retreat” from your harried life doesn’t include that, it’s not a vacation. As you drive to the front gate you feel the welcoming forest canopy overhead that instantly lowers the temperature and calms the soul. So, before you even arrive at the front door, life has changed in ways more important than a 12 cubic foot refrigerator. A two story palm covered rancho with double and single hammocks, standard. Two other hammocks on the patio. Also standard. Year round calming breeze. Standard. Monkeys howling in the distance, pet guinea hens walking around clucking, parrots overhead, hawks swooping, yes, all standard. Shade, sun, pool or hammock, these are getaway amenities you will not find anywhere. Anywhere!

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A Natural Polynesian Reserve with Stunning Ocean Views, Beaches, Tranquillity...
average rating of 4.9661016 based on 65 reviews
Fort Worth, TX
5

Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

I chose the Casa Roja property for our Nicaraguan vacation because the reviews from previous guests were universally positive. I am here to add another positive review for Fred's home, and to tell you that everything you read in the other reviews is spot-on!

First off, Fred was very helpful in assisting us with arranging some logistics of the trip. Fred's friend Maria hooked us up with a driver from MGA airport to the property (about a 2 hour drive) and then also set us up with a rental SUV for the week. Everything went exactly as planned. A rental 4wd SUV is almost a necessity for the trip, unless you want to do nothing but sit by the pool for your entire trip. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want to venture out and aren't scared of driving, a rental SUV would be more convenient than relying on taxis. It's about a 15 minute drive into San Juan del Sur.

Fred also referred us to Kenny, whose staff we hired to prepare an in-house meal for our first night at the house. What a great decision that was. Kenny was already at the house cooking when we arrived in the evening, and we really enjoyed that as a kickoff to the vacation.

There is a family on-site to help with anything you may need, and to pick up after you. In our case we really never needed much help, but it's comforting to know he's there just in case!

The house is just fantastic. The pictures are certainly accurate, and I'd almost say they don't even do it proper justice. We arrived at night in darkness, so when we woke up in the morning and started exploring, it was a HOLY COW experience. So beautiful, so well maintained. Sitting on the back patio on a clear morning looking out past the pool at the green hills and the Pacific, and Costa Rica in the far distance on the horizon. It just doesn't get much better than that. Don't forget to try out the hammocks up in the stand by the main house!

If you want to cook at home, the kitchen has all the creature comforts you need. We picked up some odds and ends at a market (like coffee!!) and we were set every morning.

Finally, what the pictures don't describe is the sounds of nature surrounding you. Birds, frogs, geckos, howler monkeys in the trees. We loved it all. Everywhere you go or look there was something new to explore.

Can't wait to come back again. Hopefully I'll return to Nicaragua, if I do I will book here again without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Fred was extremely helpful and took a lot of time to provide us with great info and suggestions on where to eat and what sights to see. We felt very safe and secure in his home and in Nicaragua. A beautiful country with wonderful and kind people.

Casa Roja is really beautiful, situated in the rain forest overlooking the ocean and mountains. The gardens are are gorgeous, everything is well maintained. It is a sacred space away from the hustle and bustle of San Juan. Hermosa beach is lovely and you have everything you need on the beach. Maria was very helpful in getting us a car and driver. Felix our driver was exceptional and we liked him so much we had him drive us several times through out our vacation.

Luis the caretaker is the true gem of the place, Casa Roja would cease to exist with out him. He is always available to assist and he lovingly looks after the guests and home. He has such a kind and joyfyl sprit.

It was an unforgettable experience and we hope to return in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cayman Islands
5

Special.

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start?

In researching a family trip to Nicaragua several years ago I started a VBRO conversation with Fred that has ultimately led us to make two fantastic trips to this beautiful part of the world, both times staying his wonderful retreat.

Set high in the hills overlooking the Costa Rica/Nicaragua coast line and surrounded by lush vegetation, howler monkeys and other exotic animals, Casa Roja really is a very special place. It is isolated enough so that you are away from the crowds but still only a 15 minute drive (on a paved road) into SJDS for everything you need. Louis lives on-site to provide any assistance you need while Fred always makes himself available by phone/email for anything that rudimentary Spanish and flayling hand gestures can't communicate. Both are wonderful people.

Both of our visits have been for two week durations at the start of August (2013 and 2015). We have three kids (all under 12) and we spent our days on excursions like zip lining, fishing expeditions, climbing and of-course endless visits to the many surf beaches just down the road. In the evening we ate out in SJDS in one of the many very inexpensive restaurants ('King Curry' is spectacular even if it doesn't look like much). In between times we simply lay around the pool reading books and enjoying the cool breeze.

Casa Roja is not 'luxurious' in the traditional sense of the word but then again very few things in Nicaragua are. It is however a wonderful base for a family holiday you will never forget. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mat - you've become part of the family here and Luis is always glad to see your family arrive at the front door. Let me know if you'd like more photos of the dogs, Luis and his family, his pet parrot or anything else. Its great having a family like yours visit my Casa. See you again! Thanks!
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Park City Utah
5

This is the place.

  • 5 of 5

If you are scrolling through VRBO looking for the perfect place to stay, you have just found it. There are many wonderful houses but the thing that sets this house apart is that there is love and happy spirits that are woven into the house right along with the wood and the plaster. Fred, the owner, is kind and thoughtful and is always there to answer questions or help you with any logistics you might have. His caretaker Louis, has a smile that reaches into his eyes, and you know if anything were to happen, he will make it ok. Worried about how you will get to the house from the airport? Worry no more. Fred has a wonderful and trusted friend and associate named Maria. She can take care of all your transportation needs, all it takes is a couple of emails. Really it is that easy. The trees with the red flowers…well Louis and Fred planted those from seed. Yes, it is that kind of place. It is a house that at first you can’t believe you get to stay in such a beautiful house and 24 hours later when you pull up the driveway - you say out loud, whew, so good to be home.

It is actually a jungle paradise compound, three houses behind the gate, one with the master bedroom, one with two bedrooms and a bath and then the main house with living space and the kitchen. It is a fantastic set up if you travel with night owls and early birds like I do.

Everything you need to cook at home is there for you. We liked to leave in the mornings, find the days adventure, stop by the market and come home for cocktails by the pool while the sun sets over costa rica and pull out the maps and plan for the next adventure. For dinner I would cook up platters of grilled chicken or fish or shrimp and warm tortillas, avocados and cold Tonas. Our group has night owls and early birds, with the kitchen/ living room in the main house and the bedrooms set away a bit in smaller casitas, it is the perfect solution for everyone. Make your coffee, turn on some music, wash some dishes, you won't disturb anyone.

We had our collective breath taken away and were been humbled over and over by the kindness and beauty of the Nicaraguan people.

I look at my photos and sigh. I wish there was a way I could go back, next month or next week. So from the four of us, we can’t recommend this house, these kind and generous people enough. I hope you send Fred an email. He can answer your questions and make great suggestions. You will be so glad that you did.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Every thing and more!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, thank you, Fred for sharing this magical place with us. To start, we set up our logistics with Fred's friend Maria. I would not use anybody else. The driver Sergio, was right there waiting with a sign at the second door. Customs by the way was very friendly and quick to get through 25min. I suggest a flight that arrives middle of the day. We had 6 adults and 2 children 2 and 8mths. Great ride from Managua to Casa Rojas approx. 2hrs with stops. Driver will stop if you ask. Everything went super smooth.

Arriving at the house was WOW!! You are in the jungle, far enough out of town for peace and quiet and close enough easy trip in to San Juan del Sur. Luis and kids greeted us at arrival what a great guy!! Gracias por todo Luis, abrasos!! Maria had our rental vehicle there and ready to go. You walk into house and straight to the back to admire the most awesome view you could think of. Whatever Fred told you multiply by 10. Everything is perfectly situated. Time just slowed down. We had monkeys in the trees, parrots and Indi. We never hurried to do anything because it was layback. We cooked some meals, drank many Tonas(great beer) and a few bottles of Flor de Cana Anejo dark rum. Town was great super friendly, ,visited the place by the beach nice for a drink but better food elsewhere. In town we recommend La Lancha and a taco place just down the road from there. Playa El Coco was nice to hang out, Hermosa and Maderas where our favorites. Rancho Tere close to house was awesome for food also.

So much to say it's hard to put into words. I just want to say this was an unforgettable trip, from talking with Fred, Luis and Maria, it was AWESOME!!! Can't wait to go back. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! That comes from myself, Maria, Luis and his family and our two favorite 4 legged ones, Indi and Toby! When friends like you leave, I always feel that you have left behind some good "karma". We are so happy that you have shared our home and left a lot of love behind. Not just to Casa Roja, but to the people of San Juan as well. So, c'mon back when you can and the same old gang will be here to greet you with smiles - and a cold Tona or two! Cheers!
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Austin Tx USA
5

Holiday Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic place to stay and decompress! Excellent location, great help from the property manager Luis, and Maria was great help with transportation. Very safe place and country overall, helps to know some spanish, but not necessary. Great food, very inexpensive in every way. Beautiful beaches and country. Granada and Ometeppe island were awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Managua
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Iguana Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Rivas to Ometepe
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
45 minutes north - Iguana
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Paved road to my house or Pan Am Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Rancho Tere
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hermosa - 5 minutes
Car: recommended

You are only about 10 minutes to San Juan. You drive on the new paved road (only took 20 years to get it done) which goes directly to my turnoff. Beautiful drive to house and if you venture south you can see the turtles laying eggs, Coco beach with its long white sandy beach, go horseback riding at my good friend Blue at Rancho Chilamate. Perfect location, close but so far away. Day trips to Granada or Masaya market are recommended.

Let me give you more information about the beaches and the surfing in general.

Playa Hermosa: five minutes to entrance, A mile long sandy bottom beach. Great for swimming, relaxing swimming. Surfing info: Multiple peaks with left and right breaks. Works best on a mid to high incoming tide.

Playa San Juan del Sur: Nice view from restaurants, marginal for swimming

Playa Remanso. 10 minutes from house. Nice beach to relax, considered by many to be a good “beginners wave” but it can hold a large swell depending on swell size and direction. Best known for its left point break but there are rights to be had on the north end if you’re patient – including some long rides when conditions are right.

Playa Yankee Recommended for technically advanced surfers only. A hard fast wedge that you’ll either love or fear. Much less frequented. Best at medium to high tide. Will hold up to overhead waves. $4 entrance fee.

Playa Coco . 15 minutes away but often a favorite for swimming and strolling on one the the most beautiful, long, white sand beach

Playa Maderas . Lots of people/surfers.The most consistently clean break in the region but also the most crowded beach. Suitable for all levels of surfing on most days. Approximately 15 minutes from town.

Again, the book, Insiders Guide to SJDS, is invaluable and I'm happy to provide you the link to buy it. The rental websites prefer not to have competing information so I can't provide it here. Just ask!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in San Juan del Sur, Central & South America

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
xmas
15 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£531
for 2 nights
From
£265
£1,725
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£500
for 3 nights
From
£167
£1,061
£2,730
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £227.46

There are two methods for payment. Using Paypal or Homeaway. They both accept credit cards, or with Paypal, you can pay from your account directly.
For groups more than 8 there is a $25/day fee for the extra person/s only. For three days, the fee is $230.00/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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