|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
If your idea of a great vacation is to travel half way around the world to find another Starbucks, then this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you long to be at the edge of an authentic Nicaraguan fishing village, surf incredible waves by yourself, or walk along a beach that Moon's Handbook Travel Guide describes as " relatively deserted, undeveloped and absolutely beautiful. This is a beach like no other.", then this is for you.
This romantic one bedroom house is ideal for a couple. The interior decoration is playful and the open floor plan with its incredible views of the ocean from all living spaces enhance your vacation experience. The large patio in the front of the house overlooks the beach and has a built in table for outside drinking and dining. The living room sofa can be used as a bed. The 14' high by 8' wide arched front door and large front window add to the open feeling of the house. The open design utilizes the natural breezes of the ocean for cooling.
This one bedroom beach house, finished in 2010, provides the perfect balance between private beach and an active village with its dirt roads, thatched huts and an old lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing on the coast. There are no stores like you would find in the U.S. but you can find a lot of things you need in its Ventas, the small stores out of of private homes, located 3 minutes walk away. If you get tired of surfing the great waves right off your front porch, turn left at the beach to the turtle reserve with its undisturbed beachfront. Or you can turn right, watch the local fisherman launch their pongas (fishing boats) and continue on to the village. Another option is to go to the Padre Ramos Wetlands Reserve,1 to 5 day kayak tours with an ornithologist are available. This estuary is a "decidedly mellower place to swim than the ocean and is home to all the wild life-especially birds-you could hope to see", as quoted from Moon's Travel Guide. Or you can lay in the hammock and watch the pelicans fly by.
Internet service is available in the house with the use of a dongle. Surfboards, surfing instruction, surfing and fishing tours, horses and about anything else you want can also be provided by Nicaragua Escape.You can check their website for more information. They can meet you at the airport and provide transportation to the house, as well as many other services.
You can easily walk to town and the caretaker, or the friendly locals, can help you find your way around. It's a ten minute walk down the beach to Monty's Surf Camp for a great meal and drinks. Beyond them is a fun place called Rancho Tranquilo, a vegetarian restaurant and bar. Close by Rancho Esperanza also offers inexpensive meals and coffee. These are English speaking venues, there are also numerous Spanish speaking venues nearby including a new restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner about 4 minutes walk down the beach. The fresh fish dinner for $4.50 is not to be missed.
If you are a family or group, We would like to recommend my mother's two bedroom house next door (VRBO #247904). For groups of eight to twelve, rent both.
ENJOY, Peter & Sue
We are Peter and Sue Portugal. Our son owns Nicaragua Escape, a surfing lodge and restaurant in nearby Aserradores. We came to Nicaragua to visit him and his family and fell in love with the area. Peter's mom has built a house next door so it's a family affair.
Sue & Peter Poetugal purchased this house in 2007
We decided to buy property and build a vacation home in this area. It will be our retirement retreat, and a vacation rental when we aren't there. There is an incredible beach front with wonderful surf. We love the people we have met and become friends with. Our son, daughter in law and new grandson live close by.
We enjoy relaxing and soaking up the heat. The weather here is a perfect complement to the foggy coastal weather of northern California where we live. We love to swim and boogey board in the warm ocean.
We spent a week at Casa Portugal and really enjoyed our time there. Arriving in Managua we took a taxi to the Leon micro bus terminal and spent a couple of nights in Leon before taking a micro bus to Chinandega. We arranged for a taxi (with the owners son) to meet us and after stopping at the grocery store we drove to the beach house. Very comfortable with a well supplied kitchen. Love the huge, high windows and doors and comfortable couch. Very open/airy which was fantastic. The caretakers are great and announced when the tortilla sellers were outside and even supplied a chair to wait for the bus! Besides fresh tortillas we bought coconut bread (which makes great french toast) and fish in town. The hammocks are great for relaxing and very private.
Besides being a fabulous house, the location is the best, as it sits right at the beginning of town. Looking towards the ocean, going left is a long expanse of mostly uninhabited beach. To the right is the fishing village of Jiquilillo. I enjoyed watching the fishing boats leave in the afternoon and return in the morning. One of my favorite activities is walking beaches and looking for sea shells. I was not disappointed. The beach goes forever and is flat and easy for walking. The surf was small when we were there, but good for swimming right out front.
We took the bus one day to the community of Padre Ramos and on the way back stopped at Monty's for the wifi. It is easy to get around without a car. Nice community and Casa Portugal is the place to stay!
We spent our third summer at Casa Portugal and continue to be charmed by Jiquilillo. The house is amazing and the caretakers are wonderful people. We have stayed a month here for the last three summers and my sons and I feel at home. Follow Sue and Peter's suggestions for a wonderful experience. Once in town, you will discover all types of activities, from a Volcano hike to a trip to the Padre Ramos estuary. There is a great surf/body board break right in front of the house, and a huge porch with a tiled table where we spend most of our time. I strongly recommend connecting with the folks at Rancho Esperanza. It is a great place to volunteer and enjoy getting to know the staff and guests (typically backpackers from all over the world). We arrange transport from the airport with the owners and stock the kitchen in Chinandega on our way in. We don't bother with a car. The house is exactly as described, and Juan and Jamileth are available to help with anything you need. We (my sons are 12 and 14) hope to return again next summer!!!
Our week long stay here was much too short. The place is literally steps to the ocean. During high tide I think the ocean came up about 30 feet from the patio! There's a perfect surf break right in front of the house all to yourself. The caretakers, Jose and his family, were so sweet. My 2 yr old couldn't wait to play with their children everyday after they came home from school. He still talks about them! This house is very comfortable to stay at even with small children and not to mention I was 7 months pregnant at the time! Would love to come back sometime!
My sons and I spent an amazing month here this summer. The house is great, Sue is VERY accurate in her portrayal of their property. She provides a welcome document about the house and the town with excellent information and suggestions. We took a taxi from the airport to Chinandega, shopped at a large market for the items we could not get in Jiquilillo (per Sue's advice), and then traveled to the house. The caretaker Jose does an outstanding job, he and his family are friendly and helpful. My sons really enjoyed their time with Jose's children and other kids in town. The town is small and welcoming. We volunteered at Rancho Esperanza and recommend visiting the rancho to volunteer, eat a great meal (usually vegetarian), and meet great people (locals and travelers). The property is 100-200 feet from the water depending on the tide. The waves/current were strong while we were there. We are from southern California and my sons are good boogie boarders and they got a workout. We did not have or need a car, everything in town is within walking distance and you can take the bus or taxi anywhere else. There is no ATM in town so plan ahead. You can definitely use smaller US bills ($20 and less) around town as easily as cordobas. We did our own cooking (basic food like quesadillas, rice and beans, etc.), and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. We spent most of our time on the huge tiled patio around the built in table playing games and hanging out with new friends. We hope to go back and would definitely stay here again!
To put it simply, it was amazing. The pictures are very accurate as to what you will receive - a one bedroom house right on the beach; beautiful view, peaceful, and secure. While we were there we swam daily, read and relaxed on the porch and took walks along the beach. It was exactly what we were looking for.
The house is located essentially right on the main road before getting to the centre of the small town. A second rental is located in the same compound as well as the caretaker’s house. The three houses are within view of each other – it’s private, but not secluded. We encountered no problems with security at all either at the house, village, or in the area as a whole. The house itself is clean and well taken care of - but don't expect the same quality as a high-end hotel. This is a sort of indoor-outdoor living with the large patio, doors and windows. As a result, expect ants, flies, geckos and other bugs (or even birds if you don't put the garbage out!). Expect to hear crowing roosters frequently and see lots of pelicans! The tap and shower water is also salty due to the proximity to the ocean. None of these issues were a problem, they added to the adventure for us.
The owners provide a very detailed welcome package on how to get to Jiquilillo (taxi is the best option in my opinion) and to bring food and supplies. I would personally recommend bringing extra towels for swimming or bathing, extra fresh water, extra toilet paper/paper towels, etc if you come in by taxi (depending on the length of your stay) and any special kitchen supplies that are out of the ordinary (For example, while there was a coffee maker on site, we brought our Handpresso). I recommend waking up early to buy fish from the local fisherman, checking out Rancho Tranquilo for drinks and good company, and arranging a day hike of Volcano Cosiguina for spectacular views (Tina from Rancho Tranquilo arranged this for us).
The caretaker, Hose, was helpful. But for us non-Spanish speakers, communication was difficult. Ramero, who lives in Chinandega but arranged for internet and some other things for us, was particularly helpful and friendly. There is also a very friendly local dog there that comes around for company and food – we called him El Pescado for the way he wriggled around in the sand!).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It is much more expensive than renting just a bed at the hotel/hostels in Jiquilillo – but I believe it is certainly worth the money.
This is not a resort. Far from it. But if you take into account that you are stepping into a tiny fishing village in a remote corner of Nicaragua, you have found sanctuary. My wife and I brought lots to read, and we went through all of our books that we brought. The days were gloriously long, a day felt like a week. This is very good; it didn't feel like the vacation was over in a flash.
You are steps away from a beautiful beach, and you get used to the sound of the ocean all day and night. As we went in the dry season, we didn't have any mosquitoes to worry about. The town is more of a collection of improvised, home made huts but seem to be enough for the occupants. I would only warn of two things. First, dogs can be ubiquitous and if you don't care for them, it can be an issue. (The dog that hangs at the house is fine, the ones in town are dicey). Also, the road from the main highway is quite rough. If you take the chicken bus to Chinandega, you will be amazed at how your concept of how many people can fit onto a bus can change. Taking cabs are cheap and easy and after our chicken bus experience, worth it. Jose (the caretaker) can arrange it for you.
The cook that is provided for a very reasonable price is well worth it. Julia will cook up a storm and save you the bother. She knows how to fix the local ingredients better than you ever will, and she also serves as good company.
We are on the ocean next to the Padre Ramos Reserve. There is an active fishing community nearby as well as an undisturbed beach. The surfing in front of the house is the best in the area. We an send you our welcome packet that goes into detail about the houses.
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3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200.00|
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