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Located in the hills north of San Juan del Sur in Balcones de Majagual

Laura Taylor

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Located in the hills north of San Juan del Sur in Balcones de Majagual

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


San Juan del Sur House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, Sleeps 5

Far from the madding crowd, Casa La Serena is a secluded, private and comfortable architectural jewel for you to enjoy at an affordable price. Nestled among trees, surrounded with woods teeming with life, Casa La Serena is a self-contained oasis with its own private pool, outdoor shower, granite and wood dining table. Every room offers spectacular views with balconies to watch birds and monkeys and the amazing flora of the tropics. Bedrooms are intimate and romantic, furnished with classy native wood furniture. The sound of crashing waves will lull you to sleep, and you will be surprised by the unique sounds of visiting troops of howler monkeys on the surrounding trees.and the myriad of birds.

When sharing the house with friends or kids, the different levels of the house will insure privacy while providing a common social area. The well-equipped kitchen and BBQ will allow you to cook to your heart's content. Reserve now. You will have the adventure of your life in comfort and safety.

Main building

* living room with couch, futon and leather chairs

* kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar

* sliding walls in living room open to covered dining porch, pool and views of the ocean

* master bedroom with king size bed

Bedroom/Office building

* exotic hardwood furniture:

* Queen bed

* desk overlooking ocean

* walk in shower with stone floor and picture window

Vacation in the progressive community of Balcones de Majagual, 30 miles from the Costa Rican border and located in the lush Pacific coastal region, nestled amongst abundant flora and fauna on rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean 12 km north of San Juan Del Sur. Experience seclusion and privacy amidst an exotic landscape steps from the beach. We have monkeys, sea turtles, surf breaks, hiking, kayaking, sunsets, quiet, tropical forests, and especially beaches. Yet, our proximity to the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur allows for markets, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

We are dedicated to both preserving and enjoying this special part of the world. We are challenged by the issues of living responsibly within our ecosystem and dedicated to exploring progressive architecture and alternative energy with an unyielding respect for the local environment.

4WD is required on the roads outside San Juan del Sur and within our community. Hot water via solar power and battery backup to keep the refrigerator cold when the Nicaraguan power grid is down is provided. The house has WIFI internet, and includes cleaning service and 24 hour security.

We do not recommend this house for families with toddlers.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Taylor (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa La Serena is absolutely amazing!! Very close to the beaches!

One of the best place I've been! This place is huge, clean, safe. Everything is very efficient and well thought. The master bedroom is literally gorgeous! The view from the pool is spectacular. The staff has been very nice with them.

We stayed 4 nights at Casa La Serena it was absolutely fantastic, we had a blast.

Laura let us doing a late checking. I strongly recommend casa la Serena!!
Apr 2015
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Located in the hills north of San Juan del Sur in Balcones de Majagual
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 34 reviews

Overall Disappointment

  • 1 of 5

The house was not as bright and cheerful as the pictures portrayed. The pool area was devoid of any color, no plants, just sterile concrete, and the pool itself needed a new coat of paint - it was less than inviting. Tropical flowering plants around the pool would have done wonders. Some doors on the different rooms locked and others did not so being 2 women alone in the middle of nowhere we decided to sleep in the same room, defeating the purpose of renting a place with 2 suites. Shayla at Remax in SJDS took us out to the property and was in contact for the first day then disappeared completely. We were waiting for her to make arrangements for us to visit Morgan's Rock for the day. We waited and waited and emailed and called her multiple times with zero response. We were so disappointed in the service that we packed up and left Casa Serena early and stayed elsewhere. We emailed Shayla that we were leaving and she did not inquire or follow up as to why we were leaving though she had our email and our phone number which we were using in country. We can only assume it's because she was aware that she had completely blown us off. Thankfully, our stay elsewhere was so fabulous that it made up for the loss of money spent on Casa Serena. The house has potential but the service and feel of the house needs some work, along with the development as a whole which feels abandoned and a bit run down. I'm sorry to say we would definitely not return.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. In an effort to always improve our service to guests based on some of the suggestions in your review. The lock has since been fixed, and the objects that warm the space up (plants etc) have been places back on the patio now that windy season has passed and they no longer are projectiles- (we had the worst windy season in our rental history and due to the damage and destruction the winds were causing had all possible projectiles removed from the pool area) What we have also learned from thus review is that our instances on our guests having their own transportation is critical. We allowed you and your guest to stay with out one due to your previous travel to Nicaragua and and your insistence that it was not required. We feel this affected your stay and led to your feeling of isolation and will insist on this for future guests. You would not have been able to access Morgan's Rock without your own transportation While we apologize for the lack of response to your emails by Shayla- an email was not sent to the booking agent despite clear instructions to contact her for this activity. We appreciate you taking the time to write this and as always will continue to work to provide our guests with the best experience possible in San Juan del Sur

The Great Escape!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa La Serena was a true escape and complete juxstaposition from the energy that came from SJDS. The support from Gabby, Laura and Shayla coudln't have been more helpful, from answering our pre visit questions, to taking us for a tour of San Juan, to helping us get familar with the lay of the land. If you plan on staying at Balcones for a few days be sure to stock up bc the drive back to town can take time away from your planned R&R. If you enjoy fresh seafood be sure to pick up some from fish/shrimp/lobster etc from the fish market at the pier in town.

At Casa La Serena you will be immersed in the sound of slience so be prepared to slow down, shift into neutral and enjoy alot of R&R. The howler monkeys will remind every morning not to sleep in too late and that as much as you may think you are alone you aren't. There is a little establishment called Matildas on the beach near by where you can purchase some cold refreshments and a freshly prepared lunch if you need to recharge, or just enjoy sun and sand (Dont expect a 5 star restaurant, but a true Nicaraguan experience!!) If you want to spoil yourselves even more than you have up to this point ask about purchasing a day pass to Morgans Rock. They have a great restaurant, infiniti pool overlooking the ocean, we had the beach to ourselves (although most beaches in Nica are often like that) They have handfull of tours you can book so check out what they have to offer.

There wasnt much to complain about, all in all you cant control the nature that will surround you on your stay but isnt that why you are booking this place?!! to immerse yourself into a suspended state of relaxtion and to be one with nature!! (don't panic the scorpions aren't lethal)....In the end enjoy relaxing in the infinti pool with a cold Tona as you watch the Sun Set over the ocean..what more can you ask for...

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oran, Missouri

Wonderful Place to hang your hat!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay during the month of November. I wish I had more time to write a more thorough review, but I'm back at work and missing Casa La Serena. Staff was great, house was great, and Town was Great.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

This is an INCREDIBLE getaway - beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this house, property and location. It's incredibly decadent yet rustic at the same time. The view from the pool and bedrooms is ridiculous and so are the sunsets every night. We loved the "nature" feel of the place with howler monkeys waking you up sometimes in the middle of the night, birds making all kinds of cool noises and ocean breezes coming right through the screened bedroom "walls" -- nothing like it. We were surprised there weren't more bugs - we didn't see a single mosquito. We did, however, see and kill (sorry) a scorpion! We had lots of possums visiting as well. The walk to the beach is super easy and we hiked up two or three beaches north which were quiet and beautiful (the beaches south are more crowded and not as pretty). The kitchen has everything you need, and the bedrooms & bathrooms are sooooo funky, gorgeous and earthy all at the same time. Gabby was also first rate helping us get food and sharing her local knowledge. We'd come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Best Vacation, EVER!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this rental property enough. Our experience was absolutely amazing. My husband and I rented this house for 10 days for our honeymoon. Laura, Gabby and Shayla were fabulous with answering all of my (many) questions so that we knew what to expect upon our arrival to Nicaragua.

We rented a private, round trip, shuttle through Iskra Travel from Managua to San Juan Del Sur. They dropped us off at Dollar Rental where we rented our extremely nice truck for the week. Then we headed to the office to meet Shayla. She showed us around town and took us to the fish market, specialty market and Pali grocery store. Shayla then drove us out to the property and told us everything we needed to know about the property and the town. The fish market is exceptional and you can buy fresh Dorado for $3/lb, amazing! We are so grateful for Shayla and her tour, as we would have been lost without her.

We ended up cooking most nights because there aren't many good reasons to leave the house. The house is gorgeous with a spectacular view. The house was clean, comfortable and just as pictured on VRBO. There were people who came to clean the pool daily and maintain the plants. We only asked to have the house cleaned once because anything more seemed unnecessary. The house is about a 4 minute drive from the beach and we suggest driving it because it is so much easier, especially with chairs and a surf board! The beach is gorgeous with almost no one on it (doesn't get much better than that). Lunch at Juanita's Kitchen was delicious as was the taco place on Maderas. We did the catamaran sale with Nica Surf and Sail and had a BLAST. We also hired a fishing charter through Hotel Gran Oceano and would highly recommend them. We caught 6 tuna and made fresh ceviche for supper that night. We thoroughly enjoyed having cocktails in the pool and watching the sun set.

I want to stress how safe we felt during our trip. We only stayed in town past dark once so we really weren't pushing it. But I read lots of things about how "unsafe" Nicaragua is, etc. and it made me nervous about our trip. We felt totally opposite, safe.

Overall, again, I cannot say enough wonderful things about our trip. If you are even half way on the fence about going, DO IT! This is the only trip I have ever taken where I have genuinely missed it since returning home. AMAZING!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Everything you could want and more...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, relaxing atmosphere, a sparkling pool and a show from the howler monkeys were the highlights of our stay at Casa la Serena. We rented a 4 x 4 for the week and enjoyed the adventure of trips into town and visits to some outstanding beaches. Gabriela gave us a tour around SJDS which helped us immensely is locating the services we required. The home was well equipped and the staff were friendly and respectful. I would definitely recommend this location for anyone looking for some R & R with a twist of out of the ordinary.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Playa Maderas
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Chocalate Road at Maderas Turnoff
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rancho Las Marias
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual
Car: necessary

Balcones at Majagual is an ecological retreat in the jungle about 7 miles north of San Juan del Sur. Monkeys and parrots are our main wildlife - and will visit your home every day. Our neighborhood has beachfront on the small beach between Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual - great for swimming, sun bathing and surfing.

4 wheel drive is recommended to access the areas between Balcones at Majagual and San Juan del Sur - about 7 miles on a dirt road, which usually takes about half hour to drive.

Other Activities: zip-line through jungle canopy, bird watching, exploring jungle, surfing, shopping, kayaking, boating


Rates & Availability

From $160 Per night

San Juan del Sur House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season 2015
Apr 3 2015 - Jun 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
Green Season
Jun 2 2015 - Sep 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Tropical Fall
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Tropical Summer
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2016
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 19 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0.00
Notes 5% added for credit card and paypal charges
To reserve this property we request 50% in advance. The remaining balance is to be paid when checking in.
There's a 5% charge for Credit Card payments, and a 3.5% for payments via PayPal.

We ask you to inquire with us if you want to propose or ask for a special deal. We are flexible and depending on the season we can offer lower rates sometimes.
Per night 175-275
Monthly rates: Ask
Weekly rate: 1050-1925
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San Juan del Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite - toilet , shower
    Bedroom - toilet , shower
    Pool Patio - outdoor shower
  • Three piece bathrooms have jungle and ocean views as well as solar heated hot water showers A convenient 2 piece bathroom is locate beside the pool
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Office Suite - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms, each in separate building located on either side of common living space and pool patio. The master bedroom has a comfortable king bed, balcony, stairs to swimming pool, large closets, double sinks, picture window in the shower, tv and dvd player. Second bedroom has shelves, beautiful desk, queen bed, smaller closet, picture window in shower, one sink. Living room contains futon for additional guest
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The house is not recommended for toddlers. Swimming pool has no covers and balconies have open railings. There's wireless internet.

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