Fred Goldfarb

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Bedrooms 4
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Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Fred Goldfarb

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights



San Juan del Sur House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 5 beds, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 2-12, hammocks and more - last crowd 14!

'' I left my heart in Casa Roja'' . That is what everyone says as they say good-bye. They also try to steal one of my sweet pups who have befriended them.

'We interrupt this description for a live update. Twice in September, most recently last week, several groups of beautiful Toucans, rainbow colored, were seen eating my - your - papaya - and a nest is being built in the tree in front! How's that for breaking news!) . And, yes, the sloth returned - bring your best camera!

Weeks after you leave this oasis of tranquility, you will be humming that song. Peaceful, sweeping views of the Pacific and Costa Rica. No one around to disturb you except the wind, the jungle sounds, splashes from the pool - or the monkees howling in the distance. Surrounded by blossoming tropical Bali style plants as if you are cocooned in a forest - which you are. This is what Casa Roja offers; rest, comfort, quiet for the soul, town only 10 minutes away, all the vacation fun one needs to stir all your emotions.

This exquisite area is called Escamequita. Life here feels secluded, picturesque and rural. With the better access following the recent paving of the road from town and the improved cell coverage by Claro, Escamequita still feels blessedly untouched by time. It’s the kind of country that will inspire you to move into a hacienda, start an organic vegetable garden and throw away your cell phone. The main beaches of the area are Playa Hermosa, Yankee and Escameca - all with great surf breaks. You’ll often see pickup trucks and hostel shuttles piled high with surfers and surfboards on the way to Playa Hermosa, occasionally pulling over to watch some howler monkeys in the trees or slowing to pass droopy-eared cattle grazing on the side of the road. (Aside: some of this info comes from The Insiders Guide to San Juan del Sur - ask me how to get your own copy).

Because the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, you will sleep in peace and quiet while others can party all night long. This ''pod'' system lets everyone ''do their own thing'' without bothering anyone. While you and friends can enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy.

Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 30 - and we've done it - 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 out my caretakers and pooches to find you!

Before I give you a description of the bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted to explain a few things in general about me and the house. I love antiques. I love to travel. I love old Persian and Turkish carpets. OLD, 100 years plus. I love collecting ''artifacts'', as my friends call them, of my travels and I collect old maps, again 100-300 years old. So, you will pick up on this ''style'' throughout the house and rooms and even outdoors. You'll be in a home that is not sterile or ''made to rent''. It's ME and it always will be. And, part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city - and a unique and restful experience that I call home. 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.

And, if you need an affordable 4 wheel drive car that seats 7, just ask. 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 has a queen bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, open shower - hot water even! - 2 granite sinks and full width mirror. Overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience. Entire bathroom is tiled with 4''x4'' crafted rough tile.

The two bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed and one double 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.

I recently up graded the decor with a few more pictures, old maps and antique Persian and Turkish tribal rugs. You will be surrounded by the history of the Ottoman Empire and Frederick the Great!

Since this is Nicaragua, where sleeping arrangements differ widely let me give you a more precise breakdown of the sleeping situation. When I read that you have 4 adults and 6 children, I try to figure out the best configuration and then i find out that 3 of the children are tots and do not need - nor do parents want them, to have their own separate bedroom - here's the 'inventory'

Beds and Sleeping - All beds come with mosquito nets though they are rarely used, but here if you need them!

There is a queen bed in the Master Bedroom suite. Can easily take another single or double bed and often has one bed in the room.

In one room of the two bedroom, one bath casita, there are 2 double beds.

In the other room there is a queen bed and it too has room for another single, double or crib

As I mentioned, with little children, they often stay in one of the rooms with queen beds with their parents – whether in a small crib they may have brought or on a variety of cushions we have.

There is another brand new queen bed. Depending on the weather, many people either place it outside on the patio, on the second floor of the rancho (great breezes and jungle sounds - my favorite) or in the dining room across from the kitchen. This room is rarely used. There is a desk where you can write or use your computer (with high speed WiFi), but most will place the full bed or a mattress on the floor.

I also have access to an inflatable queen mattress when needed. So, in sum, when it comes to bed capacity there is room for 10 maximum. There is a slight surcharge if you have larger groups. Sometimes I can accommodate them.

Additionally, some people enjoy sleeping on the comfortable couch or one of the three hammocks at my house. Just pretend you are Ernest Hemingway, swaying to the breeze as he snoozes or writes the last chapter of Old Man and the Sea.

Please note the rates adjust slightly based on the size of the crowd. Standard rate of $200.00 is for 3 couples or 6 people. For 7-10 it is $225.00. Thus - bring friends! - the costs per person drop dramatically. But this really means max 10 people. After that the house groans a bit (as well as the septic system!!) Let's talk if you have any unique situations.

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 holds 130 beers and enough ice for 92 rum and cokes ad 6 bottles of wine. Maybe some room left for food! It's modern and energy efficient, just remember to open and close quickly to preserve the electricity. If that's not enough, I'll rent an ice chest. Modern gas stove and broiler. Plates, silverware and some old Bali and Solomon island carvings to keep you company.

The dining room/office is large, great table for work or email, (yes, wifi!!) and 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 living room table is a 100 year old colonial door turned sideways and legs attached. Me and my antiques. If you are a Beatles fan, there is the large Anthology Book about my favorite group, but the house is littered with all sorts of reading material, from cops and robbers to history to non fiction to you name it. Every group leaves more and I never know what I'll find each visit.

The ceiling in the main house is all palm fronds, (other are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and 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?

I almost forgot the half bath! Just off the kitchen is an experience. All walls are covered, embedded with river stone. Floor, walls, everywhere! You can almost hear the river flowing- until you realize the toilet is running!

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. Lately, he's been the local juice man. Sorry, no watermelon - next year.

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. It is THERE and if you have always been a little unsure of exactly what or where or if it was there, you will have no doubts. It is an incredible sight Then, after looking up for a while you will suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still out there...just you and the croaking frogs.

This is my slice of heaven. But, it is not exclusive. Many have experienced it before. Now its your turn. Come here and find your own ........

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Fred Goldfarb (Owner)
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About Fred Goldfarb

First - the photo is in Yosemite, 13,406 ft - you'll have to guess which one I am....Everyone tells me I have re-invented myself and it's just not fair. Well, they could do the same, I say. After 50 years, half in CT and half in San Francisco, I followed a life long dream and moved to this charming third world country to begin life again.

I have spent most of my life in sales and entrepreneurial oriented work. Worked with small businesses as a consultant to help them grow with control and profitably. Worked with hundreds of companies and help them with their HR issues so they could focus on their core work.

After years of satisfying work I come down here and buy some land, build a house and then on a wild impulse a friend convinces me to buy another huge parcel and become a 'green' developer. Huh? Yes, this is the third half of my life as owner of El Encanto del Sur (see website), and I love it here. I am in Nicaragua 3-6 months a year, living here with Indie and Toby and now Lucas, a 6 month old wagging tail pup, the two 4 footed friends and Luis and family - my gardener who has been here for more than three years and who can fix anything! He and his family live away from the house so you have 100% privacy. His wife, Evelyn is there to clean daily and change linen, etc. She is a sweetheart.

That's the short story - I travelled all over the world, You'll find me on Tuesday nights at Open Mike at Pau Hana, singing some oldies (Runaway, Secret Agent man) with my neighbor up the road, Brian and if I'm in town, you can always bribe me with a beer and I'll show you the real secret spots up here.

But, if you an adventurous bone in your body, and I assume so, otherwise you wouldn't be headed this way, you will not regret it - and if you like to have the most relaxing and unforgettable experience, you will have it here.

Fred Goldfarb purchased this house in 2008

Why Fred Goldfarb chose San Juan del Sur

I didn't really choose to buy a vacation rental here. I chose to build my house here, live here and live out the dream of a lifetime. This was not meant to be a rental concept and actually the house was never 'set up' that way. Rental houses I find are often nice but without some of the character that sets a 'home' apart from a 'rental'. The home thus 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 unless you leave lights, fans, etc on all the time. I believe in sustainability, saving energy, helping others etc 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 can share these values.

Nicaragua is a beautiful yet poor country. It needs help, employment, clean water, schools and I live here to help the local people as much as i can while enjoying my occupation and lifestyle. I have a non profit, fundaciontierra, (EARTH Fund) that helps and works with the communities in many ways.

So, why did i buy vacation rental here? I didn't but I feel so lucky that I am here and have the house and Nicaragua's adventures and experiences to share with you.

And this area where I live is now becoming a 'hot' spot. By that more people have seen the benefit and 'privilege' of living just out of town but in a different world completely. Hot spot - well that means you may see one other house about a km away. A good friend and plant lover, you might find him buried in 1000 tropical plants - stop on over, he's always glad to share some tall stories with you. And, he is a realtor, if you want a tour...

What makes this house unique

The unique benefits change daily. New bird sightings, eagle soaring or a new find on a walk up the trail with the dogs as company. For me, unique benefits are the different people I always meet at the home. All of you are unique. I get to meet a cross section of North America - usually for the better!! I've seen everything - a 4 month year old and 80 year old grand dad. Surfers, snoozers, drinkers, abstainers, those with a hearty laugh as well as those who arrive with some trepidation but after a change of clothes and some time in the rocking chair, frowns are replaced by smiles.

You may, just may see nature in action. Geckos in search of some flies or bugs, maybe even army ants as they decide to trespass - and I stand by and soon they are gone, an amazing experience.( Happened only twice in 6 years and its incredible, they come, eat dead insects and are gone) There are small bugs that upon further scrutiny you will realize that you have seen them on earlier sci-fi movies, only enlarged 1000x. If you're squeamish about bugs, keep the lights low.....and they are your friends

I actually learn more unique benefits from every visitor. You, too, will talk about things I never even considered. So, shoot me an email and with a flashlight, sandals, magnifying glass, binoculars you provide me with more fodder to tell the world about!

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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A Tropical Paradise - Pool - Ocean view - Monkeys, Toucans, Sloths, see Video!
average rating of 4.972973 based on 43 reviews
A Tropical Paradise - Pool - Ocean view - Monkeys, Toucans, Sloths, see Video!
+1 -415-730-1956
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Our Favorite Place in Nicaragua

  • 5 of 5
It was hard to leave this beautiful house in the hills above SJDS and the fantastic care of Luis and his wife.

We spent 13 nights enjoying the surroundings, sounds of howler monkeys, many different species of birds, amazing view of the ocean and Costa Rica beyond.

Some of the highlights were having Kenny Nakai, chef extraordinaire; prepare us a gourmet four course dinner for us at Casa Roja.

We spent our mornings hiking, bird watching and visiting local beaches. We were fortunate enough to time our visit with the arrival of hundreds of sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs on Playa La Flor.

In the afternoons we enjoyed reading, relaxing, swimming and partaking in the local Nicaraguan Rum.

Evening sunsets were impossible to describe as the sky continually changed colors and thunderstorms began their almost nightly show in the distance.

After dinner, a glass of wine or a Nica Libre, friends, music, dancing fire flies and lightening shows over Costa Rica were a spectacular end to the day.

The casitas are perfectly designed for families or friends traveling together, giving everyone their own space and privacy. The bathrooms are luxurious and the bedrooms large with ceiling fans above the beds and enough solar power to run them all night.

We used the kitchen and outdoor grill to cook the majority of our meals and enjoyed them at the outdoor dining table.

Fred was an absolute pleasure to correspond with and was always easy to reach and quick to respond to all of my questions; he was gracious enough to let us arrive a day earlier than planned, with very little notice!

The location of the house was perfect; close enough to town for groceries or activities, but far enough that every time we came back we felt as if we were very far away “from it all”.

We have rented houses through VRBO from South Africa to South America and several countries in Central America and would highly recommend Casa Roja and hope to someday return.
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
A Tropical Paradise - Pool - Ocean view - Monkeys, Toucans, Sloths, see Video!
+1 -415-730-1956
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Seattle, Wa. USA

Just what we needed/wanted, just what we got!

  • 5 of 5
What a spectacular 5 days spent with wonderful old and new friends doing just what we wanted all day and all night. Swimming in the beautiful pool during the heat of the day and again during the coolness of the perfect evening under a star filled sky and a jungle sparkling with fire flies. The sounds of the frogs, crickets, butterflies, birds and monkeys communicating through the evening helping us all settle down to a peaceful and comfortable night sleep. A perfect setting to be social and active or wander off to relax in a hammock, take a nap, read, listen to music, dance, sing, get a massage in one of the simple but elegantly designed casitas or in the private and tranquil treehouse-like palapa up in the sky. Nothing like waking up in the morning to the aroma of the delicious rich local coffee waiting for you in the kitchen prepared by Luis, the king of the caretakers. He will do whatever he can to make your stay as comfortable and satisfying as possible. He has a lovely wife and two sweet boys who can be adorable and engaging but very independent and invisible as well. We cooked a few wonderful meals at home and ventured down the small mountain(10 minutes)to the beach town for spectacular seafood, fine choices of Rum and wine, wonderful music, dancing and a nice stroll admiring the talented craft work of the locals. The only complaint, just not there long enough. I would return in a heartbeat and hope to have that opportunity in the near future. Thank you Don Fred, we loved your paradise, your hospitality, your generosity, your presence and hope to do get to experience it again soon!
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
A Tropical Paradise - Pool - Ocean view - Monkeys, Toucans, Sloths, see Video!
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
San Francisco, Ca

Paradise in San Juan del Sur

  • 5 of 5
Mu friends and I stayed at Casa Roja in San Juan del Sur and we had an amazing time. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, being able to lay down in a hammack or sit at any of their comfortable chairs while enjoying the amazing view and the wonderul and unique sounds of birds, frogs,
monkeys, cricketts and so much more. Dipping in the pool during the heat of the day and at night under a sky full of stars was one of my favorite activities. Luis, the cuidador, was so friendly and accommodating. He made coffee for us and answered our questions. And Fred, the owner, makes sure that you are satisfied and that you are having a good time. My favorite beach was Playa Coco. My only regret was not being able to spend more time at Casa Roja just hanging. I highly recommended Casa Roja as a place to simply relax or as your " base camp" for the various activities at San Juan del Sur.
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Nakari! And for your hospitality when I dropped in to see if everything was as promised. I never want to disturb clients but want to be sure all is OK. Seems like you used the hammocks well and I hope you enjoyed the great meal Kenny (our in house gourmet cook) prepared for all of you.

Come on back. I'm glad it was a special time for all of you overworked social workers. Keep doing the needed work out there.


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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

All you could want and then some....

  • 5 of 5
Five long time friends and family just returned from a fabulous two weeks in Nicaragua. The highlight was the five days at Casa Roja and we wished we had planned for more time there! (But for those of you who plan to get out and about beyond San Juan, I strongly suggest a stay at Hotel Totoco Ecolodge in Ometepe Island).
Casa Roja is gorgeous! All the reviews have said it before but I'll again share some of what I see as the highlights. It is sooo peaceful and quiet. Yes, it's a drive to town and the beaches, but you hardly want to leave the place and go anywhere else. Waking up and taking in the view - -lush landscaping, thick and green and tropical and mountainous with the Pacific off in the distance along with Costa Rica - along with a dip in the pool, and a hot cup of coffee (prepared by Luis everyday it seems), tells you that you are totally on vacation. Hanging out all day, reading and napping in hammocks in the palapa with a view, and playing with the dogs and perhaps getting a massage is complete R&R. The design of the house --with three separate structures, each decorated tastefully with collections from Fred's worldwide travels - gives you as much privacy or as much group time as you want. Luis (and his sweet family) - the cuidador and all around amazing gardener, caretaker, helper, friend - is the sweetest guy on the planet. Fred is just a phone call away and will meet any and all needs before you leave, or while you are there, with efficiency, humor and tales of Nicaraguan adventures. Indie, Jedi, Toby and puppy Luca are the four sweetest, kindest, cleanest dogs you'll ever meet! They become the best pals and each with a different personality. Evenings are a wonderful time to light up the BBQ, dance in the moon/starlight by the pool, drink some great rum, sing out loud (no one can hear you out here!), or just enjoy the perfect nightime peace and quiet and warm weather as you swing back and forth in your hammock swing. You'll sleep like a baby and be oh so glad that you found Casa Roja. (PS. I suggest a visit to Playa Coco and Ziplining is a blast!). Buen viaje and thank you Fred and Luis!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Emily for your kind remarks. From what I hear, apparently dancing under the stars - or on the bar - must be accompanied by rum and cerveza AND music from the 60's with some salsa thrown in for cultural diversity. Come on back! Luis and family (4 legged and two legged) already miss you!
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Austin, TX

1 month with family and friends

  • 5 of 5
My family and I recently returned from a month-long stay at Casa Roja. It is as beautiful and interesting as the pictures and description state. We are a family of four with two small children and had guests join us on and off throughout our stay. I believe the house will appeal most to well traveled folks who appreciate and like being off the beaten path a bit.

The five stars are given because of the lovely grounds, pool, great staff, stunning views (on clear days) and the remote wildness which appeals to me. The house does have some draw-backs and they should be noted, not to discourage visitors but to have a better idea of the pros and cons and if this is the best fit for you as a traveler. There are bugs, lots of them and this is coming from a very non-squmish women who has lived in Africa. My only advice is to get over it. You are in the jungle and this is their territory. Buy a book of native insects and let budding entomologist do their thing. There are four dogs on property, all are sweet and loving but you must like dogs to enjoy your stay here. At night when the world around you gets very dark and the chorus of wild sounds emerge I enjoyed having the dogs around.

The house is a good 15 minutes from town, a car is a must and you will enjoy your stay more if you come with a bit of a food plan in mind. San Juan has lots of bars and restaurants and many have nightly specials and happy hours, early in your stay get to know the best deals and work your evening plans around them. Sanchez is a little corner store in town (two locations) and you can pick up most of your groceries there (you will pay slightly more than at the big super market, but the super market is a bit sparse).

We took a few side trips and it was a real treat to pack a small overnight bag and leave the big suitcases at Casa Roja. I highly recommend Ometepe (Hotel Villa Paraiso) and Granada (La Gran Francia), 2-3 nights in each location should give you a good look around.

We loved our adventure in Nica and hope to return!
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments and I am glad you had a great time. I really appreciated your comments about budding entomologists! Cracked me up but at the same time I wanted to think about it and everything else you and others have mentioned. I am here now and I think the worst drought in years has finally broken - as I sit here soaking wet.

With the drought came a few new species of insects I hadn't seen before; beetle like and then small grasshopper creatures. Nothing to worry about, interesting as always to me but maybe surprising to others. I decided to get netting for all beds so nothing unexpected will fall on your pillow at night and after one night the guests love it.

Dogs miss you, Luis and family too. House was just repainted outside, added 50 more plants(papaya, coconut, mango).

Getting greener by the second. Rain stopped and now the whole house is snoozing. Muy tranquillo, even the monkees we saw earlier are slumbering.

See you again soon!
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San Juan del Sur Nicaragua
Denver, Colorado

April 2014

  • 5 of 5
My daughter and I had a fantastic stay at Fred's house. Everyone was very helpful, and Luis and his wife did a great job maintaining the property and cleaning. My daughter loved the dogs, Luca in particular. Once we adjusted to driving in Nicaragua it was relatively easy to get around, everything is done via laandmarks so be sure to pay attention to your surroundings :) Playa Maderas was our favorite beach by far, as I enjoy surfing, and the car we rented was able to handle the terrain quite nicely. If you are looking for a nice quiet destination for families, or basically anyone who wants to get away for a little while, I would recommend Casaj Roja.
Oh, and Fred was even nice enough to refund us for part of our stay as my daughter and I left a day early to avoid Easter traffic to stay in Managua. This review took me a little while to write as we loved Nicaragua so much we are moving there in mid June.....!
  • Submitted: May 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Iguana Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Rivas to Ometepe
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
45 minutes north - Iguana
Nearest Train
2000 Miles
Mexico or Bogota
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Paved road to my house or Pan Am Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Rancho Tere
Nearest Ski
4000 Miles
Tahoe or Chile. Google it to see which is closer
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, A mile long sandy bottom beach. Multiple peaks with left and right breaks. Works best on a mid to high incoming tide. $3 per person entrance fee.

Playa San Juan del Sur: Despite its usual calmness, the bay does get a beach break near the river mouth during big storms (usually October).

Playa Remanso 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 Only breaks on a big south swell. Sandy bottom beach with strong rip current at times. Exercise caution.

Playa Maderas 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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


San Juan del Sur House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Xmas or Easter
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 5 2015
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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San Juan del Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • 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 ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half 1 - toilet , sink naturally
    Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Duplex Casita - 1 queen
    Duplex Casita - 2 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Other double, twin or child bed/crib can easily be added
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Large dining room is often used for extra beds
  • 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, got it! 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 We have cushions to sleep on for larger groups and the couch has worked well many times.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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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