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25 Reviews
Bedrooms 9
Half Baths4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Rivas Villa Rental Photos and Description

Up to 9 Bedrooms, 9 Baths, (Sleeps 1-30) Great for couples or groups

Are you looking for a special place to vacation with family and friends or host a Retreat? Costa Dulce Beach Resort and Retreat Centre is an ideal venue for your group vacation. Come spend a week with our friendly staff which includes, a professional chef, maids, tour guides,masseuse/acupuncturist, driver, and hosts. A beach paradise with nothing to worry about. Surfing, horse back riding, whale watching, fishing , practicing yoga and relaxing, all of this and more can be yours at the Costa Dulce!

Our deluxe, private beachfront villa (Casa Ola) and bungalows offer 8 individual bedrooms and can easily host groups of up to 25 people or more. A great vacation venue for family, friends, couples, and groups. The Costa Dulce Retreat Center can host family reunions, yoga retreats, surf groups, weddings, honeymoons, special events, etc...

You can practice yoga in our 900 square foot yoga shala that has sweeping beach views and open to the beautiful natural surroundings. We specialize in hosting retreats.

Our new full time kitchen sources the best seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. And with so many yogis passing through our doors we have developed vegetarian and vegan friendly options along with delicious local seafood and lots from the grill. We have no problem catering to special dietary needs.

Imagine stepping out of bed each morning and walking just a few short steps down to your very own soft, white sand beach. Listen to the soothing sound of waves, and enjoy our breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean from every bedroom. See monkey's and parrots as you enjoy your morning coffee.

At Costa Dulce you will experience resort living in an ecological reserve teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. This beach resort has been custom designed using green building concepts, native hardwoods and stone. High ceilings and large overhangs provide shade from sun and rain showers. Boundaries between indoors and outdoors blur when sliding walls open kitchen and bedrooms to large decks overlooking the beach.

During your stay with us we work hard to provide great service and are attentive to your every need. We do everything we can to ensure that you have an amazing stay. For a more comprehensive look at the hotel and everything we have to offer please head to our website. It can be found in the links and video section of the page. Or simply look for costa dulce beach on the web.

The villa includes:

* Library and board game collection

* living room, TV, stereo

* gourmet kitchen, large stone island with cook top and 6 bar stools

* sliding walls in kitchen open to covered dining porch and tropical gardens

* Large Covered deck with 2 hammocks, six stool bar and outdoor dining, all with sweeping views of the beach

* A bar overlooking the beach with seating for 9

* Outdoor shower and surfboard storage area

* BBQ with sink and counter space

* Hot water showers

* Tropical gardens

* Steps from our 800 sqft yoga platform (multi purpose)

Cabaña #1 (Master Bedroom)

* exotic hardwood furniture: queen bed, closet

and 2 end tables

* Open your eyes to see the waves breaking in the morning

* High quality mattresses, and luxury linens on all beds

* Loft with Twin sized bed

* Twin sized Murphy bed

* Stone vanity

* Ceiling fan

* Sliding walls in bedroom open to covered porch hanging over the beach with hammock and hanging chair

Cabaña #2

* Queen bed, stone desk, and closet

* Loft with Double bed

* Twin sized Murphy bed

* Private deck adjacent to door to shared toilet and shower house

* Covered deck with hammock

* Open your eyes to see the ocean in the morning

* Reading lights and fans for every bed

Downstairs Bedroom

* 1 Matrimonial sized bed

* 3 Twin sized beds

* Reading lamps Fans for every beds

* Closet

* Sweeping view of the waves

Bungalow No.1 la Cabanita

*Double bed

*perched above the beach, you can be in the ocean in under 30 seconds from you bed.

Bungalow No.2 El Nido

*Queen Bed with an option for a single as well

*Private Bath

*Private Veranda

*Overhead fan

Bungalow No.3 El Pelicano

*Double bed with options for 2 additional singles

*Private Bath

*Private Patio with hammock and sofa

*Overhead and wall fans

Bungalow No. 4 El Congo

*Double bed with options for 2 additional singles

*Private Bath

*Private Patio with hammock and sofa

*Overhead and wall fans

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, sailing and especially beaches. Yet, we are within in close drive to the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur where there are markets, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

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

4WD is recommended on the roads outside San Juan del Sur and within our community. Solar powered and battery backup systems keep the lights on, the refrigerator cold and the showers hot when local power is disrupted. House includes concierge service, maid service, gardeners and as well as 24-hour security.

Keywords: House, beach, surf, yoga, relax, nature, private, eco-lodge, fun

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Costa Dulce
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2016
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About Costa Dulce

Patricia and I met and fell in love here in San Juan del Sur. I am originally from British Columbia, Canada, but have been a full time resident of Nicaragua for the passed 11 years. Patricia was born in Costa Rica and moved to Nica when she was young. My passion is surfing, fishing and other outdoor activities. Patricia is studying oriental mecidine and massage in Managua, and we hope to eventually put her skills to good use hosting wellness and yoga retreats. We are always excited to host new visitors.


Costa Dulce purchased this villa in 2005

Why Costa Dulce chose Nicaragua

Because it is the most beautiful place I have ever been! I have traveled North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Carribean and this seriously is the spot.

What makes this villa unique

Apart from the private beach and surf break, we also have an incredible local staff, who work hard to ensure your stay is unforgetable.


based on 25 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

great place to unwind and enjoy the idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at costa dulce for a couple days and Im impressed with the secluded and idyllic location. Im currently staying in the "Big Bungalow" which is located right ontop of the hill, overviewing beautiful Playa Escameca. The Bungalow is rather spaceous with a big fan in the middle of the room, a double bed and 3 extra beds. Waking up to a sunrise view, the oceans whooshing and the birds singing is a daily pleasure here and I absolutely love it!

The beach feels like a private beach due to its "C" shape and the hills cupping it at each side. You can surf, lay by the water and relax with absolutely nobody disturbing you! If you are into yoga you will absolutely be in awe of the yoga shala overviewing the beach- there is no better feeling that practicing in a space that is open and surrounded to nature like this is.

The kitchen staff will prepare three homecooked meals daily for you, using local and fresh ingridients. Heylin, the night staff guy, is such a sweatheart, he will help you with anything you need.

Due to its secluded location make sure to get here before sunset. the trail that gets you here is not lightened and you might have a hard time getting here.

Overall I will say this place is an amazing place to unwind and relax!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We brought a group on mission trip here after working hard in northern Nica. We wanted something away from the crazy and different from normal tourist visits. We found it here! Our group did surfing, horseback riding, spearfishing, and a trip into San Juan del Sur. We had Theresa cook for us. It was really an awesome experience and the owners were very welcoming and helpful to us! Take them seriously on the directions and difficulty driving in, especially if you possibly may arrive at night. I failed to review the directions and just went off GPS. We wasted an hour in paradise. We hope to return for mission trips in the future!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful people that is all I can say!

  • 5 of 5

Well I just don't know what to say other than thank you to all the wonderful people at Escameca Ecolodge. We were blown away by the amazing peacefulness and the priceless view. Being able to hear those crashing waves on the beach breaking the tranquil silence of the serene location was something wonderful. But the most spectacular part of the stay was the people who run and take care of the place. From Gonzalo, Grace and Donald to the owner Tyson and even the German girl and her husband who lived nearby. They all really came to my aid when my wife became deathly ill from a place we ate at in Panama City a few days earlier. We wished we could have stayed the whole time at this place but my wife's condition deteriorated so badly that we had to be transported to the local clinic for her to receive treatment. The staff at the Ecolodge helped me carry my wife to the car and the German family contributed their expertise in these situations and recommended I get my wife to a hospital quickly. I mean all of the people including Tyson the owner just dropped what they were doing to hang with me the whole day and help me with getting everything I needed for my wife. It was just fabulous and I just want to say that you all are wonderful human beings. If you want to stay somewhere that is truly breathtaking and you know that the people will be right there for you I suggest you stay here.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place !

We actually drove there ourselves, you have to look for a sign that says "Costa Dulce" in a curve at the top of a hill, couple minutes after the town Escamequita and passed the Yanqui beach entrance... (i would have loved to know this before.. !) Don't forget to make your grocery and rhum shopping in San Juan before getting there (Pali is a good place but the market in San Juan is packed with local stuff and there is a fish market by the sea) because there is just nothing there !

This place is in a remote area with a private lot and beach but just 30 minutes from san juan del sur! It is perfectly design to have a comfortable and relaxing stay with all you need! The kitchen is just awesome, fully equipped and a perfect place to hang out, especially with the hammock-hunged porch !

I would recommend it to anybody !

If you can't find any waves in costa dulce, you can walk 10-15 minutes to playa yanqui which is almost as empty ! You'll be surfing with lots of winged buddies fishing around you! Just awesome memories !

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY, USA

A beautiful escape

  • 5 of 5

I came here for a yoga retreat in January and stayed for a whole week. This place was amazingly beautiful and I could write an entire essay about that alone but I have to mention the staff who do their best to create a friendly atmosphere and ensure that you have the best possible time. The food, the excursions and everything right down to our travel to and from the airport in Managua, were meticulously planned to where I didn't have to think about anything but getting up in the morning and seeing what was in store.

Gonzalo and Ivan were happy to drive us around to the local beaches and into town on various occasions throughout the week, as well as take us horseback riding, fishing and to see the sea turtles on nearby Playa La Flor. Kit will teach you how to surf and take you to the various surf breaks around the area. The beach on Playa Escameca is secluded and gorgeous. You can hike to the opposite end to see the Rio Escameca and swim in the lagoon there. On a clear day (which is basically every day here) you can see the mountains in Costa Rica on the horizon to the south.

The cabanas were incredibly comfortable and so well designed. Mine had two double beds (one on a loft) and a murphy bed (which we didn't use). Every cabana has a hammock outside as well. The construction of the cabanas is thoughtful and with minimal impact on the environment in mind and everything seems to fit right into the hillside. Every building has a thatched roof and is open to the air, with screens to keep out the bugs (and there’s not that many of them). You will wake up to the sound of the waves every morning and gentle breezes (sometimes it does get pretty windy). There is a huge yoga pavillion above one of the kitchens so the place is perfect to host a retreat but also to just spend a lovely week with friends.

Thanks to Tyson, Vera, Gonzalo and everyone else for the trip of a lifetime! I’ll definitely be coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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  • 5 of 5

This is truly paradise! We stayed for one week to begin with. Left for some other beaches, but decided to come back, and ended up staying ten more nights. The beach and the view from the balcony was amazing. A lot of wildlife. From the house we saw dolphins and whales in the ocean, families of howler monkeys were passing through right under the balcony and a lot more. Surf was really good! Tyson, Seth, Ivan and the rest are great people! We all hope we will return soon!

Thanks for everything! / Mattias, David and Ville

PS. We wish Tyson and Patricia all the best! Congratulations

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Nearest Airport
165 Kilometres
MGA Managua
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
San Juan del Sur
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
San Jorge, to Ometepe Island
Nearest Restaurant
On site
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Playa Escameca
Car: recommended

Yoga Studio, Beach Walks, Beach Bonfires, Sea Turtle Refuge, Whale Watching from Deck, Boating, Siestas in Hammocks!


Rates & Availability

Rivas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

The rate advertised is per person based on double occupancy and includes 3 meals/day and none alcoholic beverages. We also offer triple and quadruple occupancy. Please contact us or see our website for more information.

We require a 50% deposit in order to confirm your reservation. Sould you cancel your reservation we will refund up to 80% of your deposit if we can find other guests for the same stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rivas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 4 Half Baths
  • Sacjuanjoche - toilet , shower , In the Sacjuanjoche cabin
    Big Bungalow - toilet , shower
    El Pelicano - toilet , shower , In Bungalow
    El Congo - toilet , shower , In Bungalow
    Shared bathhouse - toilet , shower , Our spacious bath house includes large shower, stone sink,
    El Nido - toilet , shower
    Yoga studio shared bathroom - toilet , outdoor shower , Includes 2 inclosed outdoor showers and toilet.
    Teachers Bungalow - toilet , shower
    Kitchen Bathroom - toilet
    La Olita - toilet
    El Cangrejito - toilet
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • El Cangrejito - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom
    El Nido - 1 queen , New Beach bungalow, private bath.
    El Sacuanjoche - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Cabin with a Beach front balcony and private bathroom.
    La Ranita - 1 queen , 1 double , Ocean view bungalow, patio with hammock.
    La Olita - 1 double , Private beach view balcony, and half bathroom.
    The BIG Bungalow - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Private bathroom, spacious, day bed, beach view balcony.
    El Congo - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Great for couples and small families, private bath/porch.
    El Pelicano - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , private bath/porch, typically a queen, can add 1-2 singles
    Teachers Bungalow - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
24 Hour Security Daily Maid and Laundry Service Included. Large yoga studio and massage table on site.

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