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Rancho Santana -- 2 Bdrm 2 Bthm Casita -- 2 Min Walk to Clubhouse/Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Beautifully Maintained House -- 2 Double Bedrooms each with Private Bathroom

Enjoy a spectacular vacation at Rancho Santana, a first class resort and development on the Pacific Coast of beautiful Nicaragua. My house (Casita) is a beautifully maintained 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom bungalow just a 2 minute walk from the Rancho Santana Clubhouse, Restaurant, Cafe and Bar and right by the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the 5-Star amenities of Rancho Santana, the spectacular sunsets, the safety, peace and quiet of my casita and the beautiful plants and wildlife of this gorgeous part of Nicaragua. This is not just a rental property but my second home. I spend a lot of time here myself escaping from the Canadian weather, looking after my Casita and caring for the tropical plants and trees I've planted around it.

When you stay at my Casita you'll enjoy wireless internet access and satellite TV -- so you can feel as connected as you wish to be with home or work.

I'm not a surfer, but I know this is one of the greatest surfing areas in the world. Google "Nicaragua + Surf + Tola" and you'll zone in on Rancho Santana and the surrounding beaches and famous surf breaks of Playa Santana, Playa Rosada, Colorado, Panga Drops and Popoyo. My Casita is ideal for 4 or 5 surfers to share and enjoy a reasonably-priced holiday close to some of the best surf breaks in the Americas.

Cook for yourselves in the Casita or enjoy your meals at Rancho Santana's La Finca y El Mar Restaurant and Bar, or breakfast at the Coffee Shop. On weekends choose tapas and drinks at the Rosada Clubhouse while enjoying the beautiful sunset over Playa Rosada. Most of all, relax knowing you have choices! The Casita has a fully-equipped kitchen -- so you can either shop in the supermarkets on the way from Managua and bring supplies for your stay with you, or you can buy them locally at Rancho Santana's convenience store or the nearby villages. Run a tab if you wish on your credit card and pay when you get home! The best of several worlds...

My Casita is unusual at Rancho Santana in that each double bedroom has its own bathroom. The main bedroom has a Queen-size bed and the second bedroom has a Queen plus a Twin. An extra Twin is available if needed. In addition to their own bathrooms, each bedroom has a separate washbasin, mirror and cabinet.

More Details

Howard Sinclair-Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Howard Sinclair-Jones

I live in Toronto, Canada. I'm a professional engineer by training and a philanthropist by nature, and I've spent many years in almost every country of Latin America. Speaking Spanish has helped me tremendously in managing and maintaining my Casita in Nicaragua. I love the country and feel very comfortable enjoying the friendship and hospitality of the people who live close by and who work at Rancho Santana. I really enjoy meeting the people who stay in my casita and advising them on any aspect of their holiday -- from travel plans, weather, transportation options, local communities and day-trips, or where to buy essentials (wine, beer, excellent Nica rum :) at reasonable prices!

Howard Sinclair-Jones purchased this house in 2004

Why Howard Sinclair-Jones chose Rancho Santana

Love Nicaragua... love the people... high quality construction... cheaper than Costa Rica... same Pacific Ocean coastline... fresh seafood... cheap beer... high quality property management... Latino music... Internet/Satellite TV/Cell phone... excellent infrastructure... security... peace and quiet...

What makes this house unique

Did I say "peace and quiet"... friendly people... turtles, monkeys, butterflies and tropical birds... First-World infrastructure... Cell phones, internet and satellite TV -- but being the *only* person on a beautiful deserted beach when you choose... Being the only people on a gorgeous beach and looking west from Playa Escondida within Rancho Santana and *no* land for 10,000 miles... nothing! Company whenever you want it... and complete solitude when you just want to be on your own. What's not to like?


Rancho Santana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Surf boards to be rinsed outside.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - Each bedroom has a washbasin/vanity area in addition.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Walk in closet; Extra twin bed available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ample clothes storage -- drawers and hangers
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling fans in every room, Screened Windows throughout, Beautiful Garden Plants, Comfort, Peace and Quiet! Just ask and we can arrange almost any services you need for an enjoyable vacation... Lobster dinner to be delivered...? Fishing trip...? Driver for a day trip to Granada...? Car rental locally with the car delivered...? But please give us as much advance notice as possible... :)


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Rancho Santana -- 2 Bdrm 2 Bthm Casita -- 2 Min Walk to Clubhouse/Beach
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Rancho Santana is gorgeous and the casita is absolutely wonderful - it's super safe, clean, has air conditioning and is very quiet. There were only two of us there but you could easily have two couples there and it would not be crowded. Howy is awesome and super helpful with advice/tips, directions, etc. You can eat at Rancho Santana (no cash needed, just give them a credit card) or you can cook meals in the casita. There is a little store right near the casita, fairly limited but they do have the basics and it does come in handy! Definitely rent a car so you can get around as the area is remote and you will be paying a lot for taxis to get around!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review Kimberly and Cam. It was a pleasure having you as my guests! I like your advice about the car rental. Guests often underestimate how big Rancho Santana is and as you know, there are lots of surf beaches and places to visit outside the Ranch. For any stay longer than 2 or 3 days it's great to have a car. Come back and see us again soon! Saludos, Howy
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Gorgeous location and kind host

  • 4 of 5

Rancho Santana is fantastic, and we had a lovely time surfing, horse riding and swimming. Howie our host was welcoming and kind! The little casita was exactly what we needed, as far as size and location, it was just perfect. The only drawback was that they seemed to be having some challenges with housekeeping, because it wasn’t that clean. But I’m sure they will get that straightened out, and we still recommend Howie’s casita.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Arnica and Jason: It was great having you and your daughters as my guests -- and thank you for the detailed feedback you gave me about the housekeeping. I've already discussed your concerns with my staff and they have been addressed. My apologies for any inconvenience. I'm delighted to hear that overall you had a great time! Best regards, Howy
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon at Howy’s place, and could have not chosen a better place to get away...

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Tulio y Doris! It was great to meet you and I'm delighted that you had such a good time for your very special stay. I'd love to have you back again so please keep in touch. Felicitaciones otra vez! Saludos, Howy
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Great value in an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

This casita is perfect for a family or couple's getaway. Located in southern Nicaragua's most desireable beach resort community, Rancho Santana, it's an excellent deal with really nice lodging that also gives you access to all the Rancho beaches, restaurants and pools. We've rented it multiple times and the owner is always a joy to coordinate with.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael/tj: Thank you for posting your review so quickly and for your kind words. I'm delighted you had a good time. :) It's always a pleasure to deal with you. Best regards, Howy
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Howy's Casita V12

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Howy's casita. Howy was such an accommodating and thoughtful host. He checked on us prior to our departure to make sure we had detailed directions to the property or if we had any questions. He went above and beyond for us by recommending surf spots for my husband, waiting for us at the casita on our arrival day, and always being available for questions. The ultimate appreciated act of kindness was when we needed help getting out of the mud, he arranged to have some local people come out - lifesaver! His casita is situated in the perfect spot as well. We were able to keep all the curtains and windows open for fresh air and still have privacy. There wasn't anything we found lacking at his unit and really appreciated having a housekeeper come every other day to freshen the towels and bed linens. The Rancho Santana property offers much in the way of beautiful foilage and amenities, so on top of Howy's amazing casita, once you are out and about the experience continues to be wonderful. We got to know Howy a bit, talk about sports and life and would look forward to staying at his property again and reconnecting!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy and Don: Thanks very much for your kind words. It was really nice getting to know you a bit and I especially enjoyed our football (soccer) discussion... Now Don can follow Everton FC and watch a few of the Premier League games live on TV in the States and he'll be hooked before you know it!!! :) Please come back so we can continue our discussion! Best regards, Howy
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Perfect for families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Howy's casita for 9 nights and throughly enjoyed our stay. The casita is in a great location, just a short walk down to the clubhouse with a great pool, restaurant and beach.

The casita is well maintained and has everything you need for a great stay. Howy was in constant contact during our stay and was available to answer questions at anytime.

Looking forward to our next visit

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew: I'm glad you had such a good time at my Casita -- and thank you for your review! You're very welcome to come back any time. :) Cheers, Howy
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Costa Esmeralda
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Rancho Santana Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
La Finca y El Mar
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Playa Santana
Car: not necessary

Oceanfront Clubhouse-Restaurant-Bar; Spectacular Sunsets over the Pacific; Five Beautiful Beaches; World-class Surfing; Tropical Plants-Birds-Monkeys-Sea Turtles to view; Fresh Fish, Lobster and Organic Veggies to eat :^); Gated Community with 24-hour Security; English- and Spanish-speaking reception and property-management staff.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $160.6

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.