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Rancho Santana Nicaragua -- Perfect Holiday Home for Families and Surfers

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Beautifully Maintained Casita -- 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 1 minute walk from the Rancho Santana Clubhouse, Restaurant 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 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. Just Google "Nicaragua + Surf + Tola" and you'll zone in on Rancho Santana and the surrounding beaches of Playa Santana, Playa Rosada, Colorado and Popoyo. My Casita is ideal for 4 or 5 surfers to share and enjoy a reasonably-priced holiday right by 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 and bring supplies for your stay with you, or you can buy them locally at Rancho Santana or the nearby villages. The best of both 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.

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Howard Sinclair-Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2017

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.

Howard Sinclair-Jones purchased this house in 2004

Why Howard Sinclair-Jones chose Nicaragua

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...

What makes this house unique

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... Looking west from Playa Escondida and *no* land for 10,000 miles... nothing! What's not to like?


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Rancho Santana Nicaragua -- Perfect Holiday Home for Families and Surfers
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

Howy and Luis were a pleasure to deal with. The casita was perfect for us, the amenities are wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sophie! Glad to know you had a great time. Sorry we didn't get to meet. Maybe next time? :) Best regards, Howy
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Beautiful, serene & private

  • 5 of 5

Howy's casita was awesome! It is very private, comfortable & convenient. It is a close walk to the clubhouse so you really didn't need a car. Plenty of room & nice breezes all day even though at the beach it was really hot. I never even had to turn on the air conditioner because the house was so comfortable, temperature wise with the breezes. Unlike a lot of homes, Howy has screens on every window and a very nice cross breeze. The casita has everything you need for a nice getaway. The yard is very private & so nicely planted you feel like you're in your own little heaven. Hummingbirds, butterflies, birds, the wildlife was amazing. Howy stayed in touch with me the entire time and was extremely accommodating. Thank you Howy for providing such a nice casita for a wonderful, relaxing time.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Becky. I'm so pleased you had such a good stay -- and thank you for keeping in touch with me while you were there. As you know I was in Canada at the time so it is reassuring to know that things went so smoothly while I was so far away! And I really appreciate your comments about the open windows/air-conditioning, etc. Like you, I find it great to have access to either/both. I hope I'll be around next time you're down. Best regards, Howy
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Casita muy comoda, limpia, con una excelente vista a la naturaleza. Muy bien mantenida.

  • 5 of 5

Disfrutamos mucho nuestra estadía en la casita de Howie. Es un excelente anfitrión! Rancho Santana es perfecto para los niños y grandes.. mucho sol, playa, piscina, juegos, priceless!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Marcos: Fue un placer tener Vd y su familia como huespedes en mi casa! Saludos, Howy
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Seattle, WA, USA

Relaxing home, amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying at Howy's casita. He is a welcoming host - waiting for us to arrive, checking in with us as needed, and making the process simple and smooth. The place had everything that you could possibly need for a relaxing stay in Rancho Santana. A huge plus to Howy's casita is that is has two full bathrooms - with multiple guests, this was amazing! The casita is also close to Santana beach, the clubhouse, and pool. With the beautiful garden, it feels like you are in an oasis, with plenty of privacy. We highly recommend staying at Howy's place. Thanks Howy!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandra, Corrie and Gabriel: Thank you for your kind comments. It was my pleasure to have you spend some time in my house. I'm so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the wonderful facilities that Rancho Santana has to offer. You're always welcome back! Best regards, Howy
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West Palm Beach, FL

Delightful Oasis Away from the Rat Race

  • 5 of 5

The sweet little casita that Howy shares with others is delightful. It has all the amenities needed for a pleasurable stay in Nicaragua, clean property, towels, and sheets. There was nothing rustic about Howy's accomodations. It even has two full bathrooms which is rare in this little community at Rancho Santana. With 5 of us, there could have been a battle over bathrooms, but peace was kept.

The location of Howy's casita within Rancho Santana is another added bonus. It is a 100 yard walk to the small store and only a short walk to the Inn where you can enjoy the upscale amenities of this beautiful, pastoral resort.

Howy is an extra-mile kind of host. We've traveled the world and Howy is definitely one-of-a-thoughtful-kind. He kept in constant contact about our needs and was extremely responsive. We couldn't have asked for a better location in Nicaragua or a better host! I highly recommend staying in this well attended villa.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ...and I understand from Sandra who looked after you that you were delightful guests, Bonny, David and Family! My apologies for not being able to be there to say hello. You're always welcome back -- and next time I really hope we get to meet. Best regards, Howy :)
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Exactly what we needed

  • 5 of 5

Howy's place was perfect. 5 of us stayed for a week with the intention of working, surfing, and relaxing. His place was set up perfectly to do just that. Walking distance to the surf at Santana, right next to the clubhouse and pool.

Howy was a pleasure to coordinate with. Spoke with him in the phone several times and he offered plenty of advice and suggestions. We will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg: It was a pleasure to have you stay at my casita. I'm so pleased that it met your needs -- and also that you were very considerate in putting up with the teething problems I had with finishing the second bathroom! I also found our communication using WhatsApp to be very useful. Thanks! Howy
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Costa Esmeralda
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Rancho Santana Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 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, Tropical Birds-Monkeys-Sea Turtles to view, Fresh Fish and Lobster to eat :^), Gated Community with 24-hour Security, English- and Spanish-speaking reception and property-management staff.


Rates & Availability

Rancho Santana House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter 2017
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Xmas 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Rancho Santana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 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 ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling fans in every room, Screened Windows throughout, Beautiful Garden Plants, Comfort, Peace and Quiet! Just ask and we can arrange for any services you need...

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