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Howard Sinclair-Jones

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

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

8 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Rancho Santana House Rental Photos and Description

Beautifully Maintained Casita -- 2 Double Bedrooms Each with Private Bathroom

*** SPECIAL OFFER -- 20% OFF STANDARD RATES TILL OCT 31st! ***

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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Howard Sinclair-Jones (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

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 Rivas

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?

Reviews

5
based on 8 traveler reviews

Rancho Santana Nicaragua -- Perfect Holiday Home for Families and Surfers
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
West Palm Beach, FL
5

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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5

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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5

Exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay was delightful. Howy was so friendly and helpful, and his casita was, in my opinion, the best in Santana. The split layout and newly added second bathroom (he'd finished it just before we'd arrived) made it very comfortable for our group of 5. The Santana clubhouse literally across the street and overlooks one of the best surf spots in Nica, while several more breaks are within walking distance(or you can take the free shuttle). We'll most certainly be staying at Howy's place again, hopefully sooner than later.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg: For some reason your original review only just got posted -- a couple of weeks after you sent it? I hope that VRBO fixes this as it's happened to me before -- i.e., reviews not appearing in a timely fashion. Either way, glad you had a good time and please let me know when you're planning to come back! Saludos, Howy
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Saskatoon, Canada
5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Howy's Casita for the last 3 nights of our Nicaraguan vacation. It was beautiful. The service and amenities at the Ranch are second to none. The Casita is well maintained, clean and had everything we needed for our stay. We checked out all 5 beaches when we were there and they we all superb, especially Playa Duna, which is a bit of a hike but well worth it! Plus we had the beach completely to ourselves all day. It has a sand dune as tall as a building there. One of the neatest beaches I've ever seen for sure.

The restaurant at the place was also amazing. Great food and very friendly staff. I believe they serve mostly organic food right from the big garden at the ranch. I could write a lot more, but I'll just conclude by saying this is definitely a place we will go back and see!

Also, Howy was a pleasure to deal with. The PayPal transaction went smoothly and he was always checking his email and answering questions leading up to our trip in a timely fashion. Great experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cory: Thank you very much for your helpful comments. You were a pleasure to deal with too! Your note about email responses is especially useful since I can't easily show "availability" of the casita here (because the casita's managed for me by others and I always have to check with them first). So I encourage anyone to contact me by email and I'll normally get back within a few hours. Thanks again Cory! Start planning your next trip. :^)
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San Francisco, CA
5

Wonderful Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

We had an wonderful time in Nicaragua at this Casita. It is very spacious for two and has plenty of room. It is very clean and comfortable and has everything you would need. It is surrounded by lush plants and trees and far enough away from the other Casitas to give you room and privacy, yet just a short walk to the clubhouse and pool area, the store, and most of all, the beach. The people at Rancho are very nice and the food at the clubhouse is really delicious. We also cooked alot in the Casita using the pre-stocked grocery service. On those hot days the air conditioners in the bedrooms feel great and get nice and cool. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crested Butte, Colorado
5

Howy's Casita

  • 5 of 5

Howy's casita is beautiful, very comfortable and perfectly located. The access to the bar, restaurant, swimming pool and beaches is effortless. The back up power supply will keep the ceiling fans turning, the beer cold and the lights on during the occasional power outages. We had a great time as usual at Rancho Santana and I'll certainly be staying at Howy's casita the next time I go back to the ranch.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nathan: Thanks for your kind comments. I particularly liked your "Recommended for..." list. The *only* category of people you've not included seems to be old codgers like me! And they of course would also love it there. :^) I'd be delighted to have you stay in my casita again. Best regards, Howy
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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Rancho Santana House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
SPECIAL OFFER - 20% OFF
Aug 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$160
$957
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,621
 
 
Xmas 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,621
 
 
Easter 2017
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,621
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,621
 
 
Xmas 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,621
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,196
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $154

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Amenities

Rancho Santana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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