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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
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.

More Details

Howard Sinclair-Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 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?


Rancho Santana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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...


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Rancho Santana Nicaragua -- Perfect Holiday Home for Families and Surfers
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Comfortable digs in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend staying at Howy's place if you are looking to stay at Rancho Santana. The casita is spacious, has a lovely garden, is well equipped, stays cool on hot days with a nice cross breeze, and is homey, unpretentious, and comfortable. We enjoyed the casita's proximity to the great hiking trails, small general store, Playa Santana, and the main hotel and pool area. While staying in the casita we took day trips to 5 beaches of Rancho Santa and were pleasantly surprised by how quiet, uncrowded, unique, and absolutely gorgeous the beaches were. Plus, we found great coconut milk ceviche and fish tacos at the surf "shack" on Playa Los Perros/ Playa Colorado.

Having never been to Nicaragua before, we relied on Howy's knowledge on how to best get to get to and from Rancho Santana from Granada and where to stock up on groceries. Howy was in frequent communication with us both before and during our trip.

I honestly can't recommend this place enough, and you'll find no better host than Howy.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ginni: Thank you *very* much for your kind words. I'm glad you had such an enjoyable time at my Casita and at Rancho Santana. It really is a beautiful place! People often don't realise that Rancho Santana is such a big place, with lots to do and see, so I'm really pleased you managed to get around easily and visit the different beaches and enjoy the excellent facilities of the resort. My own Casita is just a little haven right in the heart of it all! :) Thanks again -- and of course you're always welcome back. Saludos, Howy
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Fabulous location on a stunning property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Howy's casita - it was the perfect location for our whole family, including visiting grandparents and our 5 year old twins. We enjoyed the balance of exploring the beaches of Rancho Santana, and spending plenty of time relaxing at the house. :)

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a great stay. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I'd be delighted to have you back any time! Saludos, Howy
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Beautiful Location, great for families and couples

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I, along with another couple, just returned from a nice, long stay at Howy's casita. The casita was perfect for us as each bedroom has it's own bathroom. It was, clean & comfortable and close to the clubhouse as well as playa Santana. Howy is a great guy and was always available if we had any questions or issues. Each of the bedrooms has air conditioning if it's needed but the wind blows plenty and with all of the screened windows it wasn't really needed. My fiance loves to cook and the kitchen was reasonably stocked with enough kitchen tools for her to come up with some delicious dinners when we didn't feel like hitting the clubhouse. Overall we had a great couple of weeks at Rancho Santana and managed to get to many places from this location (Ometepe, Granada, Playa del Sur, to name a few). Thanks for a great visit Howy!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Mike. It was great to meet you, Lou, Kelli and Ron! I'm delighted you had a good time and that you found my Casita comfortable with two couples sharing for such a long stay. The addition of the second bathroom has been a really good investment. :) You're always welcome back any time!!! Best regards to all, Howy
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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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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
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 $146.34

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.

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