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Oceanfront Tree House

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

There is no better place to experience the peace, quiet and unsurpassed natural beauty of Nicaragua's 'Pacific Riviera' than in this unique 'tree house' in the private gated development of Redonda Bay. The house features a large deck built around a huge native 'Panama Tree,' the perfect spot for sipping a morning cup of coffee or afternoon Sangria.

There are great views from each window, whether of the ocean, cove, hillside or pool. The view from the bedrooms truly makes you feel as if you're living in the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. Perched on the hillside, the house offers seclusion and privacy, with only our occasional guests, the howler monkeys, to keep you company.

From the tree deck as well as from the separate deck around the private pool, you can see and hear crashing waves in the cove below, glimpse the coastline of Costa Rica, and take in spectacular sunsets. The shaded hillside lot stays cool year round, and is pleasantly landscaped with flowers and vines. Redonda Beach--a five-minute walk from the house--offers beachcombing, snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming in a sheltered bay. Fishing or excursions to a variety of beaches (several featuring world class surfing) can be arranged in nearby Gigante. Hike and explore the village and sandy beaches, and maybe even witness turtle migrations!

Cook in the fully equipped kitchen, barbecue on the deck or enjoy the excellent and inexpensive local seafood and other cuisine at neighboring beachfront restaurants, just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk in Gigante. You can also enjoy a great meal or cool drink at Bromelia restaurant on Redonda Beach, a very short walk from the house. There is no dishwasher, but the view from the kitchen window makes it a pleasant chore. Or leave the dishes for the housekeeper (included with the rental), and instead read a book or nap in a hammock. Excursions to nearby sites can be arranged, and water sports equipment rental is available. Spa treatments can also be arranged at the adjacent Aqua Spa & Resort. Be as lazy or as active as you desire. Nicaragua is a unique destination--discover it in style and comfort at this equally unique ocean front home.

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Guacalito de La Isla House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - Located in bodega
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shared by upstairs bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , On main floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Detached Unit - 1 double , Private bathroom w/ shower (ceiling fan; no AC)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Mini-split AC unit
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Mini-split AC unit
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Mini-split AC unit
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master BR, Double Beds (3) 2 bedrooms + Bodega
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Oceanfront Tree House
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

Excellent and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

For the price and location, this house is absolutely worth it. One of the best houses I have stayed at in all of Nicaragua, and I've stayed in many. The house comes stocked with most things you might need and is absolutely gorgeous. If you're planning to go to San Juan del Sur a lot, it may not be ideal because it is rather far from the city, but for a quiet, peaceful getaway, this house is ideal. Would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cranbrook, BC, Canada

1st World Comfort, Nature and Culture

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two daughters and I spent a couple weeks last winter in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. We had a great time, but it was expensive (sunscreen was $20), so this year we gave Nicaragua a try.

Flying from Calgary to Nicaragua would have involved at least one layover, twenty hours of airport/airplane time and big bucks. Fortunately, Westjet has a direct, affordable flight to Liberia, Costa Rica.

We stepped off the plane at 6am, took a shuttle to the border crossing at Penas Blancas (about 1.25 hr drive), walked across the border (about twenty minutes), picked up our rental car on the Nica side of the border and were settling into treehouse paradise before noon the same day.

Our 11 and 12 yr old daughters took one look at the pool deck, whooped with joy and disappeared to find their bathing suits. The pool became a favourite morning and evening hangout. The huge tree incorporated into the upper deck provides partial shade most of the day, making the pool a great place to read a book and stay cool.

As for the house - it was everything we hoped it would be. The air conditioning in the bedrooms was a blessing and the kitchen had everything we needed to self-cater. The restaurant at the adjacent Aqua Wellness Resort was excellent, but out of our price range except when I was feeling really lazy!

I spent mornings on the upper deck drinking coffee, listening to the howlers and watching parakeets streak across the sky at warp speed. Evenings were spent in the hammock with a book and a Tona.

The beach is beautiful, quiet and there was always a lounger or a hammock available. We visited a couple times a day, playing in the surf and the sand. We tried snorkelling but couldn't see a thing.

Every afternoon when it was too hot to think, we went for a drive. This is when we saw the real Nicaragua: kids hauling water from wells in front of schools, sabaneros herding cattle on the highway, men making bricks for their tin-roofed shacks.

After four days at the treehouse we headed north to Finca del Mar and Granada before returning to the Vaught rental for our last five nights.

We put 1100 km on our rental car. Careful to drive only during the day (four legged transport is still common and livestock free range) we experienced the vibrant sights and smells of Granada's markets, swam in a volcano crater and practised our bad Spanish.

I would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel SO fortunate to attract guests who take travel to Nicaragua in stride and appreciate all this beautiful country has to offer. We're glad to offer a peaceful and comfortable place to call home during your stay, really appreciate families who want to share this adventure with their kids, and always look forward to welcoming returning guests and their friends!
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Santa Cruz, CA USA

Great place for family

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our stay.

The location is amazing. Very beautiful views and beach. Community is very safe, felt fine with our daughters running down to the beach on their own, etc.

It is a very secluded and private community, away from towns. Has it's own restaurant and serves as a self contained resort with all you'll need except groceries.

If you are surfing you will have to head 5 minutes north to Playa Amarillo or Playa Colorado. Or get a launch to Play Manzanillo. No surf at Play Redonda.

We had some mechanical issues and the manager and the owner were very responsive. There were workers there within an hour! The manager even had some new beach toys set out for our daughters...

The pool was incredible, howler monkeys hang out in the tree right above you while you are floating.

The rooms are great. Hot water great. Water pressure great. Has laundry. Has cable, internet, etc....

Totally recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beyond expectation in almost every way!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived to the final goodbyes to the monkeys and the sea, our stay was unforgettable. The house was great and the location amid the Panama Trees and foliage, was perfect. From the upper deck we could see three different bays through the trees. My wife and I brought our 3 adult children, all of whom have been to Nica several times. We went to El Gigante and the kids took a day trip to Ometepe, which was arranged by Grace, the property manager. Having the Aqua Wellness resort just steps away was a blessing. The ONDA Restaurante was excellent, though pricey. My daughter said the dish she had one night was the best fish she'd ever had! A word about the monkeys - We felt like we were in a National Geographic special on Howler Monkeys. They were our almost constant companions in the trees around the house, howling when vehicles would pass by the house and other random times. There were 3 babies monkeys in the group that were cute beyond words with their little spindly bodies clinging to their mothers and venturing off from time to time to practice their tree navigating skills. And then there's Redonda Beach - It was beautiful, clean and not over-run with people! One day we climbed the ridge across the bay almost to the top via a very steep trail and was greeted by spectacular views. We hiked to the cave on the far side of the bay with tide pools with sea urchins. Easy to imagine pirates hiding there back in the day. The last day we took a panga ride to some islands for snorkeling, fishing, pelican viewing and just plain fun. My son caught a good sized Grouper. We have been to Nicaragua many times and would have to say this is one of the best places we've stayed in terms of peace, rest and beauty. The memories will linger... at least till we return. :-) Thanks so much Ron for for your wonderful house and making this great time possible for me and my family!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better the second time!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I first stayed in the Oceanfront Tree House four years ago, and we have been hoping ever since to return with our three kids (ages 5 to 10). We finally made it happen, and it was perfect in every way.

We were nervous that we had artificially inflated our memories about how good this property was and that we would be disappointed the second time around. To our surprise, it was even better than we had remembered.

When we walked into the home the first day, our kids literally said: "Thank you mom and dad for bringing us here! This place is amazing!" And the word "amazing" was used many more times each day we were there.

The house is just perfect. It is so beautiful and comfortable, with everything you could ever need. The pool was clean, refreshing, and ideal for the kids. We all loved sitting on the decks and watching monkeys and beautiful birds. Redonda Bay is spectacular, whether you're watching the sunrise or sunset, playing in the surf, relaxing on the beach or gazing at the stars. We also had so much fun playing on the beach and trying the fun restaurants at Playa Gigante. My wife and I loved our massages and spa treatments at the nearby Aqua Wellness Resort. And the Oceanfront Tree House is in a good location to explore other parts of southern Nicaragua. One of our favorites was a day trip to La Flor, where we had the beautiful beach to ourselves all day, watched newly-hatched sea turtles crawl into the sea, and swam with tropical fish and giant sea turtles.

On our flight home, we asked our kids to name their favorite part of Nicaragua. Each one said: "The Tree House." My wife and I agreed. We feel like we just woke up from a dream that we weren't ready to have end. Needless to say, we would LOVE to go back to the Oceanfront Tree House and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a perfect mix of adventure and comfort.

Thank you Ron and Carolyn for sharing your home with our family!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Piece of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived just after dark to the cacophony of Howler Monkeys...what a welcome!

This property is in a spectacular location. Can you imagine waking up and sitting in the tree canopy on the deck with the ocean view, all we could say was wow! The beach, restaurant and bar owned and operated by the Aqua Resort was fabulous and their staff so friendly and professional. You will certainly get your exercise while you are here and we were so eager to participate. The hills and the stairs were a welcome activity. Also to have access to the yoga classes on the special platform overlooking Redonda Bay was Amazing. We shopped local and cooked and enjoyed some delicious meals.

Security was second to none.

We will definitely return.

Thanks Ron and Carolyn

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ron Vaught
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Ron Vaught

We love the excitement of travel, but find our Nica home to be the perfect place to slow down and savor the moment. Nicaragua's beauty rivals anywhere we've visited, but the relaxed pace of living is what really appeals to us. Whether it's lingering over a fresh seafood dinner or strolling the beach, time and summer seem endless in Nicaragua.

Ron Vaught purchased this house in 2005

Why Ron Vaught chose Guacalito de La Isla

We have traveled much of the world, but until visiting Nicaragua never considered owning property abroad. Nicaragua is a well kept secret - we're happy to share it and invite you to experience the beauty of this diverse and welcoming country.


Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Augusto Sandino International Airport - Managua
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Hacienda Iguana Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Bromelia Restaurant (Aqua Resort) - 5 minute walk
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Redonda Beach (5 minute walk from the house)
Car: recommended

Sightseeing and shopping in historic Granada, Masaya Market and San Juan del Sur. Visit Masaya and Mombacho volcanoes, and Ometepe Island. Zipline tours can be arranged. Boats for hire in Gigante for deep sea fishing or coastal excursions. Iguana Golf Course is nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Housekeeping is included 3 days each week. Seasonal rates apply during Semana Santa and over Christmas/New Year holidays. Rates for longer visits are negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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