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Chuck Smith

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Fantastic Vistas, Directly Over the Pacific, Minutes to Surf!

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Hacienda Pura Vista, located between the beaches of Marsella and Maderas, and directly above Marsella bay, is an extraordinarily comfortable home that offers incredible panoramic ocean to land views and access in minutes to some of the most consistent surf and beautiful beaches in all of Nicaragua. Its hilltop location and multi-level covered deck surrounding design insures cool, comfortable inside and outside living year round and rain or shine without the need for air-conditioning (This may be hard to believe but true. Check out my reviews to confirm this fact!) allowing the sound of the waves breaking on the beach as well the monkey and bird song to filter through the house day and night. Additionally, San Juan Del Sur, with its shopping, dining, and nightlife possibilities is only 15 minutes away.

The upper two floors and the observation deck of the house are available ofr rental. The second floor incorporates a large fully equipped kitchen/spacious open living/dining area and a large LCD TV/home entertainment system design, with a half bath serving this area, and two bedrooms with two full size beds, each with in-suite full bathrooms, and a large bedroom with a queen size bed and a futon, full bath, and small bedroom with a full size bed on the top floor, sleeping a total of 8 to 10 persons (5 full beds, 1 queen, and a full size futon). A very comfortable queen size air-bed is also available for use.

Both floors are completely surrounded by large covered decks accessible by multiple sliding glass doors, and are topped with an open observation deck. The total deck area for these two floors is over 8000 sq. ft., providing comfortable outdoor living year round. A water back-up system and a full battery/generator power backup system is also incorporated, a must in this part of the world.

Daily house cleaning is available, as well as handy-man and 24 hour security services by a couple employed and living adjacent to the house. For an additional price, cooking services can also be provided.

Additionally, the first floor can be available for rent which has one bedroom with a queen size bed, a full bath, kitchen, separate entry, parking and wrap-around deck, either in conjunction with the upper floors or by itself. Separate covered parking areas are provided for both house sections. Please inquire for availability and pricing for this option.

Keywords: Three Story Home with upper observation deck

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chuck Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Chuck Smith

63 year old B&B owner, transplanted Texan and Nicaraguan resident.

Chuck Smith purchased this house in 2002

Why Chuck Smith chose Nicaragua

Location, location, location! Specifically, the view, the surf, the climate, the country and the people, the security, as well as being just a few hours away from the USA. Also, there are few if any houses in the area that offer the panoramic view that surrounds this house. It's just far enough away from San Juan Del Sur to provide the combination of easy access to town and true country living.

What makes this house unique

The views! Truly, some of the best that the world can offer. Closeness to nature; hear the surf, the monkees, the parrots. Incredibly fresh, clean air. Three minutes walk to the beach. Private, serene, and secure. Ten minute walk to one of the most famous surfing beaches in Nicaragua and a fifteen minute drive to San Juan Del Sur.


based on 40 traveler reviews

Fantastic Vistas, Directly Over the Pacific, Minutes to Surf!
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews

Pura Vista for a Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time in this house and the surrounding area! Chuck is a great host, and even though he wasn't there at the time we were, he mad sure our needs were addressed. Prior to the trip, he responded very fast to emails and was helpful with planning; he knows the area well and has great suggestions on where to go/ do, etc. We were a group of 7 friends and thoroughly enjoyed his house for 1 week (early April 2016). It is spacious and clean with amazing views of Playa Marsella and the ocean beyond. The kitchen is well stocked with microwave, coffee maker, gas stove, etc. Bathrooms and bedrooms are clean and comfortable. We used the smoker and bbq grill to cook up steaks and some fish we caught. Chuck also helped us arrange rental car transport in SJDS. His friends Jeremy and Miguel were there to help us out if we needed and were around to make sure the place was safe...not that there is anything to worry about really. Lefty the dog is awesome to hang out with as well! The views are amazing, the people are great and you will have a memorable trip! Enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really happy to hear that you guys enjoyed your stay at Hacienda Pura Vista,, sorry that I ended up not being able to meet you, and hope that you do indeed come back so I have the opportunity to do so in the future. Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review Shafiq! Very best regards, Chuck.
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Family Get together

  • 5 of 5

One more great review for Hacienda Pura Vista. We had a great time Chuck! Quickly reachable to Playa Marsella , Playa Maderas and San Juan Del Sur by car.

Chuck was a great host. Not as good as Lefty, but close! :-) Thank you for the great advice throughout our stay and getting our lost luggage delivered so quickly! Chuck was available to answer any questions and handle any and every issue we managed to come up with! We also really enjoyed Miguel, who is there to help with whatever is needed.

The views were incredible. We could see the sunrise and hear the surf without ever leaving our bed, and the moon would peek into the bedroom window at night as well. We also enjoyed taking a pillow and stretching out on the observation deck to just look at the stars. The beach was a short drive away, or a comfortable walk there with a rather strenuous walk back!

We would highly recommend a day trip to Granada and the island tour there. We also enjoyed a trip to Masaya to the market and to Catalina for a great lunch overlooking a magnificent lake. Our 4 adult sons enjoyed learning to surf, ride motorcycles, zip-lining at the Flying Frog, and the nightlife in SJDS. We enjoyed the beach, climbing among the rocks, exploring caves, and just hanging out on the decks, absorbed in books and the surf.

Our favorite places to eat were Mango Rosa and Simon Says, which is in town. It is a uniquely delightful little place that has healthy salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. We found that indeed, there is no need for air conditioning, the place is very cool and breezy all the time. We did find, as Chuck predicted, that the winds pick up significantly beginning in later February, so you may want to keep that in mind as you choose travel dates. However, we found it to be a great time for kite-flying!

If you are looking for a great getaway with great views with enough deck area to get lost in and no mosquitos, then Hacienda Pura Vista is the spot to go. It has all the amenities you need to have a great vacation.

Give Lefty a treat for us, Chuck! We'll be Back.

Jim swears he is not the one who taught Lefty the new bad habits. Sorry, Chuck.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy ya'll enjoyed your stay at Hacienda Pura Vista, Lynn, and it was very much a pleasure to have you as guests and get to spend some time and get to know all of you. Tell Jim that I know better; he spoiled lefty to death, but he is an irresistible little guy, and enjoyed your company greatly as well! I'm very satisfied with my "new" motorhome purchase, and might just be swinging by someday to say hello. In any case, I hope to see you and your family again some day. Thank you for the wonderful review............ Saludos, Chuck, Lefty, and Miguel.
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Stunning Views, Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Hacienda Pura Vista was the perfect location for our first week in Nicaragua. Situated between Playa Marsella and Playa Maderas, you can walk to either beach. The 360 degree view from the top deck was amazing, beautiful sunsets! The house had all the amenities you would need, great wifi, satellite tv, towels in all the bathrooms, clean linens on all the beds and a great fully equipped kitchen. Cleaning service was offered twice during our week stay! The owner Chuck was very helpful, not only with suggestions on where to go and what to see, but twice our rental car broke down and he made sure we were taken care of. Would highly recommend a stay here! We look forward to visiting again next year! Tip: get up early in the morning and take your coffee out to the deck, your bound to see flocks of parakeets and howling monkeys!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike and Kim, I'm glad that you guys enjoyed your stay at Hacienda Pura Vista so much. It was a real pleasure meeting you both, and not only hope to see you again next year, but also to hear back about your Corn Islands experience! Best regards, Chuck.
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2nd visit!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hacienda Pura Vista for a second time in February (first stay in 2013)--we weren't sure if it could get any better than the first time, but we were wrong! The hospitality of Chuck, Rosa, and Lefty cannot be beat. Fabulous views, and exceptional launching point for the nearby beaches. The house itself is very clean and stays cool throughout the hot days. Chuck guided us in the right direction in terms of restaurants/things to do both around the house, and also in the heart of SJDS. Hacienda Pura Vista has a special place in our hearts. HIGHLY recommended to all!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan, It was great having you and Louis at Hacienda Pura Vista again, and would like to congratulate you both for your wedding plans, and hope that we are in Nicaragua to attend the event. Thanks for the wonderful review, and we are both looking forward to seeing you next year! Saludos, Chuck, Rosa, and Lefty.
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Unobstructed Beauty

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at this lovely property. Chuck and Lefty are fantastic hosts who try to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Lefty will sunbathe with you on the deck, and Chuck has a lot of local information, so if you are looking for things to do, or want to know more about the area be sure to ask him. I didn't ever feel unsafe or leery in the area... the only thing that startled me was the sound the howler monkeys make (I had never heard anything like it before). The house is comfortable with no need for A/C even on hot days; the breeze is constant and keeps it cool. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to make meals (just add food from Pali or the local SJDS mercado). The views are unparalleled and breathtaking. My husband and I traveled with our kids (12 & 17), and another family of 3. The house easily accommodated all of us without feeling crowded. We walked to Playa Madera a few times and enjoyed the trip (ask Chuck about the shortcut; it will make your life much easier) We will definitely recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in this area.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I want to thank you guys for choosing Hacienda Pura Vista for your vacation here, and for the nice review, Mya! It was a pleasure having you here and I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help in your search for properties down here in the future....... Best wishes, Chuck
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Epic Ocean Views !!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week with Chuck and Rosa at the Hacienda Pura Vista. The house is exactly as advertised. Clean, quiet, comfortable and completely "tranquillo". Excellent ocean views, close proximity to town and several of the best beaches in the area. The owner, Chuck is an excellent resource for all your vacation plans. Every recommendation he made was better than expected and his local knowledge is priceless. Cannot forget about Chuck's fury little buddy, "Lefty", what a ham ! We rented Chuck's Isuzu for the week and once again, "Chuck, sorry for the shredded tire". We will make it up to you when we return. Look forward to seeing the both of you here shortly as we have already made plans to spend a few more days at the Hacienda Pura Vista.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Joel. We enjoyed having you as guests, and happy that you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Best regards, Chuck, Rosa, and Lefty.
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Surfing lessons, kayak trips, guided tours to various tourist activities, trips to town, etc. can also be provided. Please contact owner for details and availability.


Rates & Availability

Rivas House Rental Rates

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low season
May 15 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
high season
Nov 1 2016 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Prices are subject to change. Please contact owner to confirm pricing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rivas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (5), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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