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Casabella, Hacienda Iguana: Surf Panga Drops and Colorado

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 6,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Beautiful Home With Private Court Yard & Pool, 4 Bedrooms/4 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

THE PERFECT SURF GETAWAY. Nicaragua's Emerald Coast is a top surf destination because of the general consistency of the waves and weather conditions. The gentle offshore winds that blow all day long for an average of 300+ days per year create perfect surfing conditions. Nicaragua is also one of Central America's most beautiful wildlife corridors with captivating oceans and lush rain forests. You can expect visits from the delightful local monkey troop along with exquisite exotic birds, nesting sea turtles and other wildlife.

THE COMMUNITY: Casabella is located in the gated community of Hacienda Iguana just across the street from the beach under a beautiful canopy of trees. Perfectly nestled in between two world class surf breaks: Panga Drops (200 yards North) and Colorado (200 yards South). Hacienda Iguana is one of Nicaragua's most luxurious communities. It contains an impeccable world class golf course and a fun community restaurant and bar overlooking Playa Colorado's Break.

THE SPACE: Casabella is a beautiful, 6500 sq. ft., private villa. Designed and built in an authentic colonial Nicaraguan style with a beautiful courtyard garden and lagoon style pool, Casabella is a stunning mix of modern luxuries and natural elements. Each of the four bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and private entrance from the courtyard. All indoor living spaces are air conditioned and are equipped with screened windows and doors if you want to enjoy the breeze. The two upstairs bedrooms overlook the courtyard and are adjoined by a covered outdoor living space where guests can gather and relax. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all the modern conveniences of home. All linens and towels (beach and bath) are provided along with wifi, cable tv, onsite laundry and cleaning services.

CATERING AND TRANSPORTATION: Catering is available for a fee. We offer three meals a day for $35 per person. Or two meals a day (one must be breakfast) for $25 per person. The menu includes a mix of traditional Nicaraguan and American foods. Transportation can be arranged from the airport to the house for a small fee.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA INCLUDE: surfing, golfing, boating, deep see fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, kayaking, zip lines, massage, yoga, manicures and pedicures, biking, hiking and sightseeing tours.

We hope you will enjoy spending time with your family and friends in our beautiful home, whether it's sunbathing by our private pool, relaxing on the patio or sharing a meal. We love our Nicaraguan Dream Home and we think you will too. So come and enjoy La Pura Vida with us.

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More Details

Mara and Ernie Fretwell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

Why Mara and Ernie Fretwell chose Nicaragua

Our family immediately fell in love with the off-the-beaten-track charm of Nicaragua's Emerald Coast. Lined with dense jungles and white sand beaches this small portion of pacific coastline offers several world class surf breaks. Our colonial style home, Casabella, is located within Hacienda Iguana, one of Nicaragua's premier gated communities. We love our Nicaraguan home and know that you will too. Come enjoy la pura vida with us.


Rivas Department House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Each bedroom has a private bathroom, closet and air conditioning unit.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Casabella, Hacienda Iguana: Surf Panga Drops and Colorado
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Amazing place to be

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the lay out of the house as we shared it between 3 families. The staff that helped at the house were lovely, friendly and willing to assist with anything. We felt like royalty and caught some wicked waves! Can't wait to return again ☺

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoy the house! has plenty of rooms to enjoy. The kitchen has an open floor plan great for entertainment, the beach is amazing and private. Very clean property and the homeowner was available to answer my questions. There is a mini market very close to the property in case you need to get something quick and the roads are accessible. Security guards at the gate, they are very friendly. We will definitely go back anytime and I would recommend it to family and friends. The Jimenez's Family!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Jeaneth! We look forward to hosting you and your family again.
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Great location in Iguana!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casabella. The home was very spacious and well kept. We were at Iguana for a wedding and the house was the perfect retreat for us. An added plus was the great surf and golf nearby. The pool was clean and refreshing. Would defiantly stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly what you see in the picture is what you will get the beach is amazing and the house is totally beautiful. My husband and I booked this property we flew in with our 3 kids ages 3-11-12 years old. The pool was perfect for our 3 year old and the boys Learn how to surf with a local guy there that the care taker knew. Some of the nicest people in Nica you will meet and the beach I was a little scare of the waves but before I knew it I was already by the waves with my 3 year old swimming. We live in the Fl Keys sonare pretty confident around the Ocean. Ernie was wonderful to work with answered all our questions. Restaurants around the property were the taco shop, don Elloy, restaurante playa iguana i believe and there was another one I can't remember the name very good all of them. We are foodie so won't disappoint! We will definitely be back to this propert as we all loved it! Thank you again for the wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casabella Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a fantastic time staying at CasaBella. The house was perfect for my family of five and my Mother and Sister in Law and her child. It was in a perfect location and very private. The staff was phenomenal and were there to help with any needs at all. They were very friendly and helpful in all aspects. The location was perfectly situated between via Colorado and Panga Drops for quick access for surfing but also offering a great beach right out front with limited crowds. We enjoyed spending time at the private pool in the beautiful courtyard as well as having great meals inside the large kitchen and family room. This is a perfect house for families with young children or a group of adults looking for a great time at a private getaway or hard-core surfers. We look forward to returning again soon. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was beautiful, close to beach with equal distance to panga drops and colorados.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. We had 6 of us on a surf trip, all had plenty of room and the waves were insane. Also Fernado the caretaker was the best, even was able to help us get fresh fish and lobster. Highly recommend staying at Casa Bella and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Emerald Coast International
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Hacienda Iguana Bar
Nearest Golf
Within Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Pili's Kitchen (just down the street)
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Iguana Beach


Rates & Availability

Rivas Department House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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