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Casabella: Surf Panga Drops and Colorado

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 6,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 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
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Casabella: Surf Panga Drops and Colorado
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews

Amazing place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house was even nicer than I thought it would be. Beautiful place, lots of space, right across from the beach. The little community that its in is great, with a few restraunts and golf course. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone else.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Half Way Between Colorado's and Panga!

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed Casabella. Very few problems. Cool building design. Room for plenty. Good WiFi. Monkeys in the trees right next door. The small pool in the center of the central courtyard is really cool. Kitchen well equipped. Lost electricity for 6 hours, no backup generator. Marleva, Fernando, Francisco, and Evan took great care of us. House is not right on the beach but is on the 'B' side of the beach road. 50 yards of the beach. Prone to flies in the courtyard.

Would really recommend this place. I love this beach. Love both breaks. Still haven't tried Punta de Los Perros. Go for it!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house, wonderful staff, wonderful beach

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 stayed here for 5 days. The house and swimming area was beautiful and relaxing. The staff were incredible and our chef worked around our schedule to make delicious food. The selfish part of me wants to leave a bad review to ensure it doesn't get too popular and then we can keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at Casabella!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casabella. The house was fantastic, the housekeeper even better, the waves were great, and Hacienda Iguana was cool!

My family and I were planning a surfing to trip to Costa Rica when a good friend recommended that we travel to Hacienda Iguana instead. I'm glad we made the change. The area was fantastic, and we enjoyed 8 straight days of surf!

Casabella was clean and well maintained. The caretaker and his wife were phenomenal. We enjoyed getting to know them during our trip, and they went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable.

The location was great. The house is across the street from a beach access path with short walks to Playa Colorados to the left and Panga Drops to the right. The house is also not far from Pili's and other great restaurants and cafes.

The house was larger than we needed (we only traveled with 4 people). The rooms were cozy with plenty of beds and space for our small crew. We loved the layout. The living area/kitchen and all of the bedrooms are centered around a courtyard with a small pool. The courtyard is open and airy and offered a great place to relax between surf sessions.

The owners were very responsive to some minor issues and questions that we had during our stay. We really appreciated their assistance answering questions before our stay, assistance with making travel arrangements, stocking the house with groceries before we arrived, and following up on our stay when we left. They are great hosts with a great house.

The only negatives that we experienced were due to small things that we did not expect. We were not prepared for some of the red ants that liked to hang out in the bathrooms (apparently this is common in Nicaragua). Also, the house was not stocked with condiments and spices which made cooking a challenge since we did not opt for a local chef. Fortunately, there are a couple of small stores in the community that had some of what we needed.

We learned a lot about what we do differently the next time we travel to Central America to surf. However, we are certain that we would stay here again! This place is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback Ross. We loved having you as guests. Hope you come back soon!
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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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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
**Summer Special**
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Semana Santa 2018
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 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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