|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
An ideal spot to relax and enjoy beautiful sunsets on your own beach, with a big shaded area(5 acres) of coconut trees and fruit trees, away from other touristy locations. Walking distance to Reserva Natural Padre Ramos where Pacific ocean meets a gorgeous lagoon. You can explore the reserve on your own or with local guides, or you can rent a dugout canoe. Walking distance in the other direction to quaint fishing village and small restaurants. Excellent surfing, swimming and fishing right behind house or enjoy a good book in a hammock under the trees. Close to Cosiguina volcano for hiking. The volcano is one of Central America's tallest volcano. It takes about three hours o climb for spectacular views over Honduras an El Salvador. It will be a unique experience of a lifetime.
We went on vacation here one year and enjoyed the moonlight walks and quiet beaches and beautiful sunsets and wanted to spend winters here to get out of the cold.
The pacific ocean is wonderful for swimming. The walking and finding fresh fish from the local fishermen is always fun. Plenty of North Americans to visit if you desire.
Tropicalia has a good location on the beach and in relation to Padre Ramos. The family who look after the house (Felix, Esther and son Derek) were excellent - welcoming, friendly and very helpful. The photograph advertising the property is out of date - the coconuts now overshadow it and flowering shrubs no longer appear out front ( however, this shade/coolness can be regarded as a positive). The ocean, with its rollers, seems essentially suitable for surfing rather than swimming.
The interior is basic but ok.
The house water is salty - it is not therefore possible to shower in fresh water and may account for the rusting of the cooker (making it a bit difficult to use at times) and cutlery - though a brisk onshore breeze will inevitably also carry sea spray.
The shower is subject to gecko droppings - in sufficient quantity to require cleaning out the shower tray each morning. Work surfaces also had to be cleaned.
In common with the rest of Nicaragua, the area around Tropicalia is inundated with discarded plastic. Sadly, the usual method used by local households to dispose of this, in addition to other waste, is to burn it. This can create unpleasant conditions - of particular concern to asthmatics.
The house itself is very secure. We were disturbed to learn on our first day on the beach, however, that two months previously a girl had been robbed there and were advised not to carry valuables. On our second morning, we were advised very seriously to be very careful when out walking.
The local shop was basic but adequately stocked to get by. Local fish was available.
The nearest bar/restaurant offered ,on our single visit, a very limited menu and was populated by loud and inebriated citizens of the USA.
My wife and I did not feel relaxed here and stayed for only two of the ten days booked. Cheryl was reasonable about a refund.
Overall our stay was okay. The house was basic. We stayed for month. It took us awhile to get accustomed to the area and what could be found there. We are a couple in our fifties and this was our first experience in Central America. It would have been nice to have been given a detailed info/welcome package on the house and the area. We would have then been prepared for gecko poop and scorpions! We made breakfasts and lunches at the house but found it difficult to cook many dinners besides pasta/rice there. It was just too hot to cook in the kitchen and it would take awhile for the little gas burners to cook anything. We soon learned to eat dinners in the local restaurants and hostels for very little money. The bed was comfortable enough and we really enjoyed the hammocks. The plus of the property is the location to the beach and the peacefulness of the property. We enjoyed fresh coconuts and coconut water most days but we were a little disappointed as we thought the property was filled with "fruit trees." Lots of coconuts yes, but we envisioned mangos, avocados etc. when the property was described as having fruit trees. Would we come back? Maybe. The beach is incredible and for very little money you can rent a surfboard and go out surfing right in front of the house. Surfing is good for beginners. Fishing with local fishermen was fun but did not catch a lot of fish. The mangrove kayak tour was very enjoyable. We also arranged a trip with a local young man up the Cosigüina Volcano. It was a pleasure to get to know some of the local families. If we were to return to this area, we would again rent this house. We met other people renting a couple of other properties and they had bat/cleanliness issues.
Jiquilillo is a beautiful area for the beach and surfing. Our property manager, Azqel, was very attentive to our needs. He was an asset we can never thank enough. Listen to his words of caution. The house is basic, but well equiped. The community works well together.
My family and I spent a week at Cheryl's place and we loved it! The house is great, well equipped and cozy. What you see in the pics is what you'll get! Cheryl was always available to answer all of our (multiple!) concerns. Special mention goes to the caretakers, Azrael and Ester (and the young toddler, Derek) who were absolutely wonderful. If you're looking for good surfing waves, KMs of empty beaches, nature and great local people, this is the place you'd like to visit. If you want to hit a Starbucks everyday, then, you should go to Costa Rica :)
Thanks Cheryl for giving us the opportunity to spend an amazing week at your dream house!
Mauricio, Veronique and Nina
We enjoyed the property for two months during the rainy season of September and October. The rainstorms were short bursts which occurred mostly at night. Our small children ages 4 and 6 loved playing at the beach about 100 yards from the front door. The palm grove outside the house was also a nice shaded area. Mosquitos were a problem for our young children. We used repellent and bug nets during the night. This property classifies as adventure tourism. Expect power outages, an hour drive to a commercial area (Chinadega), and interaction with mother nature. The inconveniences were well worth the pleasant memories created for our family. We speak Spanish and enjoyed the many experiences of swimming, bogie boarding, canoeing, fishing, turtle preservation, Spanish study, and local friendships. We were able to do most of our food shopping locally. It took some effort to find out which house/truck sells what and when. I recommend the "water truck." It would fill our 5 gallon bottle for 10 Cordobas. We drank this water for two months without any illness. This home appeared to be one of the nicest rental/hotel along the Peninsula. We were cozy and dry during all weather with the benefits of a nice kitchen. It was situated on high ground closer to Padre Ramos. Other similar properties, closer to Jiquilillo, were flooded ankle deep with rain water. Many of the hostels closed for a few weeks to pump out flood water. We enjoyed the comforts of our 4x4 truck to make day trips. We also used the chicken bus on occasion. This area of the world is unique. We love the community and plan to return.
My Girl friend and I stayed here for 7 days in February 2014. It has been 2 months since we returned home, and I wish I was still in Jiquilillo. I read all the other reviews on this rental, and they are all spot on. The location, the grounds, the facilities are all top notch. We wanted to rent a house on the beach away from major tourist activity, buy local seafood, cook most of our meals, buy cold beer, and learn to surf. This turned out to be the perfect place. I could write a lot of praise for Tropicalia (the name of this property) I will keep it short. We checked out a few other places in the area, they were nice, but when I return it will be to Tropicalia. Nicaragua is getting discovered. If you like adventure see it now before it gets over developed. If you are lucky the owner will be at Tropicalia. He is great guy, and very helpful. I have recommended this rental to all my traveling friends since we returned home.
P.S. Rugero please come visit us here in Idaho !
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
A tour through the Padre Ramos estuary is a must for scenic viewing of wildlife and mangroves. A hike up the volcano and a ride down on a 'snowboard' is an exhilarating experience. Ride the surf on surfboards. Kayaking or horseback riding also. Relaxing in your hammock after a fun filled day.