|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Are you looking for a comfortable vacation home that has a luxurious, exotic feel? Do you enjoy watching the surf, being awestruck by colourful sunsets and gazing at billions of stars? Then welcome to Casa Colina.
Located only a short 5 minute walk to shops, restaurants and bars, our home features an open air living environment with a floorplan that flows onto the front veranda through 4 gorgeous custom built wooden glass doors that do not obstruct the views of San Juan del Sur Bay, the quaint town and surrounding jungle. Casa Colina was designed and built to North American earthquake standards by renowned architect Chris Robertson (Pier 39 San Francisco and Finca Las Nubes) on a ridge in the gated, boutique community of Paradise Bay. Our property features a large stone terrace that is an excellent space for yoga. Our guests can enjoy daily visits from exotic birds like white throated magpie jays, motmots, kiskadees, baltimore orioles, doves, hummingbirds and the occasional appearance of wild budgies. It's not uncommon to see Howler Monkeys in the trees surrounding the pool.
Casa Colina is more than a rental home, it is also our second home as we do spend several months a year enjoying the sights, sounds and our friends of San Juan del Sur. As a result, we take great pride in maintaining our home to the highest standards. Our guests comment that it does feel and look like a home, not a hostel or cold rental space like many other casas in the area. We would be delighted to share our incredible home away from home with you in our absence.
Our home is quite private, and while the 4 m x 8 m (12 ft x 24 ft) infinity pool, arguably the largest in San Juan del Sur, is considered shared, it is only shared with the adjacent twin house and rarely would you find yourself sharing it with others. Because of the terracing, and the other house being below ours, anyone staying there cannot see into any of our spaces and vice versa. The pool is located behind the other house, but adjacent to ours. Anyone staying in the other house cannot see the pool, but there is a great view of the pool from our master bedroom and front veranda.
The bathroom in the master bedroom is only accessible through the bedroom, making it a very private space. The main bathroom is ensuite to the second bedroom but also accessible from the main living area through a separate doorway. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans while the loft bedroom has two wall fans directed at the sleeping area. Due to the constant gentle breeze, air conditioning in the main part of the house is not necessary.
Keywords: 2 bedrooms with king size beds, private loft with two twin beds, 3 twin sofa beds, oceanview, infinity pool overlooks ocean & town, covered veranda with rocking chairs and hammocks, separate large terrace and gas bbq.
My husband and I love to travel to sunny, tropical locations and had been considering purchasing a vacation property for several years but just hadn't found the right country until we arrived in Nicaragua. Living in a part of Canada that gets plenty of cold, wet weather, we plan to spend more and more time in SJDS over the coming years with a goal to eventually retiring there.
The Owner purchased this house in 2011
After travelling around Nicaragua for several weeks in February 2011, we arrived in San Juan del Sur for our final week of vacation. The people were friendly and showed pride in their town. After 12 hours, we both loved it and felt very safe. It only took us a few days to discover all the hidden jewels of the town, from restaurants to shops, tours and activities. It was most important to us to be able to purchase groceries and other products that we are accustomed to and the local offerings did not disappoint. Having lobster dinner on the beach for $14 - or cocktails, wine and lobster dinner for two at under $40 certainly helped with the decision to purchase in SJDS!!
Our vacation home is truly a 5 minute walk to shops and restaurants and only another 3 minutes to the beach. The views of the valley, mountains, town, bay and ocean are spectacular. We can literally sit for hours at the pool or on the verandah and stare off with only the birds to interrupt the scenery and night lights. The peace and tranquility of this area is at the south end of San Juan del Sur and really doesn't require a car as do the other surrounding developments. And if we're feeling lazy, a quick inexpensive taxi ride gets us to where we need to be. There are plenty of inexpensive taxis and shuttles to get you to nearby surfing beaches as well as tour companies that can do longer day trips to outlying areas. The beach in SJDS is great for playing in the small surf or laying about, with plenty of bars and restaurants to serve you. The marina there offers fresh seafood for sale, fishing trips and fun sailing excursions to nearby beaches.
This house is not your typical "rental" unit. It is obvious the owners take great pride in maintaining the building and providing security for the people lucky enough to rent the place. Sure there are some mismatched dishes but we can only imagine the breakage they have to deal with and can't be expected to replace full sets all the time. The kitchen does have every gadget you need which is not normal in most vacation rentals.
The house was spotless when we arrived and exceeded our expectations in beauty and design. Very comfortable too. I don't know where else in town you might find a nicer place to stay with respect to location as it does only take 5 minutes to walk to town and if you aren't on a hill, you won't have a view, and this one is spectacular!
Casa Colina was the perfect choice for our San Juan Del Sur vacation.
We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this little town, and house.
Catalina was great to us, would definitely recommend taking full advantage.
Casa Colina is beautiful and well maintained-- has all the comforts from home. 7 of us adults fit comfortably, the loft space was a bit hot so the guys ended up sleeping in the living room which gets a nice breeze at night. The view is breath taking at all times of the day, but is especially cool at night when the town is lit up. As expected in Nica- the electricity did go out twice during our week stay, but that is no reflection on the home itself. even though the pool is quite small, it was such a luxury to have one after walking up the hill to get home. We all got massages at the house, which was incredible! Highly recommend doing that! Catalina is the best ever. Can't say enough good things about her! She is so helpful and brought us a ton of laughs and fun times. Another positive- There is a security guard station before reaching the casa and a guard outside the property at night, so we all felt extremely safe. I highly reccomend staying at casa Colina if your considering staying in SJDS.
Casa Colina is beautiful and well maintained-- has all the comforts from home. 7 of us adults fit comfortably, the loft space was a bit hot so the guys ended up sleeping in the living room which gets a nice breeze at night. The view is breath taking at all times of the day, but is especially cool at night when the town is lit up. As expected in Nica- the electricity did go out twice during our week stay, but that is no reflection on the home itself. even though the pool is quite small, it was such a luxury to have one after walking up the hill to get home. We all got massages at the house, which was incredible! Highly recommend doing that! Catalina is the best ever. Can't say enough good things about her! She is so helpful and brought us a ton of laughs and fun times. I highly reccomend staying at casa Colina if your considering staying in SJDS.
My sister and I stayed here in San Juan Del Sur for one month. Although, it it was the rainy season, it did not have any affect on our trip. This property is by far, the best property in all of SJDS. We spent many days walking and exploring the town and saw nothing as nice as this. The views are phenomenal, a private pool (which you will be very happy you have), and the lovely Catalina. She will cook for you, shop for you, clean for you and is wonderful. There is a lot of construction going on in this area in the way of new homes, so a tad bit of traffic and workers, however, very tolerable. The walk up the hill to the property is not for the weary. Doable, but by no means easy. We had a slight refrigerator problem, as our food was all freezing, but that was remedied quickly by the owner with a new refrigerator. Karen could not have been more helpful and concerned with any of our issues. I hate to give this property such a great revue, as I don't want you all to be there when I want to come back, but it is The Best in all of San Juan Del Sur and I did extensive research. You will not be disappointed if you choose this property for your visit.
Our group consisted of 2 families with 4 children ages 1-5. This home was a perfect place to stay. We were able to walk to town every day (though we often took a cab back UP the hill), and we were within close proximity of nice beaches. Having a home base with a kitchen, air-conditioned rooms, and the pool made traveling with young children fun and *somewhat* easy. Katalina, as mentioned by many, is a wonderful cook and we all adored her. We also highly recommend finding the blue jeep beach taxi (driven by Martin) to visit some of the beautiful surfing beaches. Great home in a great town.
The Casa Colina was wonderful. This was a girls getaway. The house has everything you need, is spotlessly clean, King size beds are very comfortable, and you should definitely have Katalina cook for you, we had 3 meals prepared and she was top notch! I run several restaurants and can tell you that she is on par with my chefs! You will have left overs as well! We had Beef Tenderloin, lobster, mahi mahi and chicken.
The hill is very steep, but you can take a cab if its too much for you to walk up, about 150 cords. We walked down, and took a cabs home. The wifi didn't work, I think they need a new box, they checked it out, but couldn't get it up and going. If you bring a laptop you can hardware in. If you use an Ipad or tablet, a walk into town for you. All the restaurants and cafe's in town have wifi so its not a deal breaker by any means.
Harry the property manager arranged rides for us to different beaches, Hermosa and Maderas and we swam and watched some surfing. We had the best fish taco's ever at Maderas beach. Both beaches have a restaurant and bar. Lots to do, we chose to hang out, sample the local restaurants, make daqairies in house and swing on the hammocks at night. The price is right for this location, the food in town is very good. Service is exceptional.
I felt safe, we even slept with the doors to the bedrooms wide open. You will need to adjust to the barking dogs, and Egg Horn Foghorn Roosters, but that was only the first night it woke me up, and because it was our choice to sleep with doors open.
I have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone.
waterfall rapelling, zipline canopy tour - two casinos in town
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.