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Casa la Selva - The Jungle House @ Colorados & Panga Drops Surf Breaks

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 in luxury Casita....or 4 in Main Casa only....or 6 in Both

World class surfing - 50 steps to our beach with Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks!

Casa La Selva is located halfway between our two famous surf breaks. Only 50 steps down our jungle path onto our beautiful beach/sand/surf where you can scope out each surf spot - decide which is best for you - Colorados is 200 yards to the left, Panga Drops is 200 yards to the right!

Several Renting Options:

Sleeps 2 in luxury Casita....or 4 in Main Casa only....or 6 in Both

Casita la Selva - Deluxe Studio, sleeps 2 (1 bedroom, 1 bath)

Casa la Selva - Main House, sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths)

Casa & Casita - Rented together, sleeps 6, (3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths)

Note: We accept PayPal/CCs & checks for pre-payments.

Casa la Selva is FULLY LOADED with high quality accommodations at an incredible value, offering all modern conveniences and comfort in this remote area at a most reasonable price. Surrounded by a beautiful, lush jungle garden, we provide a large infinity pool, large covered lanais with ceiling fans, and a Standby Generator that can power the entire grounds when the local power goes out (which happens fairly regularly, this is a big bonus!). For your convenience, our English & Spanish speaking concierge and his team are here to meet your needs, including arranging any excursions, meal plans, food deliveries, and transportation.

For more details, read on.....

--- Luxury accommodations at the Beach...lush Jungle...epic Surf

--- 50 steps to the sand & beach with world class surfing at Colorados & Panga Drops!

Enjoy a week or an extended stay in this beautiful home on the Pacific Coast of Southern Nicaragua. Casa la Selva is ideal for surfers and beach-goers that want to be right at the beach, steps from the sand & incredible surf, but that also want to experience the natural beauty and lush, unique jungle flora & fauna that this area has to offer. Located in the secure, gated community of Hacienda Iguana, 50 steps away from the sand & surf, this beautiful private home has all the amenities of a resort-style vacation, without the crowds. And with some of the best quality surf in Nicaragua and Central America.

The Main House has 2 master ensuite bedrooms with an additional 1/2 bath off the great room. The Casita is a deluxe studio with all the modern conveniences and charm of the main house. Each house is FULLY loaded with amenities, equipped with granite / stainless kitchens, expansive showers with natural stone, artisan furniture, luxury bedding, wireless internet, SatelliteTV, iPhone/iPod/CD stereos, dishwashers, fully automatic standby generator and a beautiful multi-level infinity pool surrounded by lush jungle habitat. There are covered patios with beautiful custom nicaraguan hardwood furniture, a large covered lanai adjacent to the pool, and lanais with rocking chairs overlooking the jungle & garden areas as well.

Rented together, the property sleeps 6. Rented separately, the Main House sleeps 4, or the Casita sleeps 2. Each bedroom can be set-up with 1 King or 2 Xtra-Long Twin beds for use as a couple or a share (super comfy mattresses!).


From Casa la Selva you are 50 steps to the sand of Playa Iguana and surf spots like Colorados and Panga Drops, offering some of the best surf in Central America. The house is designed for luxury and surfing, with secure outside surf closets, and is located approximately half-way between two world-class surf breaks, Colorados and Panga Drops, with several other peaks inbetween. Casa la Selva hosted the 2012 ISA Hawaiian Surf Team (including Sunny Garcia, Rochelle Ballard, & Mike Latronic) who won first place at the event held at our famous beach break, Colorados. See their testimonials below.

No matter what kind of board you ride, there are several different types and sizes of waves waiting for you at Casa la Selva. And we can arrange surf tours (by boat or auto) to some of the other surf spots nearby that Southern Nicaragua has to offer. We can also set up a surf photographer for your session (or for any activity).

Playa Iguana/Playa Colorado, including Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks, is one of the country's finest surfing locations. Colorados is a hollow, tubing beach break with many peaks, while Panga Drops is a mellower A-framing rock reef & sand break. And there are several other peaks/breaks along our ½ mile stretch of beach.


Located within our quaint Hacienda Iguana community, the golf course is the only coastal golf course in Nicaragua. This 9 hole course is less than 1/2 mile from Casa la Selva and is virtually yours as you play with no crowds whatsoever and with its perfectly manicured year round conditions. The course really is a lot of fun, with a beautiful, tropical environment and some amazing views. Our renters also have full access to Iguana's Beach Club located near the Colorados surf break a couple hundred yards down the beach from Casa la Selva; it contains a swimming pool, relaxation area, a restaurant, a beach side bar, BBQ, palapas, and volleyball court.

In the community of Hacienda Iguana there are a few restaurants on site (and several more close by). Pili's kitchen is located right down the street at the Beach Club and offers mediterrannean home cooking (see the excellent restaurant reviews on line). Also there is Don Eloy's restaurant & bar that serves some basic foods, including sandwiches, salads, wings and pizza. A small cafe with basic breakfast, lunch, and smoothie items is also available. And there are a handful of other local restaurants out the front gate in the nearby towns, including a beautiful restaurant on the ocean within Rancho Santana (reservations required).


Massages and Yoga, by trained/experienced professionals, can be scheduled at the house for your convenience, also regular sessions are available across the street (at Mark & Dave's Place), and also on site at The Aqua Spa which is located near the local town of Gigante, a 20 minute drive/taxi down the beach. Aqua is tastefully built into a local hillside with incredible private/couple massages, yoga classes/sessions, beautiful views, including a quiet beach cove, and a quaint restaurant and beach-side bar. A 'must visit.'


Fully prepared meal plans can be provided for 4 people or more. For $30-$40/person/day you will arrive to a kitchen stocked full of food and drink (including beer and rum) and food preparation/cooking is provided. Arranging this service will allow you to head straight from the airport to the house and beach without the hassle of shopping and spending time in a grocery store. Up to three delicious, healthy, and generous meals can be prepared daily by the staff allowing you to relax and enjoy your vacation completely. More details and a list of meals offered is available upon request. This is a great way to go.

Also consider fresh fish deliveries daily from Manuel...and fresh vegetable deliveries as well....this is really cool...our team can arrange this for you.


Fly into Managua Intnl Airport (MGA), the capital city of Nicaragua. From there it's a 2 ½ hour drive south to Nicaragua's southwest Pacific coast (we're approximately 30 miles north of Costa Rica). You don't necessarily need to rent a car; we offer very reasonable and accommodating transportation services to/from the airport as well as for any sightseeing or visiting the surrounding areas. This is a great way to go. But you can rent a car and it's relatively easy to find your way; we can provide directions (directions also available on our personal website...see link below). Or if you'd prefer airport transfers are available.

See our personal website for additional information and pictures (see 'Links to more information' below).

Note: Calendar only reflects when both houses are booked, so individual houses may be booked during days seen as open - pls inquire about availability.

Keywords: Casa la Selva, Casita la Selva, The Jungle House, The Jungle House Nicaragua, Nicaragua Surf Vacation, Luxury Beach House, Surfing Nicaragua, Playa Iguana, Hacienda Iguana, Colorados, Panga Drops, Jungle Surf

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Dave

We are two couples from the San Francisco Bay area who have been dear friends and long-time travel companions. We decided to purchase property in this beautiful area and build a vacation home together.

Dave purchased this house in 2012

Why Dave chose Nicaragua

Captivated by its wild beauty, charming people, and consistent high quality surf, we fell in love with the Pacific Tola Riviera on our first visit in 2008.

What makes this house unique

Surf the Pacific Coastline of beautiful Nicaragua.

Casa La Selva is 50 steps from the beach and world-class surf breaks, Colorados and Panga Drops.

With year round swells, surfing is always an option. No matter what kind of board you ride, there are several different types and sizes of waves waiting for you, just steps away from Casa la Selva.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great time! My husband and I stayed in the Casita for 10 nights and when arrived James had 2 bikes waiting for us; the best mode of transportation within Hacienda Iguana. The locals were super friendly. Cook for yourselves or have it catered through James...that's the best way to go! The restaurants within the community left us unsatisfied and wishing we cooked "at home". We especially loved the fisherman who showed up almost everyday on his motorcycle with a cooler full of fish, lobster and shrimp. For a short adventure outside the gate go to Pili and Mon's Kitchen. Fantastic food and totally unexpected. Two cool Spanish chicks cooking their butts off!

We came to Nicaragua to escape the busyness of everyday life and if you are looking for sunshine, beaches, relaxation and good surf this is the place to visit! We will definitely be back soon. Thank you James and we'll see you again real soon!
Nov 2012
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Rivas Department House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Guest bathroom
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins (bedroom #3 is deluxe studio)
  • 1 King or 2 Xtra-Long Twin beds available for each and every bedroom, your option (with very comfortable custom mattresses).
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Ocean view...50 steps to the sand & surf. Fully Loaded! Gas generator can power the entire property on occasions of electric failure. Beautiful jungle flora; large multi-level infinity pool; 3 Outdoor warm water Showers (1 private poolside); large covered patio with dining table for 6, Chaise lounges, Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs; 3 separate external surfboard/wet-wear closets (fits longboards too; securable); surfboard rentals at NSR surf shop 1 mile away; boogie boards; beach towels; large flat screen TVs/Apple TV/Wii; iPhone/iPod/CD Stereo; A/C & ceiling fans thru-out; dual-pane windows/sliders with screens and black-out linen blinds for privacy; open great room format w/ vaulted ceilings, large refrigerators, bottled water provided, dishwashers, gas ranges, microwave; bedrooms configurable with King or Xtra-Long Twin beds; brand new luxury mattresses; in-room safes, beautiful ensuite bathrooms have expansive showers & natural stone floors, dual shower heads & benches


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Casa la Selva - The Jungle House @ Colorados & Panga Drops Surf Breaks
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 29 reviews

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

The house was AMAZING. Far exceeded our expectations. Beautiful, comfortable, clean, and everything we could wish for! The pool was always clean and a perfect temperature. The property was private and beautifully maintained. And everyone we met was so friendly and accommodating. Iain took care of everything we needed! The housekeeper kept everything spotless top to bottom. And the on-site massages were the best ever. The beach breaks and local restaurants were all within close walking distance and we got to know many of the locals. Could not have asked for more!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lafayette, CA, USA

Holiday delight

  • 5 of 5

The service at Casa la Selva was so convenient. A phone call away. We had a superb chef, activities at our fingertips. $$$The house/casita was the perfect size for our family of 5. Highlights were Iain our concierge, Maria our cook, bicycles, waves, pool w/outdoor shower, Breakfast on the patio, Pili's restaurant and bar down the beach,First class surfing waves were steps away from beach. $$$Wifi wasn't great but I liked not being "available"!!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your family enjoyed Casa la Selva! Our team works hard to provide you with quality accommodations in this remote area. We apologize for any internet service issues during your stay. Although we usually have really good internet service (the local service provider has gotten so much better over the last 4 years), sometimes the winds can pick up significantly this time of year which can cause the service to be intermittent.
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Martin Sojka

  • 5 of 5

Nice place to stay nice house good value for money. Good servis

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 11 nights in Casa la Selva. Iain was our contact during our stay. He was incredible! He sincerely wanted us to contact him for anything necessary whether it was a tour to other places, produce delivery, fresh fish delivery, or just a ride to the grocery store. He often saw us walking in the community and always stopped to offer a ride. We’ve stayed in a lot of rental homes all over the world and never had this kind of service. The house was true to the pictures and very comfortable. We had a great stay. Thanks Iain.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Styling in Nica

  • 5 of 5

On the last south west swell, I decided to go surfing in Nicaragua for the first time. My Hawaiian friend, Mike Latronic, had told me about Playa Colorado, and spoke very highly about Casa La Selva, where the Hawaiian surfing team usually stays. When I got there, I was very impressed by the natural beauty, and the mixed aroma from the jungle and the ocean mist. The house is very well located, decorated and equipped. I was watching the contest at trestles on tv using Apple TV's AirPlay in between surf sessions at Panga drops, right across the house. It was awesome being able to walk to great restaurants: Pilli's to the left, and Casa Madera to the right. The staff was on point, being available around the clock providing and organizing everything, including boat rides with a surf photographer, amongst other things. Everything was way beyond my expectations, and I am already planing my next trip staying for a longer period of time, since one week wasn't enough. I had the time of my life!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Casita, Owners Excellent to work with

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Casa La Selva's Casita - it was GORGEOUS! Very accommodating and soooo COMFORTABLE! Within steps to the ocean to surf, the wonderful owners having a rental truck delivered straight to us to surf other breaks, I've been to Nicaragua three times and this was the best trip/accommodations of them all! If we needed anything the owners were just a click away and happy to help. When we go back we WILL stay there again. I can't even describe how comfortable the bed and just the whole accomadation was in general. Love love love. Nothing but excellent things to say and great memories! Looking forward to staying there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Managua International (MGA)
Nearest Golf
500 Metres
Hacienda Iguana 9-hole golf course on site
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Hacienda Iguana Beach Club & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Playa Colorados - beach and amazing surfing
Car: not necessary

World class surfing - 50 steps to the beach with Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks. Shortboard or longboard, there are several different types & sizes of waves along our ½ mile stretch of beach! 9-hole fully groomed Golf Course (golf carts; equipment, membership rates); Shelling; Boogie Board, Body-Surf, Swim; Fishing Adventures; Fishing from shore; Diving; Horseback Riding; Hiking; Zip Line; Shopping; Yoga/Massage (In-Home or at Aqua Spa & Wellness Center in Gigante); Dining Out; In-home Chef; Action Photography; Mountain Bike Tours; Wildlife Tours; Nature Watching - Howler Monkeys, Jungle Birds; Beautiful Sunsets, amazing Star Gazing.

Full access to Iguana Beach Club pool, bar & restaurant just down the street.

Walk along our beautiful sand & rocky coastline. Take a hike down our beach to the north around Los Perros to the secluded and most beautiful/amazing white beach coves and rocky points. Shopping sprees to the local small city of San Juan Del Sur.


Rates & Availability

Rivas Department House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Note: We accept PayPal/Credit Cards, and checks are great for pre-payments.
Please include 4% additional for fees for use of PayPal or Credit Card services.

Casita la Selva - Deluxe Studio, sleeps 2 (1 bedroom, 1 bath)
Casa la Selva - Main House, sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths)
Casa & Casita - Rented together, sleeps 6, (3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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