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CASA DEL MAR - beautiful oceanfront house in the center of Las Peñitas

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Clothes Dryer
  • children welcome


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Clothes Dryer
  • children welcome

About the property

Beautiful oceanfront home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

New opened upstairs bedroom with balcony and bathroom inside.

We don´t have a/c, wifi or television, but you don´t need this, because there´s always a breeze from the ocean and you can see every night beautiful sunsets and stars.

You will be well taken care of by our wonderful caretakers.

Perfect weather all year round.

Las Peñitas is a still unspoilt small fishing/surfing village where you most of the time have the beach of your own.

The house is right in the center, where you will find restaurants, bars and surf schools. A grocery shop is right in front of the house.

It´s only a short drive to León, where you will find museums churches and nice colonial architecture.

More Details

Susanne Ruckgaber
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Susanne Ruckgaber

I´m German and my husband is from Nicaragua, but we both live in Germany at the moment.

I lived 3 years in Nicaragua and felt in love with the country and the people.

Susanne Ruckgaber purchased this house in 2015

Why Susanne Ruckgaber chose Nicaragua

We just bought this property in Las Peñitas, because it was always my favorite place and I finally could fulfill my dream to have a property there.

I hope in some years we will be able to live there.


Leon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , no hot water, but view on the ocean
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , the bathroom is opposite the room, sink and toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , the bathroom is opposite the room, no hot water
  • the 2 bathrooms downstairs are just opposite the rooms, each with toilet and sink.. one with shower. In the upper floor the bathroom is inside the room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Queen size beds (2) and upstairs king size bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

CASA DEL MAR - beautiful oceanfront house in the center of Las Peñitas
average rating of 4.827586 based on 29 reviews

A relaxing stay. We would come back to Casa Del Mar.

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 5 (mom, dad, 1 teen, 2 20 somethings) looking for a quiet place on the beach, for the first part of our trip to Nicaragua. We found it in Las Penitas. Casa Del Mar (the name of the house) is simple, but great. In Nicaragua, a lot of living space is outside, and that is the way it is at Casa Del Mar. The eating area and hanging out area is beautiful, surrounded by lots of plants and you can see and hear the ocean. The kitchen is simple, but the gas stove works well, and the fridge is also in good repair (we cooked a number of meals and had no problems). If you are doing some of your own cooking, it is best to head into the grocery stores in Leon (La Union or Colonia) as the local stores we found were all very small...we took the chicken bus into town and then took a taxi back with our groceries. The bedrooms in the house are simple but ok. The upstairs bedroom with the balcony is great...nice view of the ocean and great to hear the waves all night. Las Penitas itself is small and very "local"...this is not a touristy spot. There are a number of decent restaurants in town...we enjoyed the Oasis (a few doors down), the Lazy Turtle, and Barca de Oro. We really enjoyed hanging out in the hammocks, swimming in the ocean, and surfing (surfing is really good)...also just walking down the main street to grab an inexpensive drink at one of the many little bars. We also did day excursions to Leon. Once we got to know the local Las Penitas people a bit, we realized how great they were...very honest, very friendly. Suzanne (the owner) sent a lot of info in advance of our trip, which was helpful. The caretakers for the house, Abel and Sorocco, were great! We even had Sorocco make dinner for us one evening, and that was wonderful. One thing to note: most people in Las Penitas only speak Spanish (naturally), so learn a little Spanish or bring Google Translate. We would go back to Las Penitas, and we would be happy to stay in Casa Del Mar again.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Don, thanks a lot for taking the time to write this helpful review! It was nice to talk to you before your stay and although I didn´t meet you Abel told us, that you were very responsable with the house and a really friendly family! I would be happy to welcome you again at casa del mar!
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a great place to spend christmas!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very airy beachhouse with all the facilities you'll need - and it sits on one of the most prettiest stretches of the beach in Las Peñitas! The master bedroom upstairs with its terrace is a gem that offers breathtaking views. There is a little grocery store right opposite and several bars/restaurants within a 5 min walk. The owner couldn't have been more helpful and the caretakers, a very friendly Nica couple, did a great job cleaning the place and explaining how everything works. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this nice review. I´m very happy that you liked the house and I hope you come back one day!
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Beautiful home in a beautiful village.

  • 5 of 5

Your home is amazing Suzanne! Perfect location being smack dab in the middle of a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, close proximity to many great restaurants (Sua was one of our favourites) and easy access by road to many fun day trips including Leon, volcanoes including Cerro Negro, and Masaya, and Chinendega. The weather was amazing the entire time we were there which allowed us to fully enjoy the home, the beach, the village and the area. I would highly recommend your spot to anyone!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy that you appreciated and enjoyed your time in our home and in Nicaragua! It seems you have seen a lot during your stay! Thanks a lot for writing this review and I would be glad to have you again in the house one day!
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Nicaragua is the new Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed in this perfect beachfront, 3 bedroom house for 2 weeks. If you love local Hawaii (vs. tourist Hawaii) you will love this home and the small fishing community of Las Penitas. Our kids took surfing lessons with Patrick and Antonio (2 well known surf locals). Patrick speaks English and both were fantastic with our kids and both teachers were amazing surfers in their own right. Our kids also took Spanish lessons with Carla who can be found at the local Pizza restaurant. Abel and Socoro the house managers were excellent and quick to respond to even our smallest requests. The house is perfectly located between great restaurants and right in front of a little market. We also fell in love with 2 local dogs (Lola and Noname) who adopted us. We enjoyed the house, the people, the community and the warm waters.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this nice and helpful comment. We are in the house right now and Abel told us that you were a really nice family with a lot of love for street dogs.. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay and I hope you also had a good time in Brasil!
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Nicaragua trip

  • 4 of 5

We stayed three very enjoyable weeks in this comfortable beach house - "we" being two Canadian couples.

We were the first renters to also have access to the breezy attractive second floor bedroom. We found the kitchen facilities complete enough for our needs and loved the covered "breezeway". The beach was a big attraction of course and we made good use of the boogie boards.

We soon got into a routine. First a sunrise walk on the beach often to the estuary then made breakfast followed by a couple of swims then lunch and siestas - it was hot in the afternoon - 35 to 37 degrees but with a steady breeze and low humidity. Happy hour watching the sunset from the upper balcony then we would eat out at one of the surprisingly good modest restaurants. There were five within a 10 minute walk - our favourites were El Faro, Baca de Oro and a pizza place, all toward the end of the road.

A couple of times a week we caught the chicken bus into Leon to look around and buy our supplies (we liked Colonia near the basketball courts) then hire a taxi for the twenty minute return trip.

Abel and Sorocco were very helpful and attentive. Sorocco prepared a tasty fish dinner and served it to us at the casa.

The only problem was the water pump which could be noisy and unpredictable. During the middle of the night there would be a few annoying "ka thunks" so we had Abel show us how to use the cistern which bypassed the pump. No problem then.

We would lake to thank the previous owners, Lisa and Stefan, for their kind assistance and advice.

In short, this was a good value and a very pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Penitas beach front

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was a fun get away from busy , dustyLeon. The rental was as described online. This is basically a mostly outdoor living set up. Everything is open to the elements of heat, wind, no wind, bugs and the music of many neighbors . The bedrooms did have fans, thank goodness, but for some reason the ocean breezes did not make it through, which made sleeping almost unbearable when the electricity went out. This part of nicaragua is very very hot in January but the home provided a nice respite from the sun. The surf was great and the boogie boards provided were well used. The amount of security measures and the area outside the rental were a little unsettling but we had no issues while we were there. Overall , a great place to read a book or two and get away from technology. Bring food supplies with you since there's really only a few restaurants. This is a great rental for the budget traveller.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hotelito Oasis
Hotel Suyapa Beach
Campestre Habana
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Hotelito Oasis
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Suyapa Beach Hotel
Car: not necessary

Explore Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve, minutes from the house... enjoy excellent surfing and swimming in the warm Pacific waters out your front door. Las Penitas is a small fishing village where, most days, you don't have to share the beach with more than a couple of other people! Cook your own meals in the well-equipped kitchen, or venture out to one of the local restaurants for a delicious, inexpensive meal and sunset view.

There are 5 Volcanoes to hike in the surrounding area, and many organized tour operators to choose from, in the nearby city of Leon (a 25 minute bus ride from the beach). Take walking tours of the churches, museums, murals, and ruins, and enjoy the cobblestone streets. friendly people, and wide selection of excellent restaurants and cafes and clubs in Leon city. Purchase the crafts and artesania in Leon's central square, or shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, etc in the covered market closeby. This area is a perfect blend of experiences.... enjoy the activity and sights of the city, and return to the quiet relaxation and beauty of the beach house!


Rates & Availability

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high season
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Mid season
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

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cleaning fee $23

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