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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 nights


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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

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 Las Peñitas

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.


Las Peñitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
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
  • 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


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CASA DEL MAR - beautiful oceanfront house in the center of Las Peñitas
average rating of 4.84375 based on 32 reviews

Awesome house

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house, in a great location right on the beach. Very private yet open to the ocean. Took ourselves minute to get the way of life here right but as soon as we Las penitas is an excellent town and an easy jump to leon and more. Some of the grandest sunsets I've ever seen.

Will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from Casa Del Mar three days ago. Loved the spot, loved the house, the town was unique and safe. The house was well equipped, tastefully decorated, and conveniently located.

We made a few meals at the house and ate out quite a bit at the wide variety of small restaurants scattered along the main road.

The ride into Leon was easy via the Chicken Bus and finding a cab back was just as easy (we spoke no spanish). The upstairs large bedroom is roomy and has a wonderful beach breeze almost all the time.

We took surfing lessons from Roger at Pelican Surf just a short walk down the beach, I highly recommend him (they aren't well off and really appreciated the few items of clothing we left behind for him and his wife, they have a 2 yr old son as well that could use a few things). Abel and Sorocco are very friendly and take good care of the place every other day or so. Don't hesitate to ask for something if you notice something is missing, they are glad to help. We didn't find the store across the road to be overly expensive, however it is very basic.

The waves are large yes, but we didn't find there to be a huge undertow and the water is quite shallow for a while making it easy to play in the surf while keeping your feet on the ground for safety.

April is HOT HOT HOT....didn't get below 40 degrees the whole time (not complaining, just an observation).

Barca De Oro, Simple Beach, Sua, and Playa Roca were all places we tried for food and liked every single one for different reasons.

We took the bus into town to meet up with Quetzaltrekkers for a Sunset Hike of Volcan Telica....would highly recommend this group as they give away most of their profits to the less fortunate in Leon.

We also had Abel pick up food for us because our arrival time would have made it impossible to get anything, he was happy to pick up anything we needed and had the fridge nice and full for our arrival.

We definitely recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for writing this detailed and helpful review. I´m very glad that you enjoyed your stay and it was very nice to talk to you!
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Great property & location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 6 nights in March 2017. This was our second time at this house and we truly enjoyed every day. The location couldn't be better, right on the beach, close to a few local restaurants (there's not many in the entire town). Will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Francine, thanks for taking the time to write this nice review and it will be a pleasure to have you back next year!
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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: December 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: December 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: December 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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Nearest Barpub
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $26.99

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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