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Susanne Ruckgaber

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

OCEANFRONT HOME - northern Nicaragua, with the volcanoes and the surf!

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Nicaragua House Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Susanne Ruckgaber (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish

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.


based on 25 traveler reviews

OCEANFRONT HOME - northern Nicaragua, with the volcanoes and the surf!
average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews

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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Outstanding beach house

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this property to anyone travelling to Les Penitas. Clean, comfortable, well equipped large kitchen, spacious bedrooms and beautiful garden. Situated a moments walk from the beach, and minutes away from local restaurants we found it ideal. Caretakers Abel and Sirocco were lovely and very attentive. Check out the Lazy Turtle, Coco Surf School and Hotel Suyapa for quality food and surfing instruction. Thank you Susanne for a wonderful stay. Michael and Mia.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michael, I´m really glad that you enjoyed your stay with your daughter in our house. Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this review!
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Jordan, Ontario, Canada

Location, Location, Location!

  • 4 of 5

First let me qualify this review. We were the last to rent from the previous owners. It is now under new management. It is Right on the beach central to all the restaurants and across the street from a cantina. Getting into Leon was extremely easy. The locals are very friendly. The rental is very clean. The caretakers were very pleasant but spoke minimal English. Whenever you needed anything they were very helpful. The one downfall is that you must go outside of your bedroom to go to the outside washroom. In the middle if the night for a woman, that is a little unnerving. There were water supply issues but being very resourceful and playing with all the red knobs, we got the water flowing. The previous owner failed to mention that there is no hot water or that the bathrooms were outside! When you shower do it at the end of the day as the water has had a chance to warm up! Otherwise very refreshing lol I feel it was a little overpriced for what you received but a pleasant experience just the same.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Diane, thanks for taking the time to review your stay! We are the new owners and you´re right, that it should be mentioned that there´s no hot water and the bathrooms are outside. We already changed this in the announcement. We are also working in getting prepared the upper floor as well, where there is a bathroom inside. So if you come back one day I think you will love this part of the house.
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New York, USA

Beautiful, Comfortable Relaxing Home and Vaca in Las Penitas

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation! 2 weeks just wasn't enough... the home was comfortable, secure, beautiful and relaxing. Perfect central location: Walking distance to everything in the area. Convenience store across the street was perfect for nights that we didn't want to eat at a restaurant and decided to cook at the house. Private, serene paradise. The caretakers and homeowners were so awesome and helpful. Busline and taxi is ultra-cheap and easy to access if you want to venture outside of the immediate area. People are so friendly, local and international..... I'll be back soon!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to let us know that your stay in our home was so great, Cerri! We try hard to make things go smoothly and happily, and we are always glad to learn about a guest's experience! We hope to have you at the house again sometime soon!
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Michigan, USA

Wonderful Surfing, Great People, and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Nicaragua was a beautiful country, it was more than I could have even imagined. Las Penitas is a location that my husband and I would love to return to year after year. In the short time that my husband and I were in Las Penitas we were able to meet wonderful people- "what a great community". Wonderful surfing, restaurants, and everything was within walking distance. We loved everything about the house and the environment around us. Thanks for the great time. Nicaragua is a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, Beth... Nicaragua IS very special, isn't it! And "our" little village is the perfect place to relax, surf, swim ... to escape the "real" world! I'm so glad you had fun and really appreciated your time there! Thanks for letting us know that your experience was great.
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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

Leon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid season
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
High season
Nov 2 2016 - Dec 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
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
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

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $25

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Nicaragua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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:
  • 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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