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James Hearn

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Colonial style beachfront mansion on Nicaragua's best surfing beach.

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

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Rivas House Rental Photos and Description

5ba/5br beachfront home on Panga Drops surf break. 50ft surf view infinity pool.

50ft infinity swimming pool perfectly positioned to watch world class surf action at the Panga Drops surf break directly out front. Ample upwind openings, deep terraces on southern elevations and the biggest balcony along the beachfront give for incredible spaces to live, lounge and luxuriate.

***The Accommodation***

The master suite is downstairs, there are three further bedrooms upstairs and a fifth bedroom in stand alone casita . Cost for the main house is $650/nt for up to 8 guests, the studio (maximum occupancy two) rents separately for an additional fee of $100/nt. Total of 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10) with main house and studio combined. The master bedroom has a king size bed. The remaining four bedrooms each have a pair of XL twins or a king bed as per guest's requirement. Full width bi-fold doors give incredible ocean and surf break views from the living/ dining area and kitchen. Southern elevations have deep to shade keep the sun out of the house and create fresh covered terraces to relax by the pool and enjoy the views. Top quality, hand made furniture throughout.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
James Hearn (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish


based on 5 traveler reviews

Colonial style beachfront mansion on Nicaragua's best surfing beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Friends in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

First off, let me say the the guys who manage the property are fantastic to deal with. Not only did the put up with literally over 100 emails between the back and forth we had, they responded very quickly to every one! They were able to arrange transportation and activities and accommodate our many changes to the itinerary we had leading up the the trip and during it (we had 10 people staying in Ft. Walker and another 4 in another house close by). On top of that, the staff who cooked and kept the house beautiful while we were there, was incredibly friendly and helpful.

The house is just like the photos, in fact the photos don't even do it justice. It is beautiful. Our group loved the place and I was very pleased since I am the only one of the 14 who had previously been to Nicaragua. So, I was very happy to hear how much everyone loved the place and the trip as a whole (made easy by the excursions arranged by the property managers). We had massages, yoga, ATVs, Volcano tours, zip lines, day trip to Granada, a catamaran cruise, played gold and took surf lessons. As a surfer, I loved the proximity to Pangas and Colorados and surfed multiple times everyday. We will definitely be back to one of the properties if not this one.

This place is great for larger groups, couples, families, whatever!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surpassed my wildest dreams!

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us flew to Nicaragua to celebrate my 40th birthday. It will be a trip that I never forget! From the moment we stepped off the plane, we were taken care of. We had several requests throughout our stay - from special meals, a cake, surf lessons, wine runs, boogie boards, to a wonderful day trip - everything was taken care of. The service was something I had never experienced before in all of my travels. We were truly spoiled.

The house is spectacular! Frankly, the pictures don't do it justice. The location is amazing - for those who can't just sit still and enjoy the beautiful pool and ocean just steps away, the small village is an hour's walk along the sand, or you can hike up the hill down the beach. But the best part, for me, was the cooking!!! The meals were delicious! We had something different every day for seven straight days! And it was all wonderful!! We cannot recommend this place enough! I cannot wait to go back... but next time, we'll stay longer! Thank you so much for making my 40th celebration so special!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our 11 member family of three generations celebrated Thanksgiving at this magnificent home. We were pampered and cared for by the staff. Wonderful meals, mega trips by various Nicaragua 365 staff to support us - ice, surf lessons, booze, etc, etc. Anything we needed, they were there to assist.

Getting that kind of service in such a remote part of the world was amazing!

We can't recommend this beautiful home enough. The teen agers were either in the pool, in the ocean or hiking. The adults sat, swam, hiked, drank and watched the kids, the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and the incredible waves.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large, well-designed oceanfront home with direct access to surf

  • 5 of 5

I helped coordinate a 10 day stay with 10 friends at Fort Walker. The group was a mix of couples and individuals, surfers and non-surfers. The home's configuration of bedrooms/bathrooms and suites were a perfect solution. The living areas are incredibly spacious and inviting- ideal for indoor/outdoor living. The location can't be beat for surfers or beach-lovers. For those afraid of waves (which this beach definitely has), the pool is a perfect alternative. Coordinating transfers for the group was a breeze- even multiple trips to Managua and a border crossing to Costa Rica! The staff that looks after the home provide incredible, friendly hospitality. We chose to have our entire stay catered and found the quality of food to be excellent.

If you are looking for a large, well-designed oceanfront home with direct access to surf that accommodates a big group of discerning travelers this is an excellent choice.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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incredible stay

  • 5 of 5

my wife and I brought our 2month old there and we were the first guests to stay in this house. it was amazing. great attention to detail on the construction, nice open-aired layout, great view of panga drops, sturdy wifi, and magnificent pool just a few feet from the high-tide line. more than that, however, was the attentiveness of the staff. Gloria kept the house tidy and cooked great meals for us every day, and in particular David, Nelson and James were jonny-on-the-spot with attending to our concerns/scares (1 tsunami warning, 2 small quakes, and my baby's first cold...they immediately got us to an american doctor 20mins away). potential improvements will probably come over time as the house is more used---could have used a few more towels, some standardized grocery stocking (to avoid costly catering or car rental), and a shaded wading area in the pool. all in all our group had a great stay and would go back and recommend to others---it's the nicest house on a really nice beach. thanks guys!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Managua (MGA)
Nearest Beach
Playa Iguana
Car: not necessary


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Rivas House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

50% and signed agreement to confirm dates. Balance 30 days before arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rivas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private to second suite.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shared between junior suites #3 and #4.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , For kitchen, downstairs communal areas.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Private to casita studio.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite is downstairs. Direct swimming pool access!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Beds can be used together as a king OR apart as two twins.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Beds can be used together as a king or apart as two twins.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Beds can be used together as a king or apart as two twins.
    Casita Studio (bedroom 5) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Fully self contained unit with 1x king or 2x twins.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Great for families, multi family groups or groups of surfers! Get in touch and we look forward to being of assistance in planning your perfect Nicaraguan adventure!

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