2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large porches/ranchos, beach, trees, shade, peaceful.
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About Janelle Hansen
I recently retired after working for the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management as a Park Ranger. I have always sought the path less traveled.
Janelle Hansen purchased this House in 2016
Why Janelle Hansen chose San Diego
I retired and spent the first year traveling. After Spending 3 months in Indonesia surfing some phenomenal waves, I ended up at Los Cordones. No crowds, good surf, and had the vibe I was looking for.
What makes this House unique
1 hour to the airport, less than 1 minute to untrammeled beaches, numerous uncrowded surf breaks, in the trees, a wonderful Eco Lodge next door, good fishing, birding, and perfect hammock time.
Check-out: 2:00 PM
Have a great time!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Comfortable House, Great Beach and Location
This was our third visit to Finca del Mar and our first stay at El Encanto and it did not disappoint. Well appointed and comfortable inside, beds really nice with great decks to relax in both the front and back. Two minute walk to both the beach and Los Cardones Ecolodge makes it a great location. As with previous visits we were well taken care of by Janelle. We would definitely return.
Lovely, Spacious, Shady Bungalow a minute's walk to the beach
The pictures don't quite do this special home justice! Beautiful, impeccably clean, and thoughtfully built, we were really impressed by the El Encanto's offerings--both indoors and out. Large & comfortable beds with good linens, cold and hot water, a well-stocked kitchen with all the gadgets, games and books, hammocks and a bbq grill, fans, good lighting....this house has it all! The property description as written in the rental listing is very accurate and comprehensive.
Thanks for the nice review Kat. I do want to forewarn folks that there is construction next door, which should be finished in a few months.
Comfortable and convenient
Casa Encanto is a great place to enjoy Los Cardones. It was cool at night and you can hear the surf. The kitchen is a great space to cook and we took most of our meals in the house. The lodge is a 2 minute walk. Mostly we surfed. The house was a comfortable retreat every day as we came back exhausted. The owner has put in many nice touches that give it a feeling of home and there are ceiling fans throughout. Of course, Janelle always does a great job of making sure guests are happy. We will definitely stay here again.
Amazing Home, Hosts & Location. Highly Recommend
We absolutely loved our stay at Casa En Canto and highly recommend staying in this beautiful home and truly welcoming community. Casa En Canto far exceeded our expectations, the pictures do not do justice to how great this vacation home really is, and the support we received from host Janelle was outstanding! The home has two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed and two on-suite showers/bathrooms, which made it incredibly smooth to share with another family. The best part was the massive open deck space, with a plethora of hammocks and hang out space! It felt like a whole additional home. It worked out really beautifully to be walking distance to the surf, and to the Eco-Lodge Los Cardonnes. We loved the option to take part in the amenities & activities the lodge had to offer, as well as engaging with their community of locals, travellers and volunteers, but we also LOVED having our own home to cook, relax and retreat to with our families. The perfect balance.
We were two families travelling together with 3 little ones, a 3 month old baby, 1 year old and 3 year old. Seasoned dirt-bag travellers use to planning on the fly and roughing it, this was certainly a new way of travelling for us, Janelle made us feel so good about our decision to travel to Finca Del Mar with our kids and supported us throughout our stay from start to finish. She truly is devoted to her role and is 100% there for you to answer any questions and make any arrangements needed to improve your trip.
Finca Del Mar is a remote area and there are no villages, towns or grocery stores near by, which gives it such a peaceful quality and makes you feel like you are part of something really special & unique. We stayed for 2 weeks and although we had everything we needed, we also craved to see a little more of Nicaraguan landscape, culture, & markets etc, so Janelle arranged a van & driver for us to Granada for a couple days and it worked out to be a fantastic little side trip!
Much gratitude for everything Janelle. We hope our paths cross again.
Super relaxing stay with empty surf
Casa Encanto has everything you need for a comfortable stay in Nicaragua. Kitchen had all the right stuff to cook my own meals, but Los Cardones restaurant is just steps away as well. The house is super clean, spacious, and the breeze and ceiling fans kept it a nice temp at any time of the day. The surf out front is totally empty most of the time. You can also walk to several other spots from the house. Great vacation!
Thanks, Very glad you enjoyed it! I followed you by a day and thanks for taking care of the house. (was hoping to cross paths, but we missed our connection in ATL) I brought a bunch of stuff.... rice cooker, new Calphalone frying pans, new toaster, etc. The waves are totally empty now, just my friend and I - very nice! Totally relaxing, peace and quiet, and surf.
Just as the picture says!
Not often is a place online exactly what it boasts. Pictures can be deceiving, as can descriptions. This house was exactly what it said it was. Beautiful. Clean. Peaceful. My family and I stayed here for two weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We have three very young children, and even though it was only two bedrooms, it worked well. The rooms have enough space for pack n plays, there were ceiling fans and standing fans so even in the warm weather usually everyone was able to nap! It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the beach is just a very short walk away, and the expansive sand and inviting ocean are breath taking. The house has a fully stocked kitchen which meant we could eat in when we wanted to. But when we didn't, the restaurant was very close and delicious. Another amazing gem was Janelle. Unlike many other houses you can rent, you are not simply left at this house to figure out how everything works. She is there to make sure you have everything you need-from water, to how to get around, to transportation to and from the airport, to brainstorming amazing things to do in the area. (One thing-we did come in the rainy season, and that just meant mosquitoes. So bring your bug spray if you come in June!)
Finca Del Mar is located 1 mile south of the small village of San Diego. Within 3/4 mile north on the beach is Mind The Gap restaurant and hostel, and Gran Pacifica Resort.