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Casa De Mono-Ocean View, Private Pool, Best Sunsets, Walk to Surf, Secluded

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Welcome to Casa De Mono (Monkey House) a secluded, relaxing, ocean view get-away in an eco-friendly community. Our home overlooks the best beaches in Nicaragua; Playa Maderas, Playones & Playa Majagual. Walk to the beach through the private nature path and it’ll take you about 20 minutes. If you want to hit the surf quicker and don’t feel like walking, the drive is about 3-5 minutes. Casa de Mono has a wonderful ocean view and positioned for maximum privacy, you won't see or hear any neighbors.

Watch amazing sunsets and listen to the waves. Our home blends into the natural, tropical surroundings, has a really cool outdoor natural stone shower and a private pool - no sharing! You’ll wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and exotic birds and will see them throughout the day. After hanging out at the beach or surfing all day, have drinks or dinner on the covered outdoor dining patio. Casa de Mono is a unique custom home that was designed using green building techniques, local hardwoods and local stone.

**House Details**

Our Casa sleeps 4 people in two bedrooms, both with queen-size beds (linens included). There is a fully equipped kitchen, a gas BBQ, a private pool, wireless Internet, a covered patio and an outdoor shower. We have a solar system that warms the water and a battery back-up system that will keep the drinks in the refrigerator cold and the lights on when the local power goes out.

Living room has good size flat screen TV with 150+ movies.

Concierge is included. They will escort you to our home and give you lots of information about the area. They will help book excursions and any activity you might need. We have maid service and 24-hour security.

Rental of a 4X4 vehicle is a must.

**Where we're located**

Our house is in the progressive eco-friendly community of Balcones de Majagual. The community is located just 30 miles from the Costa Rican border and about 20 minutes north of San Juan Del Sur where you can find plenty of nightlife, restaurants and shopping.

Balcones de Majagual was built within a protected forest reserve and is a sister development from the creators of Morgan's Rock. We are just steps from the best beaches of Playa Maderas, Playones, and Majagual. We have monkeys, exotic birds, fascinating jungle creatures, sea turtles, great surf breaks, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and the best sunsets.

**San Juan Del Sur**

Our Casa is about a 20 minute drive to the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur where you can find markets, restaurants and bars. The town is also a launch off spot for many adventures such as turtle viewing at La Flor, Volcano expeditions, Zip-line excursions, ATV rentals, Sport fishing and much more. Of course, a good meal or sampling the local Rum with family and friends while overlooking the bay is another good reason to visit San Juan Del Sur.


Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will love the wide variety of beautiful birds and fascinating jungle creatures. One of our favorite things to do is to take the short trip to La Flor to see the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles laying eggs and their hatchlings emerging from their nests and heading out to sea. Please go with a guide and don’t step on them! There are plenty of monkeys in the trees and exotic birds that you’ll see regularly. Other wildlife in the area include Sloths, Ocelots, Marguays, Coatimundi and more… these may be more difficult to spot.


We’re located on some of the best beaches in Nicaragua. Playa Maderas is one of Nicaragua’s best, consistent surf breaks. Majagual is a calm beach that is great for swimming. You can even rent surfboards or boogie boards at the beach and can buy a snack or a cold beer. Playa Marsella is a nice beach that is a short 10 minute drive south. Surf by day or check out the restaurants. It’s a nice alternative to driving to San Juan Del Sur.

Keywords: Ocean View, pool, private, beach, modern, outdoor shower, Surfing, Maderas

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Carol

Casa De Mono is owned by a Dave, Carol and Ed. All 3 of us live in Southern California. We work quite a bit and enjoy traveling when we're able to get away. Our style is somewhat adventurous, we like to go to exotic places and try different things. We hope to spend more time in Nicaragua as we get older and work less.

Carol purchased this house in 2008

Why Carol chose San Juan del Sur

When we arrived in Nicaragua, we stayed in San Juan Del Sur and loved it. The Nicaraguan people were wonderful and the expats were cool and very interesting - I can see why they never leave. After looking at land in various places, we picked our area 'Balcones de Majagual' because the beaches were so beautiful and secluded. In addition, the developers believed in preserving nature and building in a way that uses local, sustainable woods and building materials. We were sold on it, bought a lot and decided to build a custom home. Our home, Casa De Mono, was finished at the end of 2008. At Casa De Mono, you get lots of nature, the best beaches in Nicaragua, yet are still close enough to the nightlife of San Juan Del Sur - about a 20 minute drive.

What makes this house unique

Our house is one of the most private in our community and positioned so you won't see or hear the neighbors. We have a very nice private infinity pool and GREAT outdoor space. We're one of the closest to the beach as well. An easy 15 minute walk down the private nature path. The drive is just a few minutes.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Nov 2009
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San Juan del Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
outdoor shower, BBQ . Bring your own blue tooth speaker and music


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Casa De Mono-Ocean View, Private Pool, Best Sunsets, Walk to Surf, Secluded
average rating of 4.964286 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful, tranquil vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderful and location superb! My husband and I have just spent a relaxing week at Casa de Mono. Walks on the beach and lazy afternoons reading by the pool. Winds prohibited our sailing day but really can’t complain- we were forced to spend another day in the confines of paradise. Sad to say adios!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shawn, I'm so glad you were both able to relax and chill out at Casa de Mono! It's perfect for lazy beach days that's for sure.. Take care and hope to have you back someday :). Gracias, Carol
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  • 5 of 5

What an incredible property! They have done everything right in the whole of Balcones de Majagual. We stayed at Casa Tranquila but I would go back to try out every place in the complex. They all look incredible and unique. This was our first stop on our first visit to Nicaragua and it exceeded all expectations. We rented our 4x4 from the airport in Managua and had Francisco drive us to SJDS to meet Elsi. I cannot give enough praise to either of them. Francisco was a great driver and tour guide. We continued to hire him for other activities and tours after our initial meeting and would highly recommend to anyone else do the same. Elsi was incredibly helpful upon arrival. It was after dark by the time we arrived to meet her and she sorted us out with groceries and delicious food to take back to the house and made every effort to ensure we were comfortably settled in. We all fell in love with Nicaragua, and Balcones de Majagual as an introduction certainly laid the groundwork. We felt safe but never intruded upon. There was always a nice breeze so the biting bugs were kept at bay. It does take a bit of uphill effort in a 4X4 to get there but the payoff far exceeds that effort. We had great times and delicious food on the nearby beaches and just as great times cooking for ourselves at the casa. We would (and will) return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning Property, simply wonderful staff. Will be back

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely LOVED this property!!! The hosts/staff were so gracious and welcoming. First time to Nica, previously was a Costa Rican girl, but this property and the people were absolutely amazing. Watched the monkeys in the evening and as a previous poster said, there had to be 15-20. I cannot say enough good things about this property. View excellent, drive in SO much fun and the quiet was such a nice surprise. Thank you for having me, and I will certainly be back soon :-)


  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That’s music to my ears! I love when guests enjoy our Casa and all that Nicaragua has to offer, including our wonderful staff. I’m so glad you enjoyed the trip Nikki, come back and visit again, the monkeys will be waiting.. Abrazos, Carol
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Sunnyvale, CA

Amazing outdoor living experience

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying in Casa De Mono. Every part of the house has a view and we thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor living experience. The infinity pool was great and our kids had a blast. The hike down to the beach wasn't bad at all and the beach is beautiful. The kitchen had all the basics and having laundry in the house was a big plus. Gabriel was a lovely host and I was impressed she stopped by in person to check in on us. Overall I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Divya, I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your trip to Nica and enjoyed Casa de Mono! Thank you for the nice review. Have a wonderful 2018 and come back and visit anytime. Take care, Carol
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Naperville, IL

Hidden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Casa de Mono! It was a beautiful experience and a spring break trip like nothing we've ever experienced. Exciting and relaxing in a completely different way from typical vacations. We loved the open air living concept. March was a great time to visit - weather was perfect and insects were minimal. We loved hearing and seeing the howler monkeys! The beach for the community is breathtaking! We had the beach to ourselves most of the time. The staff was kind and courteous. We couldn't have asked for anything more!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi guys, that is wonderful that you enjoyed your stay!! Nothing better than hearing from happy guests :). Yes, that beach.. it's lovely. Thanks for the review and come back and visit paradise again soon. Carol
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It is a beautiful place. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at mono casa for three nights and did not venture out by car. Not easy to navigate the roads. The beach was pretty. Not an easy walk to the beach with flip flops. Fun to watch movies in the living room. The layout of mono casa is amazing. I highly recommend massages by the pool.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anne, I'm glad you enjoyed Casa de Mono :).
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El Colibri -- CLOSED
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El Timon
Good local food, beachfront and nice setting
Da Flying Frog Zipline tour
Fun and offers great views of the bay
Pan De Vida
Great little bakery in town. Banana bread, focaccia bread, other oven baked goods.
Big wave Dave's
Nice expat bar, good bar food. Bands on some nights.
Bar Restaurant Josseline
Great local food on the beachfront.
Mango Rosa Nicaragua
Good vibe and place to watch sports, on the road to Marsella beach.
Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Maderas, Majagual, Playones
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

**Standard Rate includes High Season: Jan 7, 2016 through May 14, 2016
**Ask about October specials
**50% deposit to confirm, 50% due 3 weeks prior to arrival

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.