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Casa De Mono-Ocean View, Cool Sunsets, Walk to Surf, Private!

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Great outdoor living with private pool

Great outdoor living with private pool Beautiful sunsets The pool is lovely at night Open concept, relaxing and inviting Our private pool and outdoor space is very romantic Beautiful Nicaraguan sunset from our home, see them everyday! We walked out the front door and this little guy/gal was having a snack Another sunset--in the rain Great space to do yoga Afternoon view Fully equipped kitchen Living Room, plenty of movies, books, games Bedroom 2 view to jungle and ocean Bedroom 1 with both views, comfortable beds and great place to wake up to Natural stone outdoor shower sunset on the beach walk along the beach Another great beach morning Heading back from Playa Maderas-surfing, fishing We spotted 2 Pygmy owls in tree as we were hanging out in the pool Sloth. Hard to spot and pretty rare sighting. In big tree at community entrance Beach dog, healthy and happy to hang with us

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Last updated: 04/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

San Juan Del Sur house description

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 15 minutes. If you want to hit the surf quicker and don’t feel like walking, the drive is about 2 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 its own pool. 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.

After a long day at the beach, watch a movie on the flat screen TV in our comfortable living room. You can plug in your iPod and listen to your favorite tunes as we have good quality docking stations.

Also included is concierge who will escort you to our home and give you information about the area. She can assist with info our tours and is available throuch your stay. 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.

**Wildlife**
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.

**Beaches**
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

Property Type

  • 1800 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper
          • Staff
          • Concierge

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Since our home and community are quite raw and natural, it's best suited for kids about 7 or 8 and up. There are lots of areas where a little one may fall, tumble....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Alternative Lifestyle

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Toaster
          • Freezer
          • Kitchen
          • Stove
          • Microwave
          • Refrigerator

          Amenities

          • Parking
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • iPod Stereo Docking Station, outdoor shower, BBQ

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • Video Library
              • Books
              • Games
              • Television

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access
              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All

                  Location & View

                      • Ocean View

                      Car

                      • Recommended
                      • Necessary

                      Activities

                      • Kayaking
                      • Swimming
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Surf Fishing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Hiking
                      • Surfing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Sailing
                      • Fishing
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Volcano
                      • Restaurants
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Shelling
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Boating
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • All reviews are true! Stunning, private and very comfortable designer home

                        All reviews are true! Stunning, private and very comfortable designer home

                        • Guest Louise D.
                        • Date of stay 03/15/14
                        • Review Submitted 03/23/14
                        We totally agree with all reviewers. Beforehand we were a little worried if staying in the middle of nowhere as two women would be the smartest thing, but no worries here. Just go, get a 4WD and enjoy! The house and the community is stunning and felt safe. Tons of birds, great rough roads and very private. We checked out some of the other homes in the community and found Casa Mono to be the most appealing due to the large open air set-up and great view from the infinity pool. Gabby at Re:Max is the best and emailing with Carol to set up a stay in short notice was a breeze. We wholeheartedly recommend this home and Nicaragua to all our friends. It's a wonderful and beautiful country with super friendly people and adventures. Gabby connected us with Scott, our patient surf instructor/photographer, great guy! Playa Remanso is perfect and super quiet for beginners. When you like horse riding go on a ride through beautiful with Rancho Chilamante: http://ranchochilamate.com. We'll be back!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, age 55+.

                        Manager response: Yay! I'm so glad you had a great time Louise, nothing makes me happier than when our guests enjoy our home and Nicaragua like we do. How fun you tried surfing :). And yes Gabby is the best and takes care of our guests very well. I appreciate the wonderful review, come back and visit sometime. Take care. Gracias, Carol

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                      • Sunsets, Stars, Hikes and Great Meals-all while overlooking the Ocean!!!

                        Sunsets, Stars, Hikes and Great Meals-all while overlooking the Ocean!!!

                        • Guest CPS (Toronto, Ontario)
                        • Date of stay 02/05/13
                        • Review Submitted 02/20/13
                        Where to begin on such an amzing expereince? Lets start with our introduction to San Juan Del Sur. This town is super laid back, easy to drive around, impossible to get lost! We were introduced to the fish market which is at the end of the beach where the shipping and fishing boats are. WOW, anything you want for next to nothing. Then we loaded up at one of the MANY bakeries in and around town. Produce can be purchased at a little market in town or off one of the many trucks driving around with a loud speaker. We then proceeded to the grocery store " Pali" which is basically at the dirt road that leads you to Casa De Mono. Finally, all loaded up with food, fish, and all the supplies to enjoy some great meals while relaxing. From the grocery store, it is about a 15min 4x4 ride to the house. You will pass a zip line adventure on the right within the first few hundred yards. 16 zip lines through the tress with the howler monkeys. Alas, we have arrived! We enter the door to the property.......speechless. This house is perfectly situated on the hills, with the most amazing view of the ocean! The focal point is the outdoor living space with the infiniti pool. I now realized that I am going to be spending the next 5 days in the most practical outdoor living space designed. There is a sheltered area to dine, sit and read. Then you have the pool to enjoy the sun and lounge around. Then, i slide open a wall that is on a track. KITCHEN! The kitchen is now part of the outdoor living space and I feel like I shoulkd be on TV cooking outdoors in this paradise. The two bedrooms are huge, both with full bathrooms. If you want a hot shower, wait until 5pm so the solar heats it up. I prefered the morning with room temperature as it gets very warm during the day. Another building with a TV ( which was never turned on) couch and some great board games. There is nothing more I need for the next 5 days. The beach is an easy walk down the dirt road and is a must to go to for sunsets. You will run into howler monkeys at some point. Sit down and watch them, they are adorable. Once the sunsets and you are back at Casa De Mono, turn out all the lights. Stare up........the most amazing stars I have seen. I have been to 5 continents and over 30 countries. The pool was cleaned daily, the manager of these properties always asked if there was anything we needed when we went into town. We were well taken care of, nothing more we needed!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers.

                        Manager response: Hi Colin, I'm happy you enjoyed your stay.. and yes, the stars at night are the best. One of our favorite things at night, turn out all the lights and look at the stars. Once again, glad you enjoyed and come back and visit Nicaragua soon. Carol, Dave & Ed

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                      • All The Raves Are True!

                        All The Raves Are True!

                        • Guest nickandnora (Culver City, California)
                        • Date of stay 01/29/13
                        • Review Submitted 02/12/13
                        There is not much I can add to the other reviews- Everything they say is true! We were there for eight days, didn't want to leave and can’t wait to go back. And as great as the pictures are, it is even better than that. The house itself is perfect. Not too big, not too small, super-comfortable, very smartly laid out, with the indoor/outdoor feeling that is integral to the Central American experience. And beautifully designed and appointed. (the owners are to be commended for doing such a smart and wonderful job). We loved everything about it. Coffee in the morning watching the clouds, sitting in the pool watching the butterflies, sipping wine under amazingly starry skies. Of course we spent long wonderful days at the beaches, surfing, body-surfing, exploring, taking hundreds of pictures. Found an outstanding surf instructor, Norwin, at the shop in town called Arena Caliente, where the also have the best selection of boards to rent. (same price everywhere- $10/day- you can rent at the beach at Playa Maderes but not at Playa Remanso ) Although we fixed dinner at the house a lot (great grill) we also had very good meals at restaurants nearby and in town (lobster everywhere!) . Our favorite place might be the deceptively simple looking Rancho Las Marias, on the road to town, where we had the best Arroz con Camarones imaginable and outstanding Lobster al Ajillo. Binoculars are strongly suggested; birds, monkeys, beautiful vistas- all from the comfort of the shady, poolside veranda. Equalling entrancing are the sounds of the dozens of song-birds, parrots, monkeys and the breeze through the graceful flowering trees. We saw and heard ZERO mosquitos. I got a only a few bites of some kind, unlike the hundreds (literally) I've gotten in Panama and Belize. I should briefly mention that we also spent 3 days in Grenada at the start of our trip and a day in Managua at the end and had a great time everywhere. In our brief experience, Nicaragua is a wonderful, vibrant country of wonderful surprises, great food and super friendly people.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.

                        Manager response: Hi guys, We're glad you enjoyed Nicaragua and Casa de Mono!! Thanks for the compliments on the house :). Yes, Maria's is one of our favorite restaurants as well, always a must on the trip. Thanks again for the nice words and come back and visit us again. Hasta Lluego, Carol, Dave & Ed

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                      • Even better than the pictures!

                        Even better than the pictures!

                        • Guest Marissa (Montreal, Canada)
                        • Date of stay 01/09/13
                        • Review Submitted 01/25/13
                        My husband and I and another couple were at Casa de Mono for a week in January and absolutely loved it! We highly recommend it and hope to go back one day. We had been in Nicaragua for a week already visiting Granada and Ometepe Island, so when we reached this piece of paradise we felt like we were in heaven! The house is absolutely beautiful, and the beaches were really quiet and we always got a spot in the shade even though there were only a few. We would hang out at the house in the morning to enjoy the pool and eat, then head down to the beach in the afternoon, often until sunset. We rented boogie boards at Playa Maderas (5$ a day. They let us take them for 3 days if we left 1 piece of ID) to enjoy the waves at the beach.We had eaten out so much in our first week we just stocked up on groceries and ate at home while we were at the house, so we could enjoy the space as much as possible. We did grab some incredible nachos and fish tacos when we returned the boogie boards to playa maderas though. Worth a visit to check out the surfer scene. In San Juan del Sur, the "Pan de Vida" bakery is great, and going to the fish market early in the morning is really worth it to get fresh, affordable fish. A stroll through the market is a nice colorful experience and a good spot to get fruit and veggies. At the house, the setup is perfect. we loved the open kitchen and dining area, and there was a great collection of movies, books and games for entertainment. We really appreciated that the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and dishes, and that there were several coolers to use to bring drinks and snacks to the beach (buy bags of filtered ice at the Pali). The pool is essential and the outdoor shower was great to wash off the sand from the beach. Internet access was available the whole time which was great, and all of the electronics worked well. The beds are super comfortable and it was great to have cleaning service twice a week. All of the staff in the community were very nice and helpful. The whole rental process was really easy and I have never felt so well informed and taken care of when travelling in another country. Starting from the escort from town by Gabby, to organizing our shuttle back to the airport and all of the other recommendations. It is a wonderful place to stay to appreciate the beauty and nature of Nicaragua.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                        Manager response: So glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip Marissa! We love to hear from our guests and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our casa, the beaches and Nicaragua. Come back and visit soon! Hasta Lluego, Carol, Dave & Ed

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                      • Christmas Vacation at Casa de Mono

                        Christmas Vacation at Casa de Mono

                        • Guest Lynda B.
                        • Date of stay 12/16/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/01/13
                        This was our first trip to Nicaragua and we were accompanied by our two college-age “children”. Not really having any idea what to expect we were very pleasantly surprised by Nicaragua, the people we met and Casa de Mono. When we arrived in San Juan del Sur, we were met by Gabby, the concierge from Re/Max. Gabby took us on a tour of the town, and showed us many of the points of interest, before taking us to buy some groceries and driving us to the house. Gabby was truly an asset, and throughout our ten day stay, was constantly at hand to answer our questions, and point us in the right direction - nothing was too much trouble! When our daughter needed to visit a doctor Gabby arranged this immediately, accompanied us, and translated for us. She also arranged Francisco, our tour guide/driver for the day, who drove us to a coffee plantation, the market in Masaya, and Granada. Francisco was able to show us some great photo spots, and was an endless source of information – and the fact that we did not have to find and drive to these places made the day totally stress free. Casa de Mono is laid out around the pool and a seating area, which is a great place to sit and watch the beautiful sunsets and the abundance of wildlife – bring binoculars if you have them. The beach is a ten minute walk downhill, and a 15 minute walk back! If you aren’t feeling energetic you can take a two minute drive down the private track and park almost on the beach. The beaches are beautiful and on several occasions we walked the length of Playa Maderas to Tacos Locos, where we sampled banana pancakes along with homemade guacamole – definitely worth a visit! As SJDS is a twenty minute drive away, I would recommend stocking up with food, as some evenings we did not want to drive to town to eat, and preferred to sit by the pool, barbeque some chicken, and have a few Tonas (the local beer). On a few occasions we visited Mango Rosa’s (recommended for dinner and breakfast) which was a ten minute drive away. Manga Rosa’s is also good for booking activities and would highly recommend the sunset fishing/coastal sightseeing tour. The private guards that patrol around the house are friendly, and constantly on hand if you need help with anything. All in all we were very impressed with Nicaragua and Casa de Mono and hope to return some day!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.

                        Manager response: Hey Lynda & Family, I'm so glad you enjoyed Nicaragua and our home! Always good to hear from guests, about their experiences and that they enjoyed, so thank you! And yes, Gabby is wonderful and makes the guest experience that much better. Glad you all had fun in our little paradise. PS. We'll have to try those banana pancakes at Taco's Loco's...we've actually never been there so thanks for the tip:). Cheers, Carol

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                      • You won't want to leave!

                        You won't want to leave!

                        • Guest Prince Darren (Chicago)
                        • Date of stay 01/12/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/25/12
                        We had high expectations for Casa de Mono - all of which were met or exceeded! As other reviewers have mentioned, the views are majestic and the home is intelligently designed. Sure, it has a nice TV. But, who needs that when you go to bed with breathtaking sunsets and wake up with howler monkees? While it is close to town, we really did not want to leave to go out to eat. We often preferred cooking our own meals while listening to the birds sing (we even had an owl visit us one night). We walked around to see some of the other homes nearby and got the impression that this one might be one of the most private of the 11 homes in the Balcones community. There is one immediate neighbor, but you can’t see or hear them. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, there aren't too many places in the world that can compete with this. The secluded nature of this community is part of its charm. Along with that comes the need to adjust your expectations for the "exotic wildlife" that sometimes finds its way into the home. As long as you are prepared to deal with the unexpected, you won't be disappointed. I made a short video that may serve you well, depending on the time of year, should you decide to stay here [go to YouTube and search for "How to Catch a Scorpion in Nicaragua"]. The WiFi internet was slower than I had hoped, but generally worked well enough to fire off a few emails when needed. Gabby, the concierge, was extremely accommodating in helping us get to the home and showing us around town. She is an important asset that makes your visit to San Juan del Sur that much more comfortable and enjoyable. During our stay we went to Playones/Matilda beach twice. It is one of the best places to watch the sunset. There were only a few other people there and we felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves. We also went SCUBA diving with Neptune and took surfing lessons with Corey from Republika on Playa Hermosa (where they filmed Survivor). We also enjoyed a great meal at Colibri and consumed many a cold beer at places like Henry's Iguana Beach Bar, Republika Bar and others. In conclusion, I bestow the highest praise upon Casa de Mono. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has sense of adventure and a desire for a romantic getaway.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                        Manager response: Darren, So good to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your stay at our home and in Nicaragua! Wow, and you got see an owl? That's cool. I LOVE the scorpion video on you tube. You look like a pro at it, so funny. BTW, we brought one back in our luggage last May and it's still alive. So, make sure to check you're laundry/luggage :). He's a pet now and makes a great conversation piece when friends come over. Take Care and thanks for the great post!

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                      • Love The Lush Jungle and Ocean View!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                        Love The Lush Jungle and Ocean View!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                        • Guest Pokey (Covina, Ca. (Los Angeles Co.) )
                        • Date of stay 11/17/11
                        • Review Submitted 01/15/12
                        This was my first trip to Nicuragua and I was very taken back by its lush green jungle, wildlife , awesome sunsets and beautiful beaches. It was just my boyfriend and I at the house. We loved the layout of the house thats like an outdoor/indoor home environment which allows you to enjoy the jungle surroundings. The beach was a very quick , less than 5 minute drive through a cool scene of tree vines dangling down to the car. We could have walked (about 20 mins for us "out of shape" adults) but the road was kind of muddy from all the rain from October. The sunsets are a must on the beach!!!! Make sure to bring your camera and a cocktail. We spent the 2nd day on Playones beach relaxing with some reading material, beers, snacks, swimming and collecting shells and rocks on a gorgeous beach in which we only saw a handful of other people all day (blows away Cabo!! where we went earlier this year). We went to a neighborhood restaurant named Las Maria's with a Balcones homeowner couple we met. The restaurant was awesome and a family owned place with patio dining. Great food!!!!! I also recommend going to the "flying frog" zip line which is just before the school on the chocolate road as you head back into town. You have some of the best views of the San Juan bay up there. We did it on a clear , warm day so getting back to the house to jump in the pool and have a beer was icing on the cake!!!!! The staff at the gate are friendly and so is the private guard's they have who patrols around the house. He always said "hola" and offered to help us with luggage and groceries out from the car. You can hear the monkeys throughout the complex and saw them in the trees while walking the Balcones trails. It was very cool!!!!! We definitely want to come back to this house and loved the overall environment and people. Cant Wait!!!!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

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                      • Awesome place and can't wait to return!

                        Awesome place and can't wait to return!

                        • Guest SurfMono (Santa Monica, CA, USA)
                        • Date of stay 02/02/11
                        • Review Submitted 04/15/11
                        Casa De Monos is a beautiful home with absolutely amazing vistas. Also the rental agent and security guards are very helpful and friendly. My fiancé and I went during the month of February and enjoyed great weather. Being an avid surfer, it is perfectly located within a 20 walk of one of the best most consistent surf breaks in Nicaragua. Not to mention the consistent off shore winds made perfect barrels on every session! We also did some horseback riding, zip line tour, lots of swimming in the ocean and hiked. Tons to do for the active soul! The food was great everywhere we went and everything is unbelievably inexpensive. The house has an awesome open feeling and we spent every night enjoying a beautiful sunsets and local rum. It's just a 20 min drive out of San Juan Del Sur but still only a few minutes from a few local restaurants. We loved Nicaragua and it's people so much that we are getting married out there next Feb. And lucky for us we have go back to check out the wedding location and we are going be be staying at casa de monos again for sure! By far our most enjoyable, relaxing, adventurous and exciting vacation ever! And we still have so much to look forward to on our return. If it wasn't for this thing called work we would have never left Nicaragua!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children.

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                      • The Monkey House

                        The Monkey House

                        • Guest Tarheels (Fayetteville, NC)
                        • Date of stay 01/22/11
                        • Review Submitted 02/02/11
                        Our stay at The Monkey House was wonderful! We rented a week in January 2011 and loved every minute of it. The home was comfortable and clean and lent itself to outside dinners, sipping coffee by the pool and beautiful sunsets. Playa Majagual was a spectacular beach! We also visited Playa Hermosa and Playa Remanso - both great surfing beaches. We had nice dinners at Joselins, Bambu and Calibri and loved our favorite bar, Republika. We took an afternoon/sunset sail with Second Wind Sail that was incredible. Shopping at the market in San Juan was easy and we enjoyed cooking local foods and drinking lots of Tonya! Definitely recommend renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle - we had a 4 door truck that was perfect for us. We're already planning our next trip!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Its like camping with full amenities

                        Its like camping with full amenities

                        • Guest LBC_R (Long Beach, CA)
                        • Date of stay 11/13/09
                        • Review Submitted 03/30/10
                        I stayed there in November 2009. The location and home is incredible. I've been to other vacation homes where owners decorated the place with garage sale, 2nd hand junk but not this place. The home is decorated with newer appliances, mattresses and furniture. The security is there 24 hours every day, so we felt totally safe with our belongings. They’re very friendly and remember you as you go in and out of the complex. The pool is small but perfect for the amount of people who are staying. The beach was nice and private. There were two within walking distance. Because there aren’t many homes built, we were able to do our own hiking adventure through the complex. It’s a 20-30 min bumpy drive from the main road so you definitely need a 4x4 vehicle to go in and out (and sports bra if you’re a female LOL). When I was there, they were leveling out the road so maybe its gotten better by the time you read this. There’s a Pali (small grocery store) on the main road where you can purchase just about everything you need to stay there. There’s a TV, DVD player, washer/dryer, coffee maker, microwave, fridge and Wi-Fi (as long as the electricity is working). The city has scheduled blackouts but sometimes with the wind and for whatever other reason, the electricity is out for longer periods. It was out for 3 straight days while we were there. Fortunately, this place has battery back-up and with some conservation, we were able to survive (barely) until it came back up!! The place is very open, so you can’t have an a/c there. Be prepared to have some warm days and nights. Every room has a ceiling fan so it didn’t feel too hot. And if you stayed in the shade, it was comfortable too. The beds are super comfy. The pillows are thinner than what I like. I slept like 10 good, solid hours every night. I would have slept longer but there’s that thing called “sunlight” that woke me up! Some mornings, we could hear the howler monkeys. The divider between the bedroom and the bathroom doesn’t extend all the way up but it’s still very private. Just a couple of suggestions: mosquito net over the beds, extra pillows and brighter light in the bathroom (this is more of a girl thing, I think). If you stay at this place, I would suggest having dinner at Mango Rosa’s (about 10 mins away). Very tasty and inexpensive food! There are 2 other places to eat near the beach area, too. Don't forget your mosquito spray!!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Low season
                      May 15 - Oct 31, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $175
                      $1,150
                      Holidays
                      Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
                      5 night min stay
                      $295
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $225
                      $1,450

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                      • El Gato Negro

                        "Great book store with good coffee, great organic breakfast & lunch. "

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                      • Barrio Cafe

                        "Excellent food, right in the center of town. People watch or sit n nice patio area"

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                      • Bambu Restaurant

                        "Great place for cocktails and food, on the beach, has some fun events. We went to a wedding..."

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                      • Rancho las marias, san juan del sur, nicaragua

                        "The BEST local Nicaraguan cuisine around. It's on the chocolata road between San Juan Del S..."

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                      • Iguana Bar

                        "Fun place to have some drinks, dance, get your party on. The food is good too. "

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                      • El Colibri

                        "Good mediterranean food, nice setting"

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                      • Restaurante El Timon

                        "Good local food, beachfront and nice setting"

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                      • Da Flying Frog Zipline tour

                        "Fun and offers great views of the bay"

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                      • Pan de Vida

                        "Great little bakery in town. Banana bread, focaccia bread, other oven baked goods."

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                      • Big Wave Dave's

                        "Nice expat bar, good bar food. Bands on some nights. "

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                      • josselines

                        "Great local food on the beachfront. "

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                      • Mango Rosa Nicaragua

                        "Good vibe and place to watch sports, on the road to Marsella beach. "

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                      • Nearest Airport: Managua at 120 Miles
                       

                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2008

                      About: 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.

                      Why 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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      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.


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                      Photos

                      • Great outdoor living with private pool

                        Great outdoor living with private pool

                      • The pool is lovely at night

                        The pool is lovely at night

                      • Our private pool and outdoor space is very romantic

                        Our private pool and outdoor space is very romantic

                      • We walked out the front door and this little guy/gal was having a snack

                        We walked out the front door and this little guy/gal was having a snack

                      • Great space to do yoga

                        Great space to do yoga

                      • Living Room, plenty of movies, books, games

                        Living Room, plenty of movies, books, games

                      • Bedroom 2 view to jungle and ocean

                        Bedroom 2 view to jungle and ocean

                      • Natural stone outdoor shower

                        Natural stone outdoor shower

                      • walk along the beach

                        walk along the beach

                      • Heading back from Playa Maderas-surfing, fishing

                        Heading back from Playa Maderas-surfing, fishing

                      • Sloth. Hard to spot and pretty rare sighting. In big tree at community entrance

                        Sloth. Hard to spot and pretty rare sighting. In big tree at community entrance

                      • Beautiful sunsets

                        Beautiful sunsets

                      • Open concept, relaxing and inviting

                        Open concept, relaxing and inviting

                      • Beautiful Nicaraguan sunset from our home, see them everyday!

                        Beautiful Nicaraguan sunset from our home, see them everyday!

                      • Another sunset--in the rain

                        Another sunset--in the rain

                      • Afternoon view

                        Afternoon view

                      • Fully equipped kitchen

                        Fully equipped kitchen

                      • Bedroom 1 with both views, comfortable beds and great place to wake up to

                        Bedroom 1 with both views, comfortable beds and great place to wake up to

                      • sunset on the beach

                        sunset on the beach

                      • Another great beach morning

                        Another great beach morning

                      • We spotted 2 Pygmy owls in tree as we were hanging out in the pool

                        We spotted 2 Pygmy owls in tree as we were hanging out in the pool

                      • Beach dog, healthy and happy to hang with us

                        Beach dog, healthy and happy to hang with us

                      VRBO #276241

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                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

                      $175 - $295 per night (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 04/04/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-5 nights
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