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Rancho Santana -- 2 Bdrm 2 Bthm Casita -- 2 Min Walk to Clubhouse/Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Beautifully Maintained House -- 2 Double Bedrooms each with Private Bathroom

Enjoy a spectacular vacation at Rancho Santana, a first class resort and development on the Pacific Coast of beautiful Nicaragua. My house (Casita) is a beautifully maintained 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom bungalow just a 2 minute walk from the Rancho Santana Clubhouse, Restaurant, Cafe and Bar and right by the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the 5-Star amenities of Rancho Santana, the spectacular sunsets, the safety, peace and quiet of my casita and the beautiful plants and wildlife of this gorgeous part of Nicaragua. This is not just a rental property but my second home. I spend a lot of time here myself escaping from the Canadian weather, looking after my Casita and caring for the tropical plants and trees I've planted around it.

When you stay at my Casita you'll enjoy wireless internet access and satellite TV -- so you can feel as connected as you wish to be with home or work.

I'm not a surfer, but I know this is one of the greatest surfing areas in the world. Google "Nicaragua + Surf + Tola" and you'll zone in on Rancho Santana and the surrounding beaches and famous surf breaks of Playa Santana, Playa Rosada, Colorado, Panga Drops and Popoyo. My Casita is ideal for 4 or 5 surfers to share and enjoy a reasonably-priced holiday close to some of the best surf breaks in the Americas.

Cook for yourselves in the Casita or enjoy your meals at Rancho Santana's La Finca y El Mar Restaurant and Bar, or breakfast at the Coffee Shop. On weekends choose tapas and drinks at the Rosada Clubhouse while enjoying the beautiful sunset over Playa Rosada. Most of all, relax knowing you have choices! The Casita has a fully-equipped kitchen -- so you can either shop in the supermarkets on the way from Managua and bring supplies for your stay with you, or you can buy them locally at Rancho Santana's convenience store or the nearby villages. Run a tab if you wish on your credit card and pay when you get home! The best of several worlds...

My Casita is unusual at Rancho Santana in that each double bedroom has its own bathroom. The main bedroom has a Queen-size bed and the second bedroom has a Queen plus a Twin. An extra Twin is available if needed. In addition to their own bathrooms, each bedroom has a separate washbasin, mirror and cabinet.

More Details

Howard Sinclair-Jones
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2018

About Howard Sinclair-Jones

I live in Toronto, Canada. I'm a professional engineer by training and a philanthropist by nature, and I've spent many years in almost every country of Latin America. Speaking Spanish has helped me tremendously in managing and maintaining my Casita in Nicaragua. I love the country and feel very comfortable enjoying the friendship and hospitality of the people who live close by and who work at Rancho Santana. I really enjoy meeting the people who stay in my casita and advising them on any aspect of their holiday -- from travel plans, weather, transportation options, local communities and day-trips, or where to buy essentials (wine, beer, excellent Nica rum :) at reasonable prices!

Howard Sinclair-Jones purchased this house in 2004

Why Howard Sinclair-Jones chose Rancho Santana

Love Nicaragua... love the people... high quality construction... cheaper than Costa Rica... same Pacific Ocean coastline... fresh seafood... cheap beer... high quality property management... Latino music... Internet/Satellite TV/Cell phone... excellent infrastructure... security... peace and quiet...

What makes this house unique

Did I say "peace and quiet"... friendly people... turtles, monkeys, butterflies and tropical birds... First-World infrastructure... Cell phones, internet and satellite TV -- but being the *only* person on a beautiful deserted beach when you choose... Being the only people on a gorgeous beach and looking west from Playa Escondida within Rancho Santana and *no* land for 10,000 miles... nothing! Company whenever you want it... and complete solitude when you just want to be on your own. What's not to like?


Rancho Santana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Surf boards to be rinsed outside.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - Each bedroom has a washbasin/vanity area in addition.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Walk in closet; Extra twin bed available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Ample clothes storage -- drawers and hangers
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ceiling fans in every room, Screened Windows throughout, Beautiful Garden Plants, Comfort, Peace and Quiet! Just ask and we can arrange almost any services you need for an enjoyable vacation... Lobster dinner to be delivered...? Fishing trip...? Driver for a day trip to Granada...? Car rental locally with the car delivered...? But please give us as much advance notice as possible... :)


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Rancho Santana -- 2 Bdrm 2 Bthm Casita -- 2 Min Walk to Clubhouse/Beach
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I just left Howy’s casita in Rancho Santana. I can not say enough how great the whole experience was. The casita is amazing, fully furnished stocked with air conditioning. The resort is amazing. Howy went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, and always responded quickly to any questions or recommendations. He even had a hand delivered car for our rental needs. The whole experience was fantastic and I hope to come back again! Thanks Howy!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Kelly! I'm delighted that you had such a good time. I'm also pleased that the car rental worked out well since that's the first time I've used that service. It makes a lot of sense to get a ride down to Rancho Santana but then rent a car locally. As you know it's a big place and it's also very safe driving around to the other beaches and villages in the area. I'd love to have you back again as my guests! Hasta luego (till then.. :) Best regards, Howy
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Cozy comfortable casita with great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed seven nights in this comfortable and roomy casita. The beds were comfortable and each bedroom had its own private bathroom and shower. The kitchen was well stocked with needed utensils and pots/pans although it was somewhat dated. The living room was nicely furnished. The unit came with daily cleaning services which was appreciated. The AC and ceiling fans in the bedrooms were nice since the weather was hot. The front deck had two rocking chairs and a lounge chair which we used every day. The unit is a short walk to the main resort which is beautiful with a fine restaurant and access to two large pools. Access to all of the amenities of the Rancho Santana resort made our stay wonderful. Howard, the casita owner, could not have been more helpful and friendly and made us feel very welcomed.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Tim! I'm glad to know that you had a good time. My apologies again for the problem with the microwave and not being able to get you a replacement during your stay. There is now a nice new shiny microwave! Best regards, Howy
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Totally recommend

  • 5 of 5

First off Howard the owner is amazing!! Gets back to you quickly and knows so much about the area. The place is perfect. Short walk to the clubhouse. Will definitely be coming back to stay when we return

  • Submitted: May 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know you had a good time Jenny. Your group is the perfect mix for my casita -- surfers and kids! :) I'd love to have you back again.
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful week at Howy's casita. The casita was as lovely as all the other reviews state. We enjoyed Rancho Santana's amenities including the pools, five beaches, and restaurants. We also enjoyed trying restaurants off property, and recommend La Cantina Meson Nadi, which is about a twenty minute walk up the beach. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils etc so we could make our own breakfast each morning. The AC worked well, though we only turned in on three out of seven nights, even though it was very hot in the day. The breezes are amazing.

Howy was an incredibly gracious and helpful host. He checked in every day. He arranged transport for us with his trustworthy driver Luis. And Sandra did a wonderful job cleaning our casita. Howy also helped us arrange surf lessons with DJ and Nacho at the Iguana Surf School. They were great and Nacho also took us on a fantastic day trip. We hiked Mount Mombacho (volcano), enjoyed a great lunch and walking tour of Granada, and went on a wonderful boat tour of the Isletas. The casita was perfect for our family of four, and we hope to return to Nicaragua and stay with Howy again. Thank you so much Howy for a great stay at your wonderful casita.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erin and Mike: It was a delight to have you and your family as guests in my Casita... and thank you very much for your kind words! I'm glad you had such a good time and I'd love to have you come back next year. And following up on an idea Erin, I could certainly help you arrange some "women-only" surfing lessons if you're thinking of taking an extra trip with friends! Please keep in touch. Best regards, Howy.
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Lovely casita in incredible surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Howy's casita for 5 nights last week and had a wonderful time! The garden was the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffees and the proximity to the Rancho Santana clubhouse, pools, and beach were perfect for our 5 and 7 year olds! Howy was a wonderful host; very welcoming when we arrived and very accommodating when we needed support during the stay. We definitely hope to be return visitors!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to meet you Gillian and Ira. Glad you had such a good time! I'd love to have you back on your next trip to Nica. :)
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Beautiful tropical oasis

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Howie for such a relaxing wonderful beach stay! The casita was incredibly clean (thank you Sandra) and spacious! The location could not be better! Just a short stroll (less than 2 min) to the beach, clubhouse, pools (all 3 overlooking the ocean) little grocery store and multiple hiking trails. We loved hearing the howler monkeys in the morning! It was great to have access to the lovely restaurants at the Rancho Santana property as well as the surrounding area. Also, there are a few car rental places just outside the property as well as a medical clinic. It was a nice perk to also have a clean open concept functional kitchen with plenty of filtered water (via large water jug). Howie was easily reachable and offered so much advice which made our stay extra special. He arranged transport with his driver (Luis) who provided comfortable and safe transportation (I hope to visit Luis's restaurant next time). We cannot thank Howie enough for his warm hospitality and love for the local people and culture! We look forward to staying here again and cannot recommend a better casita!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenna and Luis: Thank you so much for your review and compliments to the staff of Howy's Casita! I have printed out a translated copy to show Sandra and Luis. It was so nice getting to know you and I hope you will make it back here for another holiday in the near future. Glad you had a great time! Saludos, Howy
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Costa Esmeralda
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Rancho Santana Clubhouse
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Hacienda Iguana
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
La Finca y El Mar
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Playa Santana
Car: not necessary

Oceanfront Clubhouse-Restaurant-Bar; Spectacular Sunsets over the Pacific; Five Beautiful Beaches; World-class Surfing; Tropical Plants-Birds-Monkeys-Sea Turtles to view; Fresh Fish, Lobster and Organic Veggies to eat :^); Gated Community with 24-hour Security; English- and Spanish-speaking reception and property-management staff.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $153.82

Owner'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.

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