|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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If your idea of a great vacation is to travel half way around the world to find another Starbucks, then this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you long to be at the edge of an authentic Nicaraguan fishing village, surf incredible waves by yourself, or walk along a beach that Moon's Handbook Travel Guide describes as " relatively deserted, undeveloped and absolutely beautiful. This is a beach like no other.", then this is for you.
This romantic one bedroom house is ideal for a couple. The interior decoration is playful and the open floor plan with its incredible views of the ocean from all living spaces enhance your vacation experience. The large patio in the front of the house overlooks the beach and has a built in table for outside drinking and dining. The living room sofa can be used as a bed. The 14' high by 8' wide arched front door and large front window add to the open feeling of the house. The open design utilizes the natural breezes of the ocean for cooling.
This one bedroom beach house, finished in 2010, provides the perfect balance between private beach and an active village with its dirt roads, thatched huts and an old lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing on the coast. There are no stores like you would find in the U.S. but you can find a lot of things you need in its Ventas, the small stores out of of private homes, located 3 minutes walk away. If you get tired of surfing the great waves right off your front porch, turn left at the beach to the turtle reserve with its undisturbed beachfront. Or you can turn right, watch the local fisherman launch their pongas (fishing boats) and continue on to the village. Another option is to go to the Padre Ramos Wetlands Reserve,1 to 5 day kayak tours with an ornithologist are available. This estuary is a "decidedly mellower place to swim than the ocean and is home to all the wild life-especially birds-you could hope to see", as quoted from Moon's Travel Guide. Or you can lay in the hammock and watch the pelicans fly by.
Internet service is available in the house with the use of a dongle. Surfboards, surfing instruction, surfing and fishing tours, horses and about anything else you want can also be provided by Nicaragua Escape.You can check their website for more information. They can meet you at the airport and provide transportation to the house, as well as many other services.
You can easily walk to town and the caretaker, or the friendly locals, can help you find your way around. It's a ten minute walk down the beach to Monty's Surf Camp for a great meal and drinks. Beyond them is a fun place called Rancho Tranquilo, a vegetarian restaurant and bar. Close by Rancho Esperanza also offers inexpensive meals and coffee. These are English speaking venues, there are also numerous Spanish speaking venues nearby including a new restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner about 4 minutes walk down the beach. The fresh fish dinner for $4.50 is not to be missed.
If you are a family or group, We would like to recommend my mother's two bedroom house next door (VRBO #247904). For groups of eight to twelve, rent both.
ENJOY, Peter & Sue
We are Peter and Sue Portugal. Our son owns Nicaragua Escape, a surfing lodge and restaurant in nearby Aserradores. We came to Nicaragua to visit him and his family and fell in love with the area. Peter's mom has built a house next door so it's a family affair.
Sue & Peter Poetugal purchased this house in 2007
We decided to buy property and build a vacation home in this area. It will be our retirement retreat, and a vacation rental when we aren't there. There is an incredible beach front with wonderful surf. We love the people we have met and become friends with. Our son, daughter in law and new grandson live close by.
We enjoy relaxing and soaking up the heat. The weather here is a perfect complement to the foggy coastal weather of northern California where we live. We love to swim and boogey board in the warm ocean.
The beach in front of the house is the only thing that kept us at this house. We arrived at sunset and if it had been daylight we would not have stayed that first night. The house was filthy. All the windows would not open, there was a layer of grit on every surface and the bathroom looked like it belonged in a gas station. Until I spent several hours the next morning cleaning the bathroom I would not sit on the toilet: there was a dirty drinking glass at the sink, old soap and scum on the soap holders and everything else in the bathroom was disgustingly filthy. The beautiful tile sink was covered with layers of dirt and scum.
The kitchen wasn’t much better. The refrigerator was unplugged so it was unusable for our groceries that needed to be cold. We had to soak the cutting board in bleach before we used it. The oven door heat shield glass fell away from the door when we opened it and the condition of the stove was so bad that the top was covered with foil. The blender had bits of food left around the rim of the cover.
At least the sheets seemed to be clean.
We stayed after that first night because husband loved the beach and helped me clean the filth and the dishes before using them.
After arriving home and preparing to do laundry I found 4 pairs of shorts and a dress that had rust spots on the seats from the metal chairs that are at the dining table. The spots are permanent and the garments are unwearable. We were given a very small refund for our inconvenience.
The beach is great with lots of shells. If this place had been clean and with a decent stove I might have recommended it. But our experience prohibits me from doing so. We would never stay here again. BEWARE.........
If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay while in the very small fishing village of Jiquillio then Casa De Portugales is the place! We loved it here and wished we would have stayed longer. It was great to rent the surfboards for the week so we could just use them when we wanted. The kitchen has everything you will need, its clean, and well appointed. The owners arranged a ride from the airport which also took us to a large grocery store in a nearby town so we could get provisions for the week. I suggest planning your meals ahead of time and make a shopping list. Fresh fruits and vegetables could be purchased off trucks that roll through town every other day or so. Some small things like sweet drinks and junk food can be purchased at nearby stores run out of family homes. We started in the 2 bedroom house (we have 2 teenagers) but switched to the one bedroom. The one bedroom has a great vibe: color scheme, floor to ceiling windows, privacy, a patio with seating....it was really great. The kids slept in the bedroom and my husband and I had the double bed in the living room which was fine. The beds were pretty comfortable. Jiquillio is very small with no public services (trash, water) so be prepared for that! Water is delivered by truck and the caretaker who is always on site takes care of everything and is happy to help. The property is clean but the area itself has a LOT of trash everywhere. There is good food at Rancho Esperanza and descent food at Cafe Pacifico. We arranged a beach horse riding trip and a fishing trip through Bodhi which was really great. The surf was good for beginners with a nice sandy bottom. Spend a day observing the tides to see whats up. My daughter and I had boogie boards which was perfect. Its extremely hot in Jiquillio so plan to have siesta time every afternoon to get through it. Hammocks on the property are lovely and the fans in the house are an absolute necessity. I cant say enough about the beach! We had it practically to ourselves and of course the Pacific sunsets are amazing. To the north is the town and the fishing boats which are very interesting to watch being launched. To the south it is completely undeveloped and goes on for miles. This area of the beach is surprisingly clean! And to the north beyond the town is also quite deserted and clean as well. This house and Jiquillio is definitely a place we would love to go back!
We spent a week at Casa Portugal and really enjoyed our time there. Arriving in Managua we took a taxi to the Leon micro bus terminal and spent a couple of nights in Leon before taking a micro bus to Chinandega. We arranged for a taxi (with the owners son) to meet us and after stopping at the grocery store we drove to the beach house. Very comfortable with a well supplied kitchen. Love the huge, high windows and doors and comfortable couch. Very open/airy which was fantastic. The caretakers are great and announced when the tortilla sellers were outside and even supplied a chair to wait for the bus! Besides fresh tortillas we bought coconut bread (which makes great french toast) and fish in town. The hammocks are great for relaxing and very private.
Besides being a fabulous house, the location is the best, as it sits right at the beginning of town. Looking towards the ocean, going left is a long expanse of mostly uninhabited beach. To the right is the fishing village of Jiquilillo. I enjoyed watching the fishing boats leave in the afternoon and return in the morning. One of my favorite activities is walking beaches and looking for sea shells. I was not disappointed. The beach goes forever and is flat and easy for walking. The surf was small when we were there, but good for swimming right out front.
We took the bus one day to the community of Padre Ramos and on the way back stopped at Monty's for the wifi. It is easy to get around without a car. Nice community and Casa Portugal is the place to stay!
We spent our third summer at Casa Portugal and continue to be charmed by Jiquilillo. The house is amazing and the caretakers are wonderful people. We have stayed a month here for the last three summers and my sons and I feel at home. Follow Sue and Peter's suggestions for a wonderful experience. Once in town, you will discover all types of activities, from a Volcano hike to a trip to the Padre Ramos estuary. There is a great surf/body board break right in front of the house, and a huge porch with a tiled table where we spend most of our time. I strongly recommend connecting with the folks at Rancho Esperanza. It is a great place to volunteer and enjoy getting to know the staff and guests (typically backpackers from all over the world). We arrange transport from the airport with the owners and stock the kitchen in Chinandega on our way in. We don't bother with a car. The house is exactly as described, and Juan and Jamileth are available to help with anything you need. We (my sons are 12 and 14) hope to return again next summer!!!
Our week long stay here was much too short. The place is literally steps to the ocean. During high tide I think the ocean came up about 30 feet from the patio! There's a perfect surf break right in front of the house all to yourself. The caretakers, Jose and his family, were so sweet. My 2 yr old couldn't wait to play with their children everyday after they came home from school. He still talks about them! This house is very comfortable to stay at even with small children and not to mention I was 7 months pregnant at the time! Would love to come back sometime!
My sons and I spent an amazing month here this summer. The house is great, Sue is VERY accurate in her portrayal of their property. She provides a welcome document about the house and the town with excellent information and suggestions. We took a taxi from the airport to Chinandega, shopped at a large market for the items we could not get in Jiquilillo (per Sue's advice), and then traveled to the house. The caretaker Jose does an outstanding job, he and his family are friendly and helpful. My sons really enjoyed their time with Jose's children and other kids in town. The town is small and welcoming. We volunteered at Rancho Esperanza and recommend visiting the rancho to volunteer, eat a great meal (usually vegetarian), and meet great people (locals and travelers). The property is 100-200 feet from the water depending on the tide. The waves/current were strong while we were there. We are from southern California and my sons are good boogie boarders and they got a workout. We did not have or need a car, everything in town is within walking distance and you can take the bus or taxi anywhere else. There is no ATM in town so plan ahead. You can definitely use smaller US bills ($20 and less) around town as easily as cordobas. We did our own cooking (basic food like quesadillas, rice and beans, etc.), and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. We spent most of our time on the huge tiled patio around the built in table playing games and hanging out with new friends. We hope to go back and would definitely stay here again!
We are on the ocean next to the Padre Ramos Reserve. There is an active fishing community nearby as well as an undisturbed beach. The surfing in front of the house is the best in the area. We an send you our welcome packet that goes into detail about the houses.
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3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
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