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BEACHSIDE Paradise: Surf Panga Drops and Colorados

Rivas Department, Nicaragua
  • House4200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

4 bedroom/4 bathroom home just steps away from the beach

THE SPACE: Casabella is a 4200 sq. ft. private villa designed and built in an authentic colonial Nicaraguan style with a beautiful courtyard garden and lagoon style pool. The house is located just across the street from the beach access. Each of the four bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and private entrance from the courtyard. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all the modern conveniences of home. All linens and towels (beach and bath) are provided along with wifi, cable tv, and onsite laundry and cleaning services.

THE PERFECT SURF GETAWAY. Nicaragua's Emerald Coast is a top surf destination because of the consistency of the waves. The gentle offshore winds that blow all day long 300+ days per year create perfect surfing conditions. Casabella is perfectly nestled in between two world class surf breaks: Panga Drops (200 yards North) and Colorado (200 yards South).

THE COMMUNITY: Casabella is located in the gated community of Hacienda Iguana just across the street from the beach under a beautiful canopy of trees.Hacienda Iguana is one of Nicaragua's most luxurious communities. It contains an impeccable world class golf course and a fun community restaurant and bar overlooking Playa Colorado's Break. Nicaragua is also one of Central America's most spectacular wildlife corridors with captivating oceans and lush rain forests. You can expect visits from the delightful local monkey troop along with exquisite exotic birds, nesting sea turtles and other wildlife.

CATERING: Catering is available for a fee. Lunch and Dinner is $15 per person ($10 for kids ages 10 and under). Breakfast is $10 per person ($6 for kids 10 and under). The menu includes a mix of traditional Nicaraguan and American foods.

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA INCLUDE: surfing, golfing, boating, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, kayaking, zip lines, yoga, spa services, biking, hiking and sightseeing tours.


Mara and Ernie Fretwell

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
Why Mara and Ernie Fretwell chose Rivas Department

Our family immediately fell in love with the off-the-beaten-track charm of Nicaragua's Emerald Coast. Lined with dense jungles and white sand beaches this small portion of pacific coastline offers several world class surf breaks. Our colonial style home, Casabella, is located within Hacienda Iguana, one of Nicaragua's premier gated communities. We love our Nicaraguan home and know that you will too. Come enjoy la pura vida with us.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 bunk bed
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Beds can be pushed together to make a king
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, Beds can be pushed together to make a king
      • Each bedroom has a private bathroom, closet and air conditioning unit.


      • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, outdoor shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Resort
          • Water View


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Catering available


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Catering Available
                            $35.00 a day per person for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 7 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                              • Private Pool

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Private Chef
                                                  • Staff


                                                      • churches
                                                      • festivals
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • photography
                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • boating
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • shelling
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling
                                                                  • surfing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    31 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Great house in great location on the best beach in Nicaragua

                                                                    Bill D.

                                                                    Owners and staff very friendly and easy to deal with. Very flexible and good people. Highly recommend this rental.

                                                                    Amazing Time!

                                                                    KENDRA L.

                                                                    Casa Bella is a beautiful home, taken care of by beautiful couple (Fernando and Marlena), in a beautiful community, on a beautiful beach! We loved how safe and secluded it was yet had everything we needed, we didn’t have to leave once. The home was cared for by the loveliest couple who made food for us (I highly recommend getting at least breakfast made by Marlena every day.), kept the pool and home impeccably clean and were hardly noticeable but always available and helpful. We will miss them as much as the house and beach! We’ve traveled to dozens of countries and have to say, this is one of our best vacations yet.

                                                                    The local restaurants were all good but Pilis is THE BEST!

                                                                    Thank you for sharing your amazing home where we made memories that will last a lifetime!

                                                                    The Layton’s

                                                                    Beautiful home, great location

                                                                    Lenna M.Maui, Hawaii, USA

                                                                    The house fit 10 comfortably, the proximity to the beach was perfect, and the staff was very friendly.

                                                                    Amazing place to stay.

                                                                    Adam S.

                                                                    The house was even nicer than I thought it would be. Beautiful place, lots of space, right across from the beach. The little community that its in is great, with a few restraunts and golf course. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone else.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Adam! We hope to have you as our guest again.

                                                                    Half Way Between Colorado's and Panga!

                                                                    Bob Y.Gainesville

                                                                    Really enjoyed Casabella. Very few problems. Cool building design. Room for plenty. Good WiFi. Monkeys in the trees right next door. The small pool in the center of the central courtyard is really cool. Kitchen well equipped. Lost electricity for 6 hours, no backup generator. Marleva, Fernando, Francisco, and Evan took great care of us. House is not right on the beach but is on the 'B' side of the beach road. 50 yards of the beach. Prone to flies in the courtyard.

                                                                    Would really recommend this place. I love this beach. Love both breaks. Still haven't tried Punta de Los Perros. Go for it!

                                                                    Wonderful house, wonderful staff, wonderful beach

                                                                    brett h.

                                                                    Our group of 9 stayed here for 5 days. The house and swimming area was beautiful and relaxing. The staff were incredible and our chef worked around our schedule to make delicious food. The selfish part of me wants to leave a bad review to ensure it doesn't get too popular and then we can keep coming back!


                                                                    Rivas Department, Nicaragua

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                                                                    31 Reviews
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