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Casa Francesca Magical location, ocean views, monkey visits & look at that pool!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa Francesca is a stunning villa located in the progressive, boutique community of Balcones de Majagual. Casa Francesca is a unique home mixing both modern luxuries and natural, sustainable organic elements making it one of the most unique options in all of San Juan del Sur

Located 12km north of the lovely village of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, this private villa boasts unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean from every part of the home. The incredible 15meter infinity pool overlooks the ocean and is the perfect spot to watch one of Nicaragua's incredible sunsets or enjoy a swim under the starry sky. It is also the perfect spot to watch humpback whales breaching in the ocean as they arrive in the warm waters off the coast of Nicaragua to nurse their young!

Casa Francesca also benefits from its location in one of Central Americas largest private wildlife corridors. Expect daily visits from the local friendly monkey troop, along with sightings of parakeets, parrots and sloths. Lucky guests have seen pygmy owls, and jaguardinis (little wild cats!)

With high ceilings, cool white washed stucco walls, and stone floors give Casa Francesa a large, open airy feel. The large screened windows allow for the almost constant breeze that the home benefits from to flow unobstructed through the home, keeping the temperature comfortable both day and night. Gorgeous wooden furniture, stone and rock elements, incredible paintings and blue decor are the final touches in this unique villa, lending to it a soft and natural feel.

This three bedroom 2 1/4 bathroom home is able to sleep five to six people comfortably. The two large bedrooms in the main part of the home each contain full ensuite bathrooms, comfortable king sized beds and ocean views. The third bedroom is located in the designated office space (located right at the pool, you can step right out of the office and plunge into the water) and contains a large, comfortable futon that can easily be converted to sleep one to two people.

The living, dining, and kitchen space all have spectacular ocean views, and are surrounded by large Japanese style sliding doors that you can open for uninterrupted ocean. Cook like a chef in Paradise! These rooms are also all located within steps of the 15 meters, stunning blue, infinity pool so you can take a refreshing dip whenever you so choose! Modern conveniences such as a Smeg gas range, stainless steel appliances, and a fully stocked kitchen make cooking that fresh seafood you bought from the local fisherman on the beach a breeze. Enjoy your meal inside at the large stone counter top/breakfast bar, or outside in the shaded patio at the large dining space. The airy, comfortable living space seats 6 plus people comfortable and is a great space to enjoy music and play any of the games provided in the evening after the sunsets.

CasaFrancesca is located either a short 15 minute walk or an even shorter 5 minute drive down the private road to some of the finest beaches in southern Nicaragua, Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual and Playones. There are surf board rentals, and a small selection of cafes to make your day at the beach both comfortable and enjoyable.

An English and Spanish speaking “meet and greet” is included in the cost of rental. This home also enjoys the benefits of secure private parking and 24 hour security in a locked, gated community. Maid service every other day and pool service is included, laundry service on request. Washer and dryer are available to guests staying longer than one week at an additional cost.

A 4 x 4 high clearance vehicle is essential for reaching Casa Frances, particularly in rainy season. It will also make your drives on the local country roads more enjoyable. Please ask us to put you in touch with one of our contacts in town regarding car rental where we can help you with a discounted rate.

More Details

Property Manager
Laura Johnson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Laura Johnson

Casa Francesca was named for my daughter located under the striped hat (teenagers). Went to Nicaragua in 2006 to help set up Ocean Green Surfboards, environmentally friendly surfboards. Fell in love with the country and its people, both are beautiful and unspoilt.

Laura Johnson purchased this villa in 2009

Why Laura Johnson chose Nicaragua

The unparalleled views of the ocean, the sound of the surf, the songs of the monkeys and birds. Why would I go anywhere else?

What makes this villa unique

The ability to stay right in the NIcaraguan jungle while not giving up an ounce of comfort in this unique, modern and comfortable home. There is nothing better than watching the sun sink into the pacific ocean from the edge of the pool.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Casa Francesca and Balcones de Majagual was an amazing place to stay while traveling to SJDS. From the start Laura was extremely helpful and gave us valuable advice about rental cars, others places in Nicaragua to travel to, and activities in the country. Gabrielle and Nicole from Remax were fantastic - they responded to numerous questions, helped us plan activities, and were a great source of information while in SJDS. Gabriella also welcomed us to SJDS and was so helpful in getting settled on our first day. The staff at the property was also so helpful and eager to help while we were on property. Casa Francesca is a gorgeous house perfect for a beach get away for people who want to relax and enjoy gorgeous scenery. The private pool and bedrooms are beautiful and the decor is modern and clean. Thanks for the amazing opportunity to stay in the beatiful home.
Jul 2016
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San Juan del Sur Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bedroom Bath - toilet , shower , Private ensuite with solar hot water
    Master bedroom bath 2 - toilet , shower , Private ensuite with solar hot water
    Deb bedroom - toilet , Located in den, easily accessible from pool area
  • 2.5+
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private ensuite and ocean views
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private ensuite and ocean views
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps two adults comfortably- half bathroom located in room
  • King size beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size futon that comfortably sleeps two adults
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Casa Francesca Magical location, ocean views, monkey visits & look at that pool!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 24 reviews

One word: Incredible!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Casa Francesca for four days in May 2015 (our stay was much too short!). It was the PERFECT way to end our time in Nicaragua. After lots of sightseeing, hiking and general jam-packed tourist days Casa Francesca was the perfect place to just relax and recharge before going home to Canada. The pool and views from every room in the property are so stunning, we barely left the poolside our entire stay. Laura was fantastic to work with, and so helpful, even when it came to questions totally unrelated to our stay in Balcones. We had a hard time accurately describing this place to our friends and family when we returned home, it really is quite incredible!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City Utah

Casa Francesca

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 5 spent the week in Nicaragua for spring break/Easter. It was a great vacation. The house was perfect. The space was great. Our kids loved the pool. We loved the beaches close by. There are bugs so don't be surprised. The views are awesome. We were there in the dry season so it was not lush and green but still nice. This is a great place to stay for a family that wants a little adventure.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia Area

Inolvidable!! Unforgettable !!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time in Balcones and it won't be the last one!!

It's our family favorite place ever!! We never travel twice to the same place and here we are again counting the days to our next trip to Balcones. We stayed at Casa Francesca last Christmas and we loved every minute of it, sometimes I didn't even want to go to the beach because the house is so amazing that you don't want to leave! The property is great and the pool is amazing!! I can't even try to describe the views, they are unbelievable !! So peaceful ( actually this trip way too peaceful, the monkeys didn't want to come to say hi:(:(

Laura helped us since the very beginning making our last minute trip a reality ( Laura, I can't thank you enough!!) and Gabriela and her team were the best, as always!! The guards at the gate were very nice and always happy to help.

Hasta pronto Casa Francesca, we'll be back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Casa Francesca - Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I stayed at Casa Francesca for our honeymoon. We were there for 4 weeks and loved every minute of it. The house is gorgeous, pool even better, and the sunsets are incredible. Only downside is that there are lots of spiders and scorpions but it is something you deal with in general while in Central America so its not necessarily a criticism of the house itself. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants a vacation a little off the beaten path!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Campbell River, B. C. Canada

Excellant Winter Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 7 weeks (February 17 – April 4 2013) at Casa Francesca! The property is wonderful, the views perfect, sunsets exceptional! The trade winds where very strong and almost unpleasant at times. Exterior doors and windows, where only screened, because of the trade winds, the interior was constantly dirty.

We where disappointed that the wildlife was not around as much as we would have liked, but oh well! This home sleeps 6, but only outside chairs for 2? The open design of the home, also meant that the bedrooms where not totally private. That said these are the only negatives from us.

The pool was used everyday, almost all day, it was perfect. We would recommend a massage on the pool deck, as we had several…excellent! The bakery in town is to die for, also the Deli with its American meats and cheese exceptional!

A 4 wheel drive is a must, we drove from Managua, with our GPS, problem free.

The guards at the gate where always friendly, and it was nice to know that we where protected at all times. Any concerns we had where address promptly.

The beach that was a short drive from the house, was beautiful, and had very few people on it. The town of Rivas is about 45 minute drive had a Maxi Pali store that had everything we needed.

Laura, our contact in Canada, was ready to answer all the upfront questions, some I’m sure laughable. Gabriela (concierge) was invaluable, always ready with help and reliable information, we can’t say, or thank her enough! She really made our winter brake perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Beautiful Time at Casa Francesca - Well Worth It

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I (we're young professionals) just spent 6 nights/7 days at Casa Francesca and had just a wonderful time. The pictures are spot on to just how nice the house is, don't even worry about that. The sunsets are beautiful, the pool is a pleasure, having a gas stove and gas grill outside was great (we cooked up some serious seafood that we purchased in town) and the staff around the property was amazing. Having security made us feel very well protected at all times and they were super helpful if anything went awry during our stay, the maid service was also incredible. In fact we liked them so much we made them a big lobster dinner one night and left the maids plenty of groceries to take home to their families. The person meeting us in town to bring us to the house was also a pleasure and made sure we were not only setup from a food/water standpoint, but also as prepared as possible for the next few days of our trip and made sure we made the sunset that night after our drive from Granada.

Both bedrooms are beautiful with equally great views of the mountains and the ocean. The road up to the house is an adventure, but by the second day you'll be a pro at getting up there, as the description says just make sure to bring a 4x4 (which you're going to need anywhere in Nicaragua not just going to the house). It's in an easy location to town, beaches (one semi-private beach is a 10min walk or 5 minute drive) etc and the view totally makes the extra time driving to the house worthwhile rather than staying in some shack hotel in town.

When we come back to Nicaragua we'll definitely be staying at Casa Francesca again, don't think twice, just book the house and enjoy your time there it's a pleasure.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Casa Francesca and that the Balcones team and our meet and greet looked after you so well. They work very hard and I really appreciate their efforts. Thanks again, Michael Dann
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Augusto Sandino airport Managua
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Morgans Rock Resort
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
San Jorge Ferry to Ometepe
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Pan American Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Restaurants at Playa Maderas
Nearest Beach
900 Metres
Playa Majagual
Car: necessary

Located in one of the largest, privately owned eco corridors in Central America, our boutique community provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and a chance to get away from it all. Must do activities in the area include horseback riding through the rolling hills to the beach, and zip lining in the tree tops of the jungle.


Rates & Availability

San Juan del Sur Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Tropical Fall
May 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Wet season
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Tropical Summer
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2015
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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