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Sun,Surf,Sand,Sleep!!! Repeat...

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Romantic, Private, hill top home with beautiful ocean views!

An incredible, 2000 sq. ft, 2 bed 2 1/4 bath, fully furnished, private home with two master King bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, open air living, and just minutes to 3 of Nicaragua's most beautiful sun and surf beaches, Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual, Playa Playones.

Experience life in one of the largest, privately owned ecological reserves in Central America, teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. This small, private boutique community has been designed using green building concepts, native fallen hardwoods and stone. Boundaries between indoors and outdoors merge when sliding walls reveal your own private patio with ocean and tropical jungle views.

What to Expect!

Casa Culebra was designed and built by the developers of world renowned Morgan's Rock Eco Resort, boasts 16' vaulted cane ceilings with large overhangs, providing shade from sun and rain showers. The homes ideal position on a ridge allows the cool breezes to flow throughout.


Polished concrete floors keep the house cool, even in the heat of the day. Asian inspired 12' sliding privacy walls are featured on both master King bedrooms. Ceilings fans provide comfort for your sleeping ease. En-suite open air bath with double vanities feature beautiful copper hand made detail. Living area boasts comfortable contemporary white sofa's with matching chairs in addition to 2 leather chairs and ottoman. A featured natural stone table is the centre piece to enjoy board games or just sit around and enjoy a cocktail.

Pool / Security:

Enjoy a swim in our shared 15 meter infinity edge pool overlooking the pacific and jungle terrain, just steps outside the front door.

This home enjoys the benefits of secure parking and 24 hour security in a locked, gated community. Maid and pool service is included.

Perfect for:

This house is perfect for honeymooners, families of four, one or two couples looking for adventure get away.

Where's the Beach:

We are located just a 20 minute walk down our private trail or 5 minute drive to the best surf and sun beaches in the area, Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual and Playones. There are surf board rentals and a selection of local cafes accessible by foot.


Our 'Meet & Greet' couple Elisha and Gordon will help you navigate your way through town, and out to the house making your first day a comfortable transition. Our host can help you arrange a selection of diverse activities in the area to include from zipping to yoga. We include this service in the price of the rental.


A four wheel drive high clearance vehicle is REQUIRED for accessing not only Casa Culebra, but the majority of the surfing beaches north and south of San Juan del Sur. We are located 12 km (20 min) from town on country, dirt roads and as the Balcones community is perched on a hill from the main road a 4 x 4 vehicle will make your stay much more enjoyable! Let us help you arrange transportation to and from the airport, and provide you with a discounted rate with one of our Car Rental agents.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About The Owner

Based in San Francisco we travelled to Nicaragua to catch some waves after reading about the small town of San Juan del Sur in 2003.

It was reminiscent of villages in Mexico 25 years ago, unaffected, natural, the people warm and friendly. We rented a truck and off we went up and down the coast line of Nicaragua in search of the best waves. We checked out every possible spot for miles but always returned back to the surrounding area of San Juan del Sur.

We finally settled on Balcones de Majagual which afforded us an Architecturally stunning home in a private ecological reserve within walking distance to one of the premier surf beaches Maderas. It's proximity to San Juan located only 20 minutes away gave us the option for a little night life and great restaurants if we so desired. ........We've been here ever since!

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful treat to stay at Casa Culebra for a few days before Christmas. Elisha, my sister who does concierge service for the property, has told me how special this place is and I was certainly not disappointed. The home super exceeded any expectations! Suzi has outdone herself in furnishing and stocking the house. You’ll find everything you need for a great holiday plus more. The property is beautiful, the architecture & woodwork stunning and I loved the open air living feel the house has. Waking up to the sound of howler monkeys as I lay in the big comfy bed and watched the trees blow in the wind is a memory of my Nicaragua trip that I will never forget.

During our stay we visited 2 of the nearby beaches, Majagual and Maderas. Both are beautiful & quiet – hard to believe this area isn’t crowded with hordes of tourists yet. I highly recommend stopping for lunch at Gaby’s Bar – the ceviche & whole fried fish plate was delicious. We enjoyed afternoon swims at Casa Culebra also – the lush jungle & views surrounding the infinity pool are awesome. We even got a show from the monkeys playing in the trees overhead one day.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. If anyone has safety concerns you can feel assured you will be well taken care of at Casa Culebra. When we had a power outage one evening, the security staff were at our door within minutes to explain the problem & assist with starting the battery back up system which is located in the bodega.

I highly recommended this vacation rental to anyone looking for a quiet place to relax, a cool pool to dip in and a beautiful country to explore. Thanks so much for everything Suzi. We sure hope to be back someday soon.
Dec 2016
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San Juan del Sur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.25
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (2) 2 King Master each with ensuite bathrooms. Comfortable top line mattresses and linens. Three speed overhead fan provides for a comfortable sleep. Nets provided for beds. Separate guest washroom
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Vaulted 16' ceilings are designed with basketball players in mind


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average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

So, it's the third time we have returned to Casa Culebra and it absolutely never disappoints. The house is so cool, in every way. Not only does the architecture allow a constant breeze to flow through, it's so well positioned for that sunset!

We realise we love it so much because of the inside/outside experience. You are always in contact with nature around and that just feels special.

The house has everything you could need. It's kept beautifully clean by the cleaners who attend almost every other day. I can't work the oven, but no big deal as there is a fantastic gas BBQ on the terrace outside with a view to due for! New addition this year is internet TV, so you can spend all your day time on the local beach watching turtles nesting (yes, that happened this year) and spend your cosy evenings in listening to the sounds of the jungle and watching a Netflix box set. We love everything about this house, Balcones feels safe and peaceful and the surrounding coastline is gorgeous. So happy to have found it. We plan to return again and again if we can. Thank you Suze for a very experience every time.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your family are without a doubt the absolutely best fit for Nicaragua. Not only do you embrace my home but submerse yourselves into the culture of the country. You will be forever welcome to our home and our hearts.
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Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, my family of 4 (children 10 and 12) absolutely LOVED staying at Casa Culebra - from the fantastic view, to the beautiful and well equipped home, you could not ask for more in a vacation rental! We have stayed at many VRBO rentals in Central America and this far exceeded our expectations! First, Elisha was so amazing - first meeting us in SJDS and showing us where to shop for produce and fish and then bringing us to this home - Elisha was always available for questions or assistance with anything. The property staff were so kind and worked so hard all day! The house is a fantastic location to the best beaches - we would drive down to Playa Playones and then walk to the nearby beaches of Maderas and Majugal.

The tranquility and serenity you will experience here is second to none! This has been our favorite family vacation yet and we would love to return!! Thank you Suze for sharing your beautiful home!!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachelle, Rarely do we have a family that embraces Nicaragua like you did. We are so happy you chose our home for your visit and of course welcome you back anytime. You did your homework before you arrived and that along with Elisha's excellent conceirge services seemed to be the perfect formula for success. We do strive to make everyone's time with us a successful one and you and your family are a true testament that our team makes it work with people who are willing to jump in with both feet. Suze, Elisha and the Balcones team!
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We love Casa Culebra

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to wonderful Casa Culebra. The house is beautiful. The kitchen is very well equipped. The beds are super comfy. The deck is absolutely perfect for watching the sunset with a cocktail. We woke up to howler monkeys and hung with the vultures at the pool. The beach is a short drive away and is beautiful. The nacatamales at Matilda’s on the beach are the best:) we surfed, played in the waves and did tidal pool exploring. We are coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly special

  • 5 of 5

Our only regret with Casa Culebra is that we didn't stay longer. An excellent orientation from Elisha and her quick response to any inquiries made everything easy. The home itself is comfortable, unique and fully equipped. Relaxing by the pool was wonderful and the Howlers paid us a visit. The area beaches offer busy or quiet. Great value and a wonderful experience awaits you at Casa Culebra.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You know they always say Calgary people are the best.. well I for one agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for staying with us and hope you come back next year for a longer stay now that you’ve got the lay of the land.
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Exceed Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Culebra served as the perfect setting for our worry-free girls’ getaway! The house offered just the right amount of relaxation, adventure, and luxury.

For those of you wondering…yes, the pictures are on point when it comes to the clean and comfortable accommodations you expect to see upon arrival. However, keep in mind what you can’t see that takes the experience to a whole new level.

The sunrise and sunset views from this house (and throughout the property) were breathtaking, and the infinity pool quickly became part of our sunset ritual. Elisha, our concierge, truly served as our Ambassador! She was beyond helpful when it came to booking excursions or simply offering ‘life in Nica’ advice. This gave us the feeling of being on vacation, but also gave us a little taste of the local scene.

We enjoyed 2 evenings in with Chef Adam, which I highly recommend….not only was he a whiz in the kitchen, but he offered comedic commentary in between courses. We also took advantage of surf lessons with Baldo (he should get an award for patience), which was an incredible experience….especially for those of us that surfed for the first time and GOT UP! Last and certainly not least, the groundkeepers and security of the property were very attentive. It was comforting to know that if and when we needed something, they were nearby and promptly provided assistance.

I highly recommend a stay at Casa Culebra, and can say without a doubt, that I am looking forward to a return visit in the (hopefully near) future.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to host such a great group. Equally was Adam delighted to be your "Chef" in the kitchen for a couple of memorable meals. We will welcome you back with open arms.
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Beautiful relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends had a great time at this house, the views were amazing and waking up to sounds of monkeys was the best. You will need a 4x4 to get here , but the tough trail is worth it. I would watch out for the spiders and scorpions in the house, as we seen them almost daily for 2 weeks we were there. Overall a great experience , Gordon and Elisha were always there to answer any questions and lend a helping hand.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes those little critters will find their way in. At different times of the year you'll find an abundance and at others none. We do have professionals service our home but due to the nature of the location this can be one of the things you have to deal with. But overall it sounds like the trip was a success and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Car: necessary

Surf, Surf, Surf.... Maderas, Horseback riding on the beach, Dare a little with Da Flying Frog Zip-line, Enjoy a Spa day, Stretch it out at a yoga class, Explore beaches north and south of San Juan, Visit a Coffee Plantation, Hike Mambacho Volcano, Do some sport fishing, Take a tour of La Flor turtle reserve at midnight, Take a quiet Sunset Sail, or a Whale watching expedition, Catch a water taxi to a secluded beach Take an overnight trip to Ometepe, Visit Playa Hermosa of Survivor Fame, Try your luck with Trivia night at Republic Enjoy dinner and drinks with friends and family in the quaint town of San Juan and watch another spectacular sunset or stay at home and cuddle up with a good novel.....its all good!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

2013 Low Season - June 1 - Oct 31 $145
2013 High Season- Nov 1 - May 31 $175
2013 Christmas Dec 21 - Jan 4th weekly rental only
2014 Semana Santa / April 11 - 20th $250 - weekly rental only

3.5 % charged for Pay Pal and is responsibility of client
Low Season Only- weekly rates / 1 night free

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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