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A Spectacular Lakeside Property

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Our beautiful home is situated on a hill overlooking the farm, Lake Nicaragua, the mainland and Costa Rica.

This idyllic 10 acre, 2500 sq. ft. lake view property comes complete with 4 bedrooms on the second floor. Two master bedrooms feature queen-sized custom built “St. James”-style beds. The full bathroom with tub has a privacy door into one of the master bedrooms. The 2 additional bedrooms have: in the first, a set of bunks with a double lower mattress; and the other, a double bed. In total, the 4 bedrooms can accommodate 9 sleepers comfortably (2x2 in queen beds, 2x2 in double beds, & 1 in the twin bunk).

Expansive views feature breathtaking panoramic vistas over the orchard & fields across Lake Nicaragua to the windward shores of the Nicaraguan & Costa Rican mainland. As you walk directly out of your bedroom onto the 2nd floor deck for your morning coffee you begin to appreciate the magic of being on the largest lake in Central America. Be ready to spot another exotic bird as it lands 30 feet away in the Julie mango tree. The only time of day when there are more bird species is shortly before the dramatic sunsets dip below the distant Pacific Coast mountains.

On the ground floor, an open floor plan design incorporates the living, dining and kitchen areas, protected from the sun by a wrap-around veranda: ideal for this southern climate. The modern food prep area has large counter spaces and is fully equipped, from the cast iron fry pan to coffee grinder and blender. The large frost free fridge will keep all of your fresh food and beverages in fine form. The 1,000 sq. ft. covered deck wraps around the lake side of the house offering a comfortable lounge area, outdoor dining area for 9 and numerous hammock spots. A second bathroom with tiled shower enclosure completes the ground floor.

The onshore breeze allows this home to enjoy pleasant temperatures year round without air conditioning and there are fans throughout the house for those hot days! Guests often mount the fleet of bicycles, including the tandem, for a short flat bike trip (10 min.) to one of the island's most popular and picturesque beaches, Punta Jesus Maria.

A 20 minute bike ride to Moyogalpa, the island's main town. This town has a dozen restaurants, banks(ATM) and friendly welcoming locals. A bus passes near your house travelling in both directions on a regular schedule coordinating with all departing foot and car ferries. Taxis are also available by arrangement. 20 minutes in the other direction brings you to the town of San Jose – home to resorts of Chaco Verde, a lovely location to enjoy a sunset meal or drink and frequent cultural performances.

Although the farm is private, the village of Los Angeles is at the top of the picturesque driveway. A traditional square is where the locals and visitors gather at sunset to play, enjoy the lit basketball court or just laze on one of the many park benches. On weekends and holidays, the street vendors set up barbecues. The numerous island rodeos, the world famous fresh water spring and pool, the river kayaking, volcano climbing, waterfall trekking will give you plenty to do and see (if you can drag yourself away from the property!).

Known as the “Oasis of Peace”, this island and this community enjoy a tranquility and happiness that brings visitors back time and time again. There are no fast food joints, no traffic jams nor online obsessions (although the house sports limited wifi it is not available for streaming. There are many places in Moyogalpa to go check your internet, but maybe this is your time to switch off!! Recharging is available at your cost of cordoba 275 daily. Please note that this house is located in Nicaragua, and although the power infrastructure has been improving, there can be power outages on Ometepe and throughout the country.

Come, relax, enjoy! It does not get much better than Los Angeles, Ometepe Island, Lake Nicargua, Nicaragua.

Keywords: waterfront, acreage, private, comfortable, beachfront, outdoor/indoor living

More Details

Moira Property Manager
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Moira Property Manager

My family live on Galiano Island, British Columbia for the warm half of the year and Nicaragua the balance of the year. We came to Ometepe first in 1988 while I directed the documentary film Through the Eyes of Children. In Canada we run the Gulf Islands Film & Television School-GIFTS.

Moira Property Manager purchased this villa in 2006

Why Moira Property Manager chose Rivas Department

This property enjoys the best this country has to offer. A very safe friendly village is at the end of our driveway. The breeze off the lake is always refreshing. We are just minutes from the new airport and the ferry terminal. This is truly a piece of paradise.

What makes this villa unique

We are big on walking lightly on the planet and as such have designed an energy efficient home. NO air conditioning is every bedroom is equipped with a quiet fan. We have also equipped the house with 6 bicycles including a tandem.


Rivas Department Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On-demand hot water
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Cold water only
  • 2nd floor bathroom has full size bath tub and hot water. Ground floor bathroom has ceramic tiled shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Top bunk is twin-sized; bottom bunk is double-sized.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 bicycles
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

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Large family/fun home! Great views!
average rating of 4.25 based on 12 reviews

Spacious house with excellent outside areas

  • 5 of 5

My family and I throughly enjoyed our stay at the house. It was very spacious, had great outside seating and hammock areas, and we reasonably well located on the island. The view out the back overlooking the lake is very nice and a great sight for both sunrise and sunset. We arranged through the host for food to be prepared, and the prices were reasonable and the food was superb! Would definitely recommend staying here if you're a group in the 5-8 range on the island.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old Fashioned Tropical Living

  • 3 of 5

This is a pleasant house a few hundred meters back from the water. The porches capture the Ometepe breezes very nicely, and you'll find yourself sitting out on them day and night. The bedrooms don't benefit as much from cross-breezes as as one might expect, and to sleep comfortably most people will want to have the upstairs doors open, which means no mosquito screens. For us, in dry season, this wasn't a problem, but I'd be cautious at times of year when insects are more prevalent. The house is quite well located for Ometepe attractions such as the Concepcion trail and Charco Verde--and really, everything on the island is pretty close. It's in an interesting, untouristed village. There are no beaches on the lake here (it's a swampy shoreline), but if you're a bit intrepid you can reach a shore path where you can see the daily fishing activities. Inside the house, you are living in the old tropical way, without much contrast between outdoors and in. If you can't bear some sand, dirt in the corners, the odd cobweb, and a few stray insects, this isn't the place for you. If you like old fashioned beach houses, it could be just right. Housekeeping is casual and, although the owners believe the caretaker cleans daily and mention this in welcome materials, this does not occur. The owners do provide excellent and accurate written info about the surroundings. The house has two baths (1950's style), with one of them upstairs with the 4 bedrooms and one downstairs. The kitchen is charmingly old fashioned as well, but quite functional--you can prep meals for a group with no problem.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really enjoyed our stay!

  • 4 of 5

We loved feeling like we were in the middle of all this rural life-the pigs sauntering by early morning, the chickens (maybe not the roosters), the cows and their caballeros on the beach and in the water. The caretakers, their children and dogs were so sweet. Karla made us a delicious meal one night and came back the next night to teach us how to make her delicious tostones. The house is basic but very functional and comfortable and has a lovely view and setting. It was nice to have bikes to ride and the bus stop is close though I wouldn't have minded having a car for a day or two for more exploring. Actually I could have used another day or two just to sit on the back porch and enjoy the view and the sound of urraka birds and the wind in the trees.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you appreciated Ometepe Island, the magic of our lakeside farm and the wonderful caretakers that are always there for our guests. I will let Karla and her family know how happy you all were on your visit.
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Great Ometepe house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at George and Karen's lovely home. Ometepe is a magical place and the house is perfectly situated for exploring all around. The local folks were great and we relaxed at the house and were able to get to town easily when we wanted to shop or go out to eat. We heartily recommend it to anyone lucky enough to spend time in Nicaragua......

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely buggy and hot

  • 2 of 5

I really hate to write bad reviews especially when the owner and property managers are so nice and accommodating, but I don't want others to rent this place and have the same experience we did. The house was cleaned for our arrival and the caretakers had picked a basket of fruits from the garden. The owner was easy to deal with and gave a lot of information about the area.

The problem was mostly the incredible amount of bugs in the house even though we kept the doors closed and only had the windows with screens open. (Some of the windows wouldn't open because of the amount of dead bugs and gecko poop.) We had to walk around in our shoes because we kept hearing the crunch of bugs under our feet. At night, there were all kinds of flying insects attracted to my reading lamp. I had to keep brushing insects off as I read. We had to keep swatting flies away as we sat at the table trying to book another place with sweat running down our bodies from the heat. There is only one ceiling fan in the whole house. The standing fans were inadequate for cooling at night. We were unpleasantly hot whenever we were in the house so we just tried to get out and enjoy the island as much as possible.

The furniture in the living room is so dingy looking we didn't want to sit on it.

The house is well stocked with everything you need for the kitchen, sheets, towels, etc. The grocery stores on the island are completely inadequate for shopping though so I recommend you go out to eat instead especially since you have to fend off hordes of ants while trying to cook.

I feel the house is overpriced considering its condition and the other prices in Nicaragua.

The island of Ometepe itself is tranquil and rustic. When we were there in May it was very dry and dusty as it is the end of the dry season.

I am sorry our experience here was not good. We have been staying at VRBO rentals for three months now in Mexico and Central America and this is one of the few places we could hardly stand to last three nights in.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was surprised and disappointed to hear of this family's experience. I asked our Ometepe neighbours about the bugs and heat as we were in Canada. She explained that May was the hottest month on record with temperatures above 40 C for most of the month and not a breath of wind. We visit our house between November and March and find the climate excellent. There are powerful fans in all the bedrooms but we seldom turn them on. The trade winds blow across the island during those months. Although we have never experienced the "bug invasion", locals tell us that sometimes when the wind disappears swarms of chayules literally block the sun... "My house is overflowing…jam-packed…filled to the rafters…overrun with chayules." complained a neighbour during May's invasion. This does happen but not when the Trades are blowing. (chayules are tiny and go through the screens) We are fond of the wicker furniture and the newly reupholstered cushions (July '15) are attractive and comfortable. We have been renting our Ometepe house for 9 years and this review was truly a shock. This was also the first May rental we have had and will warn people about the possible heat and chayule issues in the future. We were happy to hear that our farm manager was courteous and helpful!
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Tropical Paradise Discovered

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Nicaragua, and it won't be our last. We had a wonderful time at George and Karen's lovely spacious house, which would be just as perfect for a families travelling together as it would for a romantic getaway for two. We explored the safe and friendly island -- the natural spring-fed outdoor pool Ojo de Agua was a huge hit with our young teenage daughter -- and we loved the local Punta beach, and ate very well at the nearby lakeside restaurant, a beautiful short walk away in the moonlight. The locals were very helpful: just tell people you are staying at George and Karen's and you're immediately a neighbour, not just a visitor. The property is lush, although we were sorry we were just too early for the avocado and mango harvest. We biked, we swam, we saw the rodeo. We ate, we drank. We spent tranquil candlelit evenings with cold beer and wine on the big deck (we have infinitely more mosquitoes in Canada!) and watched dawn coming up over the farm from the upper deck in the mornings. Coffee and the dawn chorus; palm trees; beautiful birds, and a view to the lake -- all before breakfast on the deck and a morning snooze in one of the hammocks. The lakewater is deliciously warm, and the swimming is safe for even the little ones. If you can stand the excitement, there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants near the ferry, but then you have to get out of the hammock... It's paradise. The cost of living's extremely reasonable, and we were able to take a number of side trips off the island to the coast (San Juan Del Sur will give you all the nightlife you could possibly ask for -- and more), to the spectacular crater lake, Laguna de Apoyo, and to beautiful colonial Grenada -- but it was hard to leave our new island home. And the hammocks. Did I mention the hammocks? And dawn on the deck? And the soft dark nights? And cold beer from the fridge? Can't wait to go back. Save me a hammock. And a beer. I think I'll have a bit of a snoo...

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
la Paloma International open 6/1/13
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Moyogalpa or San Jose
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
0.25 Kilometres
la bonita
Car: not necessary

The Ometepe museum, La Ceiba is a 15 minute bike ride away or 3 minutes in a lively local bus. World famous fresh water spring and pool, Ojo de Agua is 20 minutes by bus.




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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