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Casa la Selva - The Jungle House @ Colorados & Panga Drops Surf Breaks

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 in luxury Casita....or 4 in Main Casa only....or 6 in Both

Get in touch via Nicaragua365 for small groups and best prices. Look up Casa La Selva, Nicaragua365... easy to find. Lots of extra information here, including local activities and literally 10's of thousands of local surf photos organized into report by break & date spanning back 7 years.

There's also a full virtual reality tour, video and aerial video of the house and area.

World class surfing - Located within the confines of Hacienda Iguana, and 50 steps to our beach with Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks!

Casa La Selva is located halfway between our two famous surf breaks. Only 50 steps down our jungle path onto our beautiful beach/sand/surf where you can scope out each surf spot - decide which is best for you - Colorados is 200 yards to the left, Panga Drops is 200 yards to the right!

Several Renting Options:

Sleeps 2 in luxury Casita....or 4 in Main Casa only....or 6 in Both

Casita la Selva - Deluxe Studio, sleeps 2 (1 bedroom, 1 bath)

Casa la Selva - Main House, sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths)

Casa & Casita - Rented together, sleeps 6, (3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths)

Note: We accept PayPal/CCs & checks for pre-payments.

Casa la Selva is FULLY LOADED with high quality accommodations at an incredible value, offering all modern conveniences and comfort in this remote area at a most reasonable price. Surrounded by a beautiful, lush jungle garden, we provide a large infinity pool, large covered lanais with ceiling fans, and a Standby Generator that can power the entire grounds when the local power goes out (which happens fairly regularly, this is a big bonus!). For your convenience, our English & Spanish speaking concierge and his team are here to meet your needs, including arranging any excursions, meal plans, food deliveries, and transportation.

For more details, read on.....

--- Luxury accommodations at the Beach...lush Jungle...epic Surf

--- 50 steps to the sand & beach with world class surfing at Colorados & Panga Drops!

Enjoy a week or an extended stay in this beautiful home on the Pacific Coast of Southern Nicaragua. Casa la Selva is ideal for surfers and beach-goers that want to be right at the beach, steps from the sand & incredible surf, but that also want to experience the natural beauty and lush, unique jungle flora & fauna that this area has to offer. Located in the secure, gated community of Hacienda Iguana, 50 steps away from the sand & surf, this beautiful private home has all the amenities of a resort-style vacation, without the crowds. And with some of the best quality surf in Nicaragua and Central America.

The Main House has 2 master ensuite bedrooms with an additional 1/2 bath off the great room. The Casita is a deluxe studio with all the modern conveniences and charm of the main house. Each house is FULLY loaded with amenities, equipped with granite / stainless kitchens, expansive showers with natural stone, artisan furniture, luxury bedding, wireless internet, SatelliteTV, iPhone/iPod/CD stereos, dishwashers, fully automatic standby generator and a beautiful multi-level infinity pool surrounded by lush jungle habitat. There are covered patios with beautiful custom nicaraguan hardwood furniture, a large covered lanai adjacent to the pool, and lanais with rocking chairs overlooking the jungle & garden areas as well.

Rented together, the property sleeps 6. Rented separately, the Main House sleeps 4, or the Casita sleeps 2. Each bedroom can be set-up with 1 King or 2 Xtra-Long Twin beds for use as a couple or a share (super comfy mattresses!).


From Casa la Selva you are 50 steps to the sand of Playa Iguana and surf spots like Colorados and Panga Drops, offering some of the best surf in Central America. The house is designed for luxury and surfing, with secure outside surf closets, and is located approximately half-way between two world-class surf breaks, Colorados and Panga Drops, with several other peaks inbetween. Casa la Selva hosted the 2012 ISA Hawaiian Surf Team (including Sunny Garcia, Rochelle Ballard, & Mike Latronic) who won first place at the event held at our famous beach break, Colorados. See their testimonials below.

No matter what kind of board you ride, there are several different types and sizes of waves waiting for you at Casa la Selva. And we can arrange surf tours (by boat or auto) to some of the other surf spots nearby that Southern Nicaragua has to offer. We can also set up a surf photographer for your session (or for any activity).

Playa Iguana/Playa Colorado, including Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks, is one of the country's finest surfing locations. Colorados is a hollow, tubing beach break with many peaks, while Panga Drops is a mellower A-framing rock reef & sand break. And there are several other peaks/breaks along our ½ mile stretch of beach.


Located within our quaint Hacienda Iguana community, the golf course is the only coastal golf course in Nicaragua. This 9 hole course is less than 1/2 mile from Casa la Selva and is virtually yours as you play with no crowds whatsoever and with its perfectly manicured year round conditions. The course really is a lot of fun, with a beautiful, tropical environment and some amazing views. Our renters also have full access to Iguana's Beach Club located near the Colorados surf break a couple hundred yards down the beach from Casa la Selva; it contains a swimming pool, relaxation area, a restaurant, a beach side bar, BBQ, palapas, and volleyball court.

In the community of Hacienda Iguana there are a few restaurants on site (and several more close by). Pili's kitchen is located right down the street at the Beach Club and offers mediterrannean home cooking (see the excellent restaurant reviews on line). Also there is Don Eloy's restaurant & bar that serves some basic foods, including sandwiches, salads, wings and pizza. A small cafe with basic breakfast, lunch, and smoothie items is also available. And there are a handful of other local restaurants out the front gate in the nearby towns, including a beautiful restaurant on the ocean within Rancho Santana (reservations required).


Massages and Yoga, by trained/experienced professionals, can be scheduled at the house for your convenience, also regular sessions are available across the street (at Mark & Dave's Place), and also on site at The Aqua Spa which is located near the local town of Gigante, a 20 minute drive/taxi down the beach. Aqua is tastefully built into a local hillside with incredible private/couple massages, yoga classes/sessions, beautiful views, including a quiet beach cove, and a quaint restaurant and beach-side bar. A 'must visit.'


Fully prepared meal plans can be provided for 4 people or more. For $30-$40/person/day you will arrive to a kitchen stocked full of food and drink (including beer and rum) and food preparation/cooking is provided. Arranging this service will allow you to head straight from the airport to the house and beach without the hassle of shopping and spending time in a grocery store. Up to three delicious, healthy, and generous meals can be prepared daily by the staff allowing you to relax and enjoy your vacation completely. More details and a list of meals offered is available upon request. This is a great way to go.

Also consider fresh fish deliveries daily from Manuel...and fresh vegetable deliveries as well....this is really cool...our team can arrange this for you.


Fly into Managua Intnl Airport (MGA), the capital city of Nicaragua. From there it's a 2 ½ hour drive south to Nicaragua's southwest Pacific coast (we're approximately 30 miles north of Costa Rica). You don't necessarily need to rent a car; we offer very reasonable and accommodating transportation services to/from the airport as well as for any sightseeing or visiting the surrounding areas. This is a great way to go. But you can rent a car and it's relatively easy to find your way; we can provide directions (directions also available on our personal website...see link below). Or if you'd prefer airport transfers are available.

See our personal website for additional information and pictures (see 'Links to more information' below).

Note: Calendar only reflects when both houses are booked, so individual houses may be booked during days seen as open - pls inquire about availability.

Keywords: Casa la Selva, Casita la Selva, The Jungle House, The Jungle House Nicaragua, Nicaragua Surf Vacation, Luxury Beach House, Surfing Nicaragua, Playa Iguana, Hacienda Iguana, Colorados, Panga Drops, Jungle Surf

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Dave

We are two couples from the San Francisco Bay area who have been dear friends and long-time travel companions. We decided to purchase property in this beautiful area and build a vacation home together.

Dave purchased this house in 2012

Why Dave chose Rivas Department

Captivated by its wild beauty, charming people, and consistent high quality surf, we fell in love with the Pacific Tola Riviera on our first visit in 2008.

What makes this house unique

Surf the Pacific Coastline of beautiful Nicaragua.

Casa La Selva is 50 steps from the beach and world-class surf breaks, Colorados and Panga Drops.

With year round swells, surfing is always an option. No matter what kind of board you ride, there are several different types and sizes of waves waiting for you, just steps away from Casa la Selva.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a great time! My husband and I stayed in the Casita for 10 nights and when arrived James had 2 bikes waiting for us; the best mode of transportation within Hacienda Iguana. The locals were super friendly. Cook for yourselves or have it catered through James...that's the best way to go! The restaurants within the community left us unsatisfied and wishing we cooked "at home". We especially loved the fisherman who showed up almost everyday on his motorcycle with a cooler full of fish, lobster and shrimp. For a short adventure outside the gate go to Pili and Mon's Kitchen. Fantastic food and totally unexpected. Two cool Spanish chicks cooking their butts off!

We came to Nicaragua to escape the busyness of everyday life and if you are looking for sunshine, beaches, relaxation and good surf this is the place to visit! We will definitely be back soon. Thank you James and we'll see you again real soon!
Nov 2012
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Rivas Department House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For 2 or less paying guests the Casita will be booked. The main house may be rented independently. Pool is for main house guests unless unoccupied.
  • For 3 to 4 paying guests the main house will be booked. And please note that the Casita may be rented independently.
  • For 5 to 6 paying guests the main house & Casita will be booked.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Guest bathroom
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or 2 Extra Long Twins (bedroom #3 is deluxe studio)
  • 1 King or 2 Xtra-Long Twin beds available for each and every bedroom, your option (with very comfortable custom mattresses).
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
50 steps to the sand & surf. Fully Loaded! Gas generator can power the entire property on occasions of electric failure. Beautiful jungle flora; large multi-level infinity pool; 3 Outdoor warm water Showers (1 private poolside); large covered patio with dining table for 6, Chaise lounges, Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs; 3 separate external surfboard/wet-wear closets (fits longboards too; securable); surfboard rentals at NSR surf shop 1 mile away; boogie boards; beach towels; large flat screen TVs/Apple TV/Wii; iPhone/iPod/CD Stereo; A/C & ceiling fans thru-out; dual-pane windows/sliders with screens and black-out linen blinds for privacy; open great room format w/ vaulted ceilings, large refrigerators, bottled water provided, dishwashers, gas ranges, microwave; bedrooms configurable with King or Xtra-Long Twin beds; brand new luxury mattresses; in-room safes, beautiful ensuite bathrooms have expansive showers & natural stone floors, dual shower heads & benches


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Casa la Selva - The Jungle House @ Colorados & Panga Drops Surf Breaks
average rating of 4.862069 based on 36 reviews

Great value, steps from Beach

  • 5 of 5

The Casita is perfect for a couple or single traveler. Beautifully constructed with lots of space, high ceilings, large bathroom and well equipped kitchen. One of the best values in the area and you can use the pool at main house if it's not rented.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Oasis

  • 4 of 5

We loved the area and the place. We stayed at the garden apartment and one thing to know is that it is BEHIND the house. I would not say you have access to the pool or anything, if another family is staying in the big house. The roads are muddy dirt roads, and it's tricky even walking on them...on the other hand, you are mere seconds from epic surf. The beach is great and you feel secure there. Some of the best surfing I saw on the whole trip was at Colorado. One day, the surf shop guy told me it was basically 'flat' today....I paddled out to Panga Drops and it was way definition of flat in Florida does not come close to matching.

The owners of the Casita, are very attentive, and any issues we had were resolved quickly. You will need to bring food. there are a few nice places to eat, but a real grocery store is a long way away...and by grocery store, I mean Maxi Poli. There are a couple of convenience stores, and they have a lot of surfer style food, but coffee, OJ, Milk, stuff like that, I'd bring with me. The houses in this area are like mansions to other places we stayed in Nicaragua...kind of an Oasis. may see monkeys right behind the house!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet little casita

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Casa la Selva. It was perfect for 2. We especially loved sweet Lulu (the house cat) who followed us everywhere. The Casita had everything we needed with close proximity to everything we wanted to do. A must stay for sure. We'll be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Casita

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at Casita La Selva. The king-size bed was extremely comfortable, there was AC, wifi, and all the amenities needed to cook. There is even a washer and dryer in the house, and a friendly cat, Lulu, that pops by to say hi on the porch in the evenings.

Iain is beyond helpful -- he coordinated our rides to and from the airport, coordinated with Manuel to bring us delicious fish (fresh dorado and lobster tail) whenever we inquired about it, and set up massages at the house. He also told us about beach volleyball at Pilli's and helped us rent bikes for the week. Iain is incredibly friendly and was always available to help us out!

The Casita is about halfway between both Panga and Colorados, and is only steps from the beach. On bikes we got down to Pilli's in a snap for happy hour, and also to the market and Anna's cafe in about 5 minutes, which are both located further back in Hacienda Iguanas.

We will absolutely be back. Thank you Iain for making our stay here so incredible! We can't wait to come back and have dinner with you again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Stayed at Casa Selva for 9 nights. Great location close to everything that Iguana has including the surf breaks at playa colorados. House is very well equipped with all of the essentials you will need during your stay. Best part of the house was Ian and the property manager. They were able to assist us with anything we needed during our stay.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay and surfing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casita La Selva for 5 nights in April. Location is amazing, very close to the beach and to two of the greatest surf spots in Nicaragua. There are some restaurant options outside Hacienda Iguana, if you have a vehicle. We rented a scooter at NSR and it went just well with the options inside. The house is quite new and equipped with what's necessary. Iain (our contact) was always ready to help. It was a great time of surf and sun to relax and enjoy central america.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Managua International (MGA)
Nearest Golf
500 Metres
Hacienda Iguana 9-hole golf course on site
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Hacienda Iguana Beach Club & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Playa Iguana (also called Playa Colorados)
Car: not necessary

World class surfing - 50 steps to the beach with Colorados & Panga Drops surf breaks. Shortboard or longboard, there are several different types & sizes of waves along our ½ mile stretch of beach! 9-hole fully groomed Golf Course (golf carts; equipment, membership rates); Shelling; Boogie Board, Body-Surf, Swim; Fishing Adventures; Fishing from shore; Diving; Horseback Riding; Hiking; Zip Line; Shopping; Yoga/Massage (In-Home or at Aqua Spa & Wellness Center in Gigante); Dining Out; In-home Chef; Action Photography; Mountain Bike Tours; Wildlife Tours; Nature Watching - Howler Monkeys, Jungle Birds; Beautiful Sunsets, amazing Star Gazing.

Full access to Iguana Beach Club pool, bar & restaurant just down the street.

Walk along our beautiful sand & rocky coastline. Take a hike down our beach to the north around Los Perros to the secluded and most beautiful/amazing white beach coves and rocky points. Shopping sprees to the local small city of San Juan Del Sur.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $150

Note: We accept PayPal/Credit Cards, and checks are great for pre-payments.
Please include 4% additional for fees for use of PayPal or Credit Card services.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.