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Modern 4 bedroom on-the-sand beach house right on the surf break! (sleeps 8)

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 6 nights


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House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


Southern Dream is a landmark beachfront villa located right at the Panga Drops surf break in the Hacienda Iguana resort. The home has 4 spacious bedrooms; two ensuite masters upstairs and two additional bedrooms downstairs with a shared bathroom. You'll be amazed by the glass fronted atrium style living room with soaring ceilings and picture perfect panoramas. The vistas don't stop there - wherever you are in the house sunsets, sunrises, crashing waves and mountain views follow!

****Other Features & Benefits of Southern Dream****

This home was designed to be flexible and each of the four bedrooms includes a converting King/twin bed. Each bedroom has either a pair of twin beds or a king bed, making this property ideal for 8 single travellers, or 4 couples. The beds have specially imported twin XL mattresses (same as those used in college dorms), meaning they are comfortable for adults to sleep in.

Southern Dream has an enviable location on the surf break; staying here, you'll be first out to the line-up and catching waves long before anyone else arrives. Colorados beach break is five minutes walk along the beach. The beachfront pool makes for the ideal spectator spot to watch your loved ones surf, let the kids play or take a dip and wash away the wipeouts after a long surf session. You're sure to enjoy the tropical gardens which are a magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife.

Juanita, the housekeeper, is a friendly yet discreet presence working hard in the background to keep the house spotless. There's also a gardener who drops by daily to keep the pool sparkling and the outdoor areas tidy. Although a safe place, to keep it that way and for your complete peace of mind there's also a night watchman - this is a big convenience allowing guests to come and go as they please without the need for tedious locking up each time you go out. As well as world class, year round surfing the area is great for nature lovers and the adventurous at heart. Activities in the local area include ATV tours, rappelling, hiking, fishing / spear fishing, horseback riding and much more. Hacienda Iguana in which the house is located benefits from a challenging 9-hole golf course where you are likely to see monkeys and other exciting wildlife including sloths, skunks and myriad brightly colored butterflies. There are two restaurants in the resort and several good eateries within 20 minutes drive. For groups of four or more we can organize in house catering. Southern Dream is well located for day trips to nearby Granada & Ometepe. Our house manager and concierge are on hand 24/7 to help guests line up airport shuttles, activities & excursions. Get in touch now and let us help you plan the ultimate Nicaraguan getaway!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
James Hearn
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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About James Hearn

We live at Hacienda Iguana year round with our two kids and dogs Tarzan & Luca. Looking after several homes within the Hacienda Iguana development keeps life interesting and provides us with great opportunities to meet interesting people from all over the world.

James Hearn purchased this house in 2012

Why James Hearn chose Nicaragua

The owners built on this property for its uniquely good location right at the Panga Drops surf break.

What makes this house unique

Beachfront pool with direct views out to the Panga Drops surf break. Spacious home comfortable accommodates up to eight adults.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Modern 4 bedroom on-the-sand beach house right on the surf break! (sleeps 8)
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
San Diego, Ca

Luxurious Escape

  • 5 of 5

I have traveled quite a bit of the world and never have we experienced such personalized service. Not only is this home exquisite with a prime location on a pristine beach, the staff is 5 stars and the concierge service is second to none.

We went so our husbands could surf and found a resort playground for the wives. Massage and horses delivered to the house, personalized tours to experience the country, and the most amazing housekeeping ever. 3 days in my husband asked me if they were washing his clothes as they were all mysteriously clean. They were!

David and James did an amazing job fulfilling my every whim and doing it with a first class touch. We even had a misconnection on our flights with our friends. A quick email and David made arrangements to pick them up at a later time.

When we arrived at the house it was stocked with everything we requested and Cecelia had the most amazing appetizers waiting for us. Please understand, I not only am a foodie but I work in the food industry around some of the best chefs in the world. Cecelia is right there with the best! She prepared beautiful balanced breakfasts at any requested time every day (request the Pitaya juice!) One day when we decided to be lazy she grilled a beautiful pork tenderloin for lunch. And dinner....dinner was always a gourmet treat. One evening she seared off a center cut beef tenderloin perfectly medium rare. It was beautiful and a great display of her culinary expertise. Cecelia we miss you every day!

For surfers, Panga drops is directly in front of the house and is always good. Colorados down the beach is excellent as well but crowded. Definitely go to Pilis for the watermelon're welcome. NSR surf shop delivered and picked up our boards from the house so they were waiting for us upon arrival.

I organize trips around the world for myself and a group of friends. This was by far the easiest process with the most glowing results I have experienced yet. The house is amazing, the service makes it even better. Bravo N360!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great in Southern Dream House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonder vacation in this home. David was a delight to work with and made this the easiest vacation I've ever had. Four of us went to Ometepe , Granada and were lucky enough to view Masaya a true wonder of the world, before we arrived. Our ride was waiting for us at the ferry, and he was the fastest driver we have ever had, just glad Jorge wasn't driving a Porsche! When we arrived at the house and met up with the others, dinner was waiting with amazing drinks. Cecilia is amazing, we choose not to ever go out for a meal, because she was such a good cook, go with the meal plan, well worth the price. David was available by phone or text 24/7, he made a sailing trip happen on short notice and provided a driver for us to go horseback ridding at Rancho Chilamate, well worth the drive, so beautiful highly recommend.

As others mentioned it isn't easy to get around Nicaragua, everything is a drive, but such a beautiful place to see and explore. We went for ice cream everyday and went to the restraint at the end of the beach for drinks. But we had the best of everything at the house. The boys surfed everyday and golfed some and really liked the course. Juanita kept the house very clean and did our laundry every day!

Few FYI's: the house doesn't have shampoo or a blower. The bedrooms, which are beautiful, have air conditioning but the living room, dinning and kitchen does not, I felt sorry for wonderful Cecilia working in that kitchen. There are not many ATM's near, the one by the store and ice cream shop was always out of cash. Every one takes dollars and most prices are in US dollars, so just bring enough, since you are tipping and most restaurants and the grocery store in Iguana take cash only. Don't miss the Nic rum, really good!

We loved the house dog and cat (even though we weren't suppose to feed them....) But this is a hard thing about poor countries. Nicaragua is very clean and the people have a great pride, we loved this country and we are already planning next years trip back and think we will need to rent two house from David, the rest of the family and friends want to come!

Thank you again David for making this a special week.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Canada


  • 5 of 5

The house/villa is just so beautiful and perfect. It looks even better in real life than on the pictures. A real southern dream. The view on the ocean is outstanding. House is meticulously cleaned every day by Juanita who is also a great cook and just a marvellous person. We couldn't not ask for a better service. We were taken care of from the arrival till the departure.

David and his team are just great! Open to any requests and helpful in any way possible.

We loved every second of our stay in this beautiful villa. I would recommend this place to all my friends looking for a special, luxurious get away right in front of the ocean with an endless, almost "all yours" beach.

It was definitely an unforgettable experience.

The common area of the house is very spacious and open, but all the bedrooms are very cozy and private. We travel a lot and saw and stayed in lot of beautiful places, this one is definitely will be a memorable one.

I would return here in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of our Best Trips EVER!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our vacation at Southern Dreams. We are experienced travelers and this trip will go down in our memories as one of the best trips we have had! The house, the staff, the management, the food, and the communication were all fantastic and unparalleled. We rented the house with a group of friends and had six total people. The setup of the house and rooms was perfect—we all had plenty of privacy, restrooms and space. David coordinated our transportation from the airport which was much appreciated and added to the simplicity of planning our stay. James and David answered all my silly questions before we arrived and were able to coordinate our rentals, our day trips, our extra food and beverage needs, yoga at a nearby location, and even an unexpected trip to the clinic for a minor surf injury sustained by one of our party. David made it so easy!

The staff was on point! Cecelia was a top notch cook and we enjoyed everything she made. She was even able to accommodate the pescatarian/vegetarian in our group! The staff was always available without being intrusive.

Having the surf breaks right outside our door was incredible! You cannot ask for a better, more beautiful location. All in all, we enjoyed every minute we stayed at Southern Dreams and are already planning to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carlsbad, CA


  • 5 of 5

This ranks as on of my all time favorite vacations. I thought the house looked amazing before we got there when looking on the computer. Turns out it was even better!

Property Manger: David -10 son got an injury while surfing. David picked us up in 15 minutes, took us to the clinic and made me feel like I was right at home.

Chef: Celia- 10 stars. Fresh homemade juices every single day and delicious Nicaraguan meals. I'm a foodie and I was extremely pleased. I wish she came back with me.

Cooking/Cleaning: Juanita- 10 stars. Like a ninja cleaning lady who would clean everything when you weren't looking. I wish she came back with me too.

I'm reluctantly posting this because I don't want this place to be discovered but also want to give some credit where credit is definitely due.

Thank you everyone for such an incredible week.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Week!!

  • 5 of 5

I was fortunate enough to get invited to vacation with some friends to this amazing home for 8 days. For the price and location, I couldn't say no. I didn't know if the house was going to be one of those situations where it looked to good to be true but the house, the location, and the service far exceeded my expectations. Truly an amazing experience. We were beach front located right in front of Panga Drops. Great surf every day we were there. I planned an excursion into San Juan Del Sur and it was great because they provide me with my own personal driver who showed me and my girlfriend several different landmarks on the way to San Juan Del Sur. Anytime we needed anything at all, David responded almost immediately. Cecilia our personal chef cooked amazing food every day and always surprised us with new items. The resort was very serene and peaceful and it was exactly what was described. Sunsets from the house were gorgeous and breath taking. I can't wait to stay at this house again next year!! Great home, great service, great job!! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Rates & Availability

Rivas Department House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 11 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Green Season May
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Green Season Oct
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 26 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
New Year
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 3 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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 Included
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing

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