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On the Beach - Closest Condo to Panga Drops

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Right on the beach. Best views of Panga Drops and Los Perros Point.

Villa A18 is in the gated community of Hacienda Iguana on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. This condo is a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath ground floor unit right on the beach. It's a corner unit looking straight at the most consistent surf break in Nicaragua, Panga Drops. It's also the most private of the condos, being the corner unit. Whether you surf or are just a beach and ocean lover, the surf is awesome to watch all day, with constant offshore winds and incredible sunsets every evening.

The master bedroom opens directly to the beachfront patio, with ocean views on two sides. It has a queen bed and its own full bathroom. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds and a door to the second full bathroom. There is also a fold out sofa in the living room, making sleeping accomodations for up to 5. The kitchen is fully equipped, there is a/c in all bedrooms and the living area, wifi internet, cable tv, a dvd player and a battery back up system that automatically powers on in case of a power outage. Cleaning service is provided every other day. The pool for the complex is also just steps away and has ocean views as well.

Hacienda Iguana is the ideal community for those who want to surf, golf, explore or just kick back and relax on a breathtaking beach. It is a secure community with two sets of guarded security gates to enter, guards posted around the community as well as full time guards at this condo complex. The security staff in place ensures you will feel secure and comfortable to roam around the community and beach as you please. You will also find that the local community is extremely humble, friendly and helpful.

Villa A18 is located just about 70 yards north of the Panga Drops surf break. Panga Drops is a consistent break that breaks on a horse-shoe shaped rock reef. This wave generally has a mellow take off and a more vertical and playful inside section. Panga Drops is good for long boarders or short boarders, SUPs and boogie boards - it's a fun surf spot! Panga Drops amplifies swells and is usually bigger but more forgiving than Colorados. At the very north end of the beach (70 yards north of the condo) there is a point break, Los Perros Point, that needs a good swell with the right direction to break, but with the right combination it provides fun rights. Colorado's, a world-class rivermouth/beachbreak is just a 15 minute walk south of the condo. Colorados is a fast, barreling wave with many peaks and A-frames. It can be a challenging break and is best for intermediate to expert surfers when the waves get bigger.

For those that don't surf, there are plenty of other great adventures, activities and day trips you can enjoy. We can arrange boat surf or fishing trips leaving from right in front of this condo, if you can swim or paddle out to the boat. Otherwise, we can arrange for you to get your boat out of Gigante, the next cove to the south, if you prefer to load the boat from shore. There are some great hikes in the area to get out and enjoy the amazing views, clean air, nature and wildlife viewing. Hacienda Iguana has it's own challenging 9-hole golf course. A round of golf (18 holes) with golf cart and clubs is only $45/person. On Wednesdays there is an organized afternoon golf scramble for guests and residents. Other available activities in the area include massage, yoga, surf trips by boat or taxi, surf lessons, fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, SUPing, hiking, bike rental, moped rentals, motorcycle rentals, catamaran tours, transportation and/or day trips to get a taste of culture in the surrounding cities or to visit volcanoes, crater lakes and other natural attractions throughout southern Nicaragua.

Our rental management company, Iguana Surf Rentals, is located in Hacienda Iguana and is around and available for anything you might need or help with any questions or concerns. They provide an info guide book in the condo, with information on activities, hikes, day trip ideas, maps, restaurants, local restaurant menus, etc.

Within the community of Hacienda Iguana there are currently six restaurants. The restaurant at the beach club serves healthy and delicious plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a great beach bar with happy hour specials. Don Eloy’s bar and restaurant serves sandwiches, wings, bar food and pizza, has a full bar and is open from 3-11pm. This is also a great place to watch sports games. Scoops and Spokes is an artisan ice cream, coffee and panini shop that also offers bike rentals and tours. They also have a special beer pong night on Saturday evenings and a crepe and mimosa breakfast special on Sundays 9am-12pm. Vana tacos is a taco shop right behind the Iguana Surf Rentals Office and is open for lunch and dinner with veggie, chicken and carne asada tacos and burritos. Casa Madera is a restaurant with local Nicaraguan cuisine, open for lunch and dinner, and located in the wood house just east of the golf condos. Lastly, Casa Ananas (located just east of the golf condos) is open for breakfast and lunch and has delicious plates including vegetarian and Italian options. They also offer special dinner nights with sushi, pizza, Italian or Thai cuisine. Don Eloys, Scoops and Spokes and Vana Tacos are all located in Iguana’s growing commercial center where you will also find a La Fise ATM, NSR Surf Shop, Stop and Go Surf Market (groceries), Satori Spa, Iguana Surf School, and our office, Iguana Surf Rentals and Real Estate.

The Satori Spa and Gift Shop is located in Iguana’s Commercial Center just across from NSR Surf Shop. Satori Spa is a boutique day spa that offers massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing and body treatments and offer in home treatments upon request. They also have a great gift shop with handmade artisan crafts from Nicaragua.

Coco’s Beach Boutique is a small store inside at Casa Ananas (the small white house just east of the golf condos) that offers women’s clothing, jewelry, hats, bags and more.

Amenities Close By but Outside of Iguana:

Just outside of Iguana’s gates (3km away) there is the Rivera Market Place with an Avis Car Rental Company, BAC Bank Branch and ATM, Rivera Market/Grocery Store and Bordport Surf Shop (long term surfboard storage, surfboard sales and retail). There are many other great restaurants within a 10-20 minute drive from Hacienda Iguana.

Car Rentals: There are now 3 car rental agency options that are close by or service the Hacienda Iguana community. There is a Dollar kiosk at the Costa Esmeralda Airport that upon reservation will pick guests up in Iguana and bring them to the airport to get pick up a car (free of charge). There is an Avis car rental office in Riviera Market, just outside of Iguana’s gates. They do not deliver cars or pick up guests but you can get a taxi out to the office to pick up a car. A reservation is suggested as their inventory is limited. Lastly, Alamo will deliver and pick up vehicles to and from your rental property in Hacienda Iguana for a $40 fee. They bring their vehicles up from San Juan del Sur so a reservation is required.

Yoga/Fitness Class Schedule: Drop in yoga classes are held at the small beachfront palapa at Mark and Daves and are $12/person. Mark and Dave’s is located in the middle of Iguana beach, just south of Panga Drops where there is a large palapa and small palapa right next to each other. The Yoga schedule is the following: Tuesday (Intro to Ashtanga) at 10am, Thursday (Vinyasa Flow) at 10am and Sunday (Yin) at 10am. Private yoga and fitness classes at your rental property are also available for $60 for 1-4 people and $12 for each additional person.

Golf Scramble: Every Wednesday there is a golf scramble for $25 per person, which includes 9 holes of golf, golf clubs, golf cart, dinner and 1 non alcoholic beverage. Please meet at the Pro Shop at 2:30pm if you would like to play.

Bicycle or Golf Cart Rentals: We can organize a bicycle or golf cart rental for your stay to make it easier to get around and explore the area. Guided mountain bike tours are also available and give you a chance to see howler monkeys, iguanas, a sloth and other wildlife. Please let us know and we would be happy to make a reservation for you. The golf carts must stay on the interior roads of Iguana.

Activities: We would also be happy to organize activities and transportation for you during your stay. There will be an info guide in your condo with all the activity and day trip options including; boat trips (surf, fish or site-seeing), catamaran tours, surf board rentals, surf lessons, surf photography, massage, yoga, moto rentals, bike rentals, golf cart rentals, horseback riding, atv tours, kayaking, spanish lessons and more. Please feel free to contact us by email, call us with the phone provided in the property or set up any of these activities at your check in.

Real Estate: If you are interested in checking out the available real estate in Iguana while you are here, please let us know and we would be happy to show you around.

Important Info: Please make sure and stock up on groceries and fill your car up with gas on your way to Iguana. Rivas is your last chance for a large grocery store and gas station and is 45 minutes from Hacienda Iguana. There are a few small markets or convenience stores in the area where you can re-stock on essentials but it is best to do the bulk of your shopping in Rivas.

More Details

Property Manager
Vana Rentals
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Vana Rentals

I live in Venice Beach, California, and I've been traveling to Central America for surf since the early 1990s. At first I only went to Costa Rica, but once I discovered Nicaragua it was hard to stay away. The surf is more consistent, and the offshore winds blow 300 days a year in this area, so the conditions are excellent. I bought my first properties in 2005, but I found myself surfing Panga Drops so much that I had to get this condo when it came available, as it's the closest condo to this fantastic surf break.

Vana Rentals purchased this condo in 2013

Why Vana Rentals chose Tola

It's the closest condo to Panga Drops, and it's right on the beach with incredible views. And because it's the corner unit, it's private and quiet.


Tola Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms with showers, no bathtubs. Master bedroom has a private bath. The second bedroom has a door to the second bath which can be made private.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen bed in master bedroom (with awesome surf views), Two twin beds in the guest bedroom, Queen fold out sofa bed in the living room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Meal package options are available. Please inquire.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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On the Beach - Closest Condo to Panga Drops
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Come for the prepared for a few glitches

  • 4 of 5

I will try to be as honest as possible here. We travel a bit and understand what to expect when going to a developing country. I would say, for the American tourist, you will love your stay here as long as you keep in mind you are not in the U.S. and not everything will go as smoothly as if you were staying at a U.S. property. We were picked up from the airport in Managua and the drive was excellent. the driver stopped off at a market that appears to cater to tourists. The prices were comparable to the U.S. other than wine which was very expesive for brands someone might know. We arrived at our condo only to realize the power was completely out at the complex due to a downed power line. This wasn’t really an issue except there were no candles or flashlights. Ryan and Annie brought us a flashlight which was helpful. There were four adults and one child but we had a hard time finding enough bedding for the 5th person. The kitchen has very few items in it so this might not be the place to stay if you plan on cooking elaborate dinners (or even cookie sheet). We had a Nicaraguan cook come in and make us lunch and dinner each day. Her husband caught fresh fish and the food was amazing. Our only negative comment would probably be that while most of the meals were more than we could eat, the final meal consisted of 5 small fish tacos and nothing else (for 4 adults). It was, however, delicious so all is forgiven. We ordered a golf cart and Annie and Ryan arranged for that. The first day we had a cart it died on the road in complete darkness. We hobbled back to condo and, when looking at the battery, realized it hadn’t really been maintained. Luckily they replaced it promptly and the next cart was great. On the second day here, the A/C went out in one of the bedrooms. I’ll have to say it wasn’t a big deal because we found it plenty cool without it. Now for all the great stuff.....Location, location, location. The view is amazing and it’s so quiet and peaceful. I was amazed at how few people there were on this beautiful beach. Our daughter had an amazing time playing in the pool, riding (and driving on grandpa’s lap) the golf cart and going to scoops for ice cream. If you would like to eliminate distractions from your vacation and opt for family time where you can watch the sea all day and night this is the place for you. Just be ready for things to not run perfectly (which was okay with us). Pure Massage is also recommended. Terra was great

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michelle Thank you so much for the review. We know we had many inconveniences for your stay and we tried to be as helpful as possible. We will definitely look into the kitchen supplies for our future guests. Thanks again for your kind comments. Ani Vana Vacation Rentals
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Father and Son Surf Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

My son and I stayed at the Hacienda Iguana (Villa A18) in Playa Colorados during an early May 2017 surf trip. We enjoyed the facility and had the best spot at Panga Drops for going out and catching waves all day! I would highly recommend this establishment to others, and will be booking with Iguana Surf Rentals and Real Estate again when traveling back to Nicaragua to surf in future!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent locaton and meal plan was the best.

  • 5 of 5

Just what the doctor ordered great location very good surf beautiful sunsets

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Such a great stay!

  • 5 of 5

I had such a great time staying at the resort. Everything was prepared and clean, awesome view, great people and in general a nice place.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place to vacation

  • 5 of 5

We love Iguana and this condo. It is great corner condo that offers increased privacy. You can sit in the shade of your porch and enjoy the view and watch the kids or walk a few steps and be in the ocean. We are not surfers but the waves were great and I would recommend this place to anyone that just wants a great vacation. Seth and Roger were extremely helpful, kind and easy to work with. We went hiking, boogie boarding, played in the waves, swam in the pool, looked for shells and just enjoyed chilling with our family. The week prior to our stay we traveled a lot so we were happy to stay put but there are a lot of other activities you can do in the area like fishing, surfing, repelling etc. We are already talking about how we can return to Iguana.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you LOVE the sea this is the place to be!. The location of the apt is optimal, you can see and hear the sea from the master bedroom, and living kitchen area. The small terrace is located just facing the beach. It is so beautiful in the morning to wake up and take a long walk or a matinal jog throught the beach. A must for "sea lovers"!. The apt is clean and well kept. The iguanarentals personel is extremely helpful and kind, Seth came by to see if we needed anything.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Emerald Coast International (ECI)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Iguana Beach Club Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Iguana Beach Club Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
Playa Iguana
Car: not necessary

Hacienda Iguana is most well known to surfers as it is the community that boasts the world famous surf break, Colorados, as well as 2 other breaks, Panga Drops and Los Perros Point but is truly a wonderful vacation spot for anyone. Hacienda Iguana's 3 kilometer beach is absolutely gorgeous and there is a 9 hole golf course within the community. Activities available in the area include; massage, yoga, surf trips by boat or taxi, surf lessons, fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, SUPing, hiking, bike rental, moped rentals, moto rentals, catamaran tours, transportation and/or day trips to get a taste of culture in the surrounding cities or to go visit volcanoes, crater lakes and other natural attractions throughout southern Nicaragua.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

*7th night free for rentals from October to February (excluding holidays)
*10th night free for rentals March to September (excluding holidays)

*Rates include your payment processing fee.

Cancellations made more than sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the rental period will be fully refunded less a $50 administration fee. Cancellations made thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the rental period forfeit 20% of the Deposit plus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations thirty (30) days or less from the beginning of the rental period forfeit all of the deposit. For any cancellation, if Iguana Surf Rentals is able to rent the property for the same dates and fee then the deposit will be fully refunded less a $50 administrative fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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