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CASA DEL MAR - beautiful oceanfront house in the center of Las Peñitas

Las Peñitas, Nicaragua
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Beautiful oceanfront home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

New opened upstairs bedroom with balcony and bathroom inside.

We don´t have a/c, wifi or television, but you don´t need this, because there´s always a breeze from the ocean and you can see every night beautiful sunsets and stars.

You will be well taken care of by our wonderful caretakers.

Perfect weather all year round.

Las Peñitas is a still unspoilt small fishing/surfing village where you most of the time have the beach of your own.

The house is right in the center, where you will find restaurants, bars and surf schools. A grocery shop is right in front of the house.

It´s only a short drive to León, where you will find museums churches and nice colonial architecture.


Susanne Ruckgaber

Member Since 2012
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english, french, german, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Susanne Ruckgaber

I´m German and my husband is from Nicaragua, but we both live in Germany at the moment. I lived 3 years in Nicaragua and felt in love with the country and the people.

Susanne Ruckgaber purchased this House in 2015

Why Susanne Ruckgaber chose Leon

We just bought this property in Las Peñitas, because it was always my favorite place and I finally could fulfill my dream to have a property there. I hope in some years we will be able to live there.


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Queen size beds (2) and upstairs king size bed


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, the bathroom is opposite the room, no hot water
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, the bathroom is opposite the room, sink and toilet
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, no hot water, but view on the ocean
      • the 2 bathrooms downstairs are just opposite the rooms, each with toilet and sink.. one with shower. In the upper floor the bathroom is inside the room.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          Beautiful location on gorgeous swim and surf beach with excellent sunsets. Quiet fishing village with several good restaurants nearby
        • Oceanfront
          Volcanic-sand beach out your gate-front - warm ocean swimming, surfing, and fishing, steps away
        • Village
          Lovely small, friendly fishing/surfing village. Quiet and peaceful and relaxing... but with some good food and drinks, and great surf.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Internet
                      we do have internet but it´s sometimes not that fast you´re maybe just to, but there are places nearby with fast internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      excellent quality (Canadian) sheets
                    • Living Room
                      sitting/living area is outside - Nicaraguan style, with a lovely refreshing ocean breeze.
                    • Parking
                      on street or at neighbours'
                    • Towels Provided
                      bath and hand towels included. No beach towels.
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          no microwave - but pretty much everything else you need!
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          one regular size
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              dining area is outside, with ocean view
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  lots - mostly English
                                • Games
                                  cards, backgammon, chess
                                • Toys
                                  boogie boards


                                    • Balcony
                                      with beautiful view on the ocean and great sunsets!
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      so many beautiful flowers!
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      boogie boards


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          outside only!
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          the part downstairs

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              several community pools - and the PACIFIC OCEAN! :)

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Staff


                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • museums
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • photography
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • wind-surfing

                                                                  35 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  rustic beach charm

                                                                  David B.

                                                                  This is a very basic beach front open concept beach dwelling. Really only the bedrooms are contained . the upstairs bedroom is lovely ( lots of bugs but it does have a bug net) and has its own bathroom. the two bedrooms downstairs are dark but at least had bug screens on the windows. bathrooms are outside. one bedroom downstairs had only one window and had a bat in it while we were visiting. to keep the property secure a fair amount of work needs to be done to lock everything up every time you leave.

                                                                  kitchen equipment ( fridge especially) is in poor shape. we think this is due to the fact is is right on the beach. lots of plates, cutlery and utensils.

                                                                  sunsets are amazing. good restaurants near by. small food store just across the street.

                                                                  Local bus drops off just in front of the house and can be very noisy early in the morning.

                                                                  We stayed in the upper bedroom and really enjoyed it. views are great and the ensuite makes it very nice.

                                                                  Great location, not the best value

                                                                  Nili F.

                                                                  The house is perfectly situated for beach and restaurant access.

                                                                  The house is spacious, has nice shaded seating areas and garden.

                                                                  Susanne and Abel (local manager) are both very responsive and helpful.

                                                                  Having said that, there are a few things that we would have been happier with.

                                                                  The house was not clean and was poorly equipped with basic necessities. For the ~$115/night for two we would have appreciated a couple of hand towels in the bathrooms, towels for the beach, clean/newer kitchen towels, a fresh bar of soap in the bathroom, and maybe even shampoo. We had to request extra toilet paper (we were only there for 4 nights) and we barely had enough sugar. The wifi, while not an important part of our vacation, was barely functional.

                                                                  The house in general would benefit from some 'tender loving care' and some upgrades - especially the kitchen.

                                                                  A broader problem of Las Penitas (an in many other parts of Nicaragua) is that local burning does make it hard to enjoy the evenings and nights - especially since one has to keep windows open. (Remember, no A/C.)

                                                                  We did enjoy our stay and would consider returning to Las Penitas. It is still authentic Nicaragua and the people are really great.

                                                                  great view

                                                                  Jan R.

                                                                  I booked this property because of the promise of a view. It did not disappoint. I spent as much time as possible (when not bird watching) on the balcony enjoying the sound of the waves. There were many restaurants easy walking distance, but I should probably have taken up the offer of homemade cuisine by the housekeepers. Benefits of the house were the close proximity and approx. 5 minute walk to boats to Juan Venado Island with stunning birds and turtles hatching. Would definitely stay again. I had GREAT COMPANY.

                                                                  Awesome house

                                                                  Loved the house, in a great location right on the beach. Very private yet open to the ocean. Took ourselves minute to get the way of life here right but as soon as we did...wow. Las penitas is an excellent town and an easy jump to leon and more. Some of the grandest sunsets I've ever seen.

                                                                  Will be back.

                                                                  Fun at the Beach

                                                                  Stephanie H.

                                                                  Just got back from Casa Del Mar three days ago. Loved the spot, loved the house, the town was unique and safe. The house was well equipped, tastefully decorated, and conveniently located.

                                                                  We made a few meals at the house and ate out quite a bit at the wide variety of small restaurants scattered along the main road.

                                                                  The ride into Leon was easy via the Chicken Bus and finding a cab back was just as easy (we spoke no spanish). The upstairs large bedroom is roomy and has a wonderful beach breeze almost all the time.

                                                                  We took surfing lessons from Roger at Pelican Surf just a short walk down the beach, I highly recommend him (they aren't well off and really appreciated the few items of clothing we left behind for him and his wife, they have a 2 yr old son as well that could use a few things). Abel and Sorocco are very friendly and take good care of the place every other day or so. Don't hesitate to ask for something if you notice something is missing, they are glad to help. We didn't find the store across the road to be overly expensive, however it is very basic.

                                                                  The waves are large yes, but we didn't find there to be a huge undertow and the water is quite shallow for a while making it easy to play in the surf while keeping your feet on the ground for safety.

                                                                  April is HOT HOT HOT....didn't get below 40 degrees the whole time (not complaining, just an observation).

                                                                  Barca De Oro, Simple Beach, Sua, and Playa Roca were all places we tried for food and liked every single one for different reasons.

                                                                  We took the bus into town to meet up with Quetzaltrekkers for a Sunset Hike of Volcan Telica....would highly recommend this group as they give away most of their profits to the less fortunate in Leon.

                                                                  We also had Abel pick up food for us because our arrival time would have made it impossible to get anything, he was happy to pick up anything we needed and had the fridge nice and full for our arrival.

                                                                  We definitely recommend this place!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Stephanie, thanks so much for writing this detailed and helpful review. I´m very glad that you enjoyed your stay and it was very nice to talk to you!

                                                                  Great property & location

                                                                  Francine M.

                                                                  Stayed 6 nights in March 2017. This was our second time at this house and we truly enjoyed every day. The location couldn't be better, right on the beach, close to a few local restaurants (there's not many in the entire town). Will definitely return!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Francine, thanks for taking the time to write this nice review and it will be a pleasure to have you back next year!


                                                                  Las Peñitas, Nicaragua

                                                                  Explore Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve, minutes from the house... enjoy excellent surfing and swimming in the warm Pacific waters out your front door. Las Penitas is a small fishing village where, most days, you don't have to share the beach with more than a couple of other people! Cook your own meals in the well-equipped kitchen, or venture out to one of the local restaurants for a delicious, inexpensive meal and sunset view. There are 5 Volcanoes to hike in the surrounding area, and many organized tour operators to choose from, in the nearby city of Leon (a 25 minute bus ride from the beach). Take walking tours of the churches, museums, murals, and ruins, and enjoy the cobblestone streets. friendly people, and wide selection of excellent restaurants and cafes and clubs in Leon city. Purchase the crafts and artesania in Leon's central square, or shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, etc in the covered market closeby. This area is a perfect blend of experiences.... enjoy the activity and sights of the city, and return to the quiet relaxation and beauty of the beach house!


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                                                                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

                                                                  35 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.7/5
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