Enchanted Monkey House with breathtaking ocean views
Dan and Donna
- english, Our property manager Maria speaks Spanish/English
About Dan and Donna
Welcome to our beautiful home (Donna’s tikki hut on the beach), a dream of mine for many, many years that my wonderful husband Dan helped turn into reality. I am a Nurse Practitioner in the Houston area as well as a Colonel in the US Army Reserves, having served for 23 years. Dan is a Petroleum Engineer and Pipeline Project Manager. We have four grown children and one grand-daughter. We started this journey to build our dream home in Mar 2013 and after two short years it has become a reality.
Dan and Donna purchased this House in 2014
Why Dan and Donna chose Paradise Bay
We visited Cozumel, Cancun, Honduras and Belize searching for the perfect place to build my tikki hut before touring Nicaragua for a week. We found this gorgeous property on our very first visit and knew it was the one we had been looking for. We love the beautiful country of Nicaragua, the gentle people with their fun loving nature, the tropical climate and the never ending list of things to do. Our Casa de Mono brings us serenity and peace, and has been a place for relaxation and rejuvenation.
What makes this House unique
Sitting roughly 100 feet above the water on a Pacific cliff, our location is second to none in San Juan del Sur. Our villa is nestled in a private cove with amazing views of Costa Rica, the Pacific Ocean, Paradise Bay and Gorilla Head Rock, with easy access to water, sun, surf and fishing, but still only five minutes from San Juan del Sur city central where you will find limitless bars and restaurants, chocolate covered bananas, Gelato and among other things, the first micro-brewery and best live blues in Nicaragua. Additionally, we are close to a variety of other activities including horseback riding, zip-lining, volcano climbing, golfing, four-wheeling and much more. Our house offers a security system with 24/7 monitoring and response from town, plus on-site caretakers who live in a casita next door to the main house. Our caretakers Yubran and Yolanda only speak Spanish, so bring a translator if you are non-Spanish speaking (like us). They are wonderful and accommodating people who can provide a variety of services including cleaning, cooking, laundry, and babysitting (an additional fee may be required). San Juan del Sur is known as the jewel of Nicaragua by its people. It is a remarkably casual and sleepy fishing village that is home to many US and Canadian expatriates, catering as well to a wide range of foreign visitors from all over the world. The people of San Juan are very warm, welcoming, gentle and honest. Hanging out in San Juan causes time to slow down, and helps to decompress and heal from the pace of real life.
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This house is amazing, pictures are spot on and as described. The rooms are large, the house is spotless, the pool and view are amazing. The walk to the beach is a must do and we did it daily. We loved sitting on the deck listening to the ocean, sitting at the swim up bar enjoying the view, and watching the sunset from the beach. The kitchen is well stocked with everything needed for preparing meals, the outdoor grill is large enough to cook for a large group, and the fridge in the swim up is an added convience.
Our two week stay was not long enough! We enjoyed every minute of it and would go back again.
The caretakers are wonderful, and take excellent care of the house and grounds.
The location of the house made for a peaceful and secluded trip away from town but still close enough to stores, beaches, and restaurants.
All of our questions during the booking process, before our stay, and during our stay were answered in a timely manner. There is a book on the counter with all kinds of information about the house, the area, and local activities. We utilized this book for trips to town and planning excursions.
We enjoyed every minute of our trip and would go back again.
Thank you Dan and Donna for an amazing vacation experience.
If you're looking to step away from it all, soak in sun with sweeping views - Enchanted Monkey House is the perfect place to do it. The pictures and all descriptions are all accurate - you will not be disappointed. Dan and Donna are incredibly warm and gracious. They provide an extensive breakdown before arrival - what to expect at the house and surrounding area - i highly recommend reading through carefully as it's very informative. Definitely rent a 4 Wheel Drive to tackle the steep hills and unpaved roads, and to get yourself to surrounding areas like Playa Hermosa. Spent 5 nights with three friends and we all wish we had more time at the house - just means we'll have to visit again.
a beautiful home with a stunning view
My husband and I stayed at Casa de Mono March 5th -19th 2018. Two full weeks of perfect weather and accommodations.
The house is exactly as depicted with 3 large bedroom suites, each with their own ensuite bathroom. There are 2 additional powder rooms for shared use. The floor plan is well laid out and obviously thoughtfully designed to maximize the use of the shared spaces, the private bedroom areas and the view from every room.
The view. The view. The view.
(Because we were only one couple, we used the upstairs space and kept the downstairs rooms closed. This house would be ideal for three couples if you like to share your vacation. We don't.
This house was still perfect.)
We have been renting vacation homes for approx. the last ten years and this was probably one of the best equipped and laid out houses we have had the pleasure of renting.
The kitchen has everything you need to cook great meals at home, which we did often, and a BBQ located in the pool bar.
Yep, there is even a sunken pool bar with an outdoor beer/wine fridge.
The infinity pool is a good size with bar stools to "belly" up to the bar. The pool is cleaned daily and is spotless and a refreshing but pleasant temperature. Not sure how they manage to keep that water from heating up.
The property is spotlessly maintained by onsite caretakers who are absolutely lovely and accommodating.
All of the outdoor spaces are wonderful, both upstairs and down. You will be mesmerized by the view (did I already mention the view?) and watching folks fish from boats and the rocks below. In March (dry season) there were no bugs, day or night.
You can access the beach using easily managed stairs.
Be prepared for a bit of a hike/drive into town. It is just a couple of kms. but the roads are steep. There are lots of restaurants and stores/markets in San Juan del Sur where you can eat out or purchase groceries to eat at home. Both are very affordable options.
This is the perfect spot for the laid back type of vacation that we enjoy, but would also be perfect for a group that wants the perfect place to return to at the end of a day of site seeing or beaching.
Dan makes the rental process easy and provides useful and detailed information about car rentals, taxis, restaurants and food.
Our first morning we watched monkeys playing in the trees nearby.
This is indeed an enchanted monkey house. You will not be disappointed.
Monkey House is the most perfect place to spend your vacation! I don't think it can get much better than this. The house itself is beautiful, comfortable and clean and the views of the ocean and sunset are spectacular.
During low tide my friends and I went hiking along the rocks out to the monkey head. It was such a fun activity and allowed us to get some exercise while on vacation.
You will not be disappointed if you book this house for your stay in Nicaragua!
Thank you Dana, we are happy you enjoyed yourselves and welcome you back any time. The best of luck to you and yours in all of your future endeavors!
Dan and Donna
Great house for 3 couples in their 50's & 60's. The area is spectacular, the house is beautiful and very well equipped and has the pool bar I want at home. Mario and Yolanda do a wonderful job keeping the grounds and house and both are extremely helpful. Dan and Donna are easy to deal with. Had a lot of fun exploring the area right around the house. Head about 2/3's of the way down the pebble beach and there's a little path that starts off a little steep but turns into a nice easy 500 yard path that takes you to a small dramatic beach where they filmed exile island for Survivor San Juan Del Sur. As a bonus there were little beach bar shacks there with cold beer.
We walked into town...once, just to say we did it. A car is needed but it's a quick easy drive to town and you'll want one to explore the beautiful area and spectacular beaches.
We did have a couple of power outages for 3-4 hours, but it's Nicaragua and we were prepared with our emergency power out plan. Put the beer in the cooler and head to the beach.
Managua is a really bad introduction to the country. It's a dump...literally...there is garbage everywhere for about 10 km out. We were a little worried at first but Once you get past that, the country is beautiful and dramatic. Nicaragua is also very easy on the budget. We figure our group of 6 spent about 1/2 of what we did in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica last year.
I would go back to San Juan Del Sur and the Monkey house in a second.
Happy that you guys enjoyed yourselves and impressed that you made it into town by foot - the locals do it all the time, but I would likely expire somewhere along the way if I tried. Also glad you found the trail leading to Pina' Rota beach - we've hiked it a couple times in years past, but there was no beer joint when we went - good to see that as well.
Really sad to hear the road outside of Managua is trashy again. We had seen a huge effort along that stretch and many others over the past several years, to clean up trash and keep the side of the road trimmed. Hopefully efforts to clean up and educate will continue. I think they will because the Nicas understand how important their young tourism industry has become and are pretty logical and pragmatic, but it may take many years to change these types of cultural norms. Take care, you guys are welcome back any time!
True Paradise at Paradise Bay
We enjoyed our stay at the Enchanted Monkey House very much. It is clean, modern and well equipped and maintained. The location could not be any better. It is an easy walk down to the beach with steps built into the steep hillside to make it simple to get up and down from the beach. We enjoyed the pool with extra amenities to make our stay even more of a delight. It is absolutely beautiful! Our limited Spanish and the housekeeper's limit English was enough to get us by. Anything you need can be provided if you don't find it in the house. For instance, I didn't find a hair dryer as listed in the house information but, as promised, one was produced when I asked. Everything you need is there, just ask. You feel completely safe because the caretakers are on site all the time, although they somehow manage to be invisible most of the time. I loved this location and the people and town of San Juan Del Sur. This was one of my favorite locations and we have rented houses all over the world, so that is not a small statement. They have definitely found a wonderful home in Paradise with the Enchanted Monkey House. We appreciated the purified water from the small tap in the kitchen. That was a plus when you want to be careful not to mar your trip with illness. While it was not an ideal snorkel location, this is a wonderful place to enjoy, relax and explore Nicaragua. The people of Nicaragua made it one of our favorites trips ever. TIP: We made the trip to La Flor further down the coast and had the most fabulous experience with turtles you could ever hope for in a natural setting. We were allowed to help release 30 hatchling turtles after dark. Be sure to take RED or GREEN flashlights since white lights are not allowed because they confuse the baby turtles. Then we found a turtle on the beach digging her nest and watched as she laid her eggs. We hired a guide (Irvin Chevez email: email@example.com) for$15 per person which included entrance to the reserve. We can recommend him.
All in all, we give The Enchanted Monkey House our highest recommendation. Thank you for sharing your beautiful dream home.
We sincerely appreciate your kind words and are happy you could experience some of the same feelings we have been blessed to experience with the Nicaraguan people. Please let your friends know about us and we hope to see you again. Dan and Donna