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Salinas Grandes - Pacific Ocean Villa On A 2-mile, Virtually-private Beach!

Leon, Nicaragua
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

The Perfect Nicaraguan Experience in Playa Salinas Grandes.

We are located in Salinas Grandes, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, The fishing village of Salinas Grandes can be found, just south of Leon and the coastal towns of Las Penitas and Poneloya. Our extraordinary home is located just 50 steps to the water on a rarely-occupied beach with a gently-sloping, rock-free ocean floor. The property is a half-acre in size. This is the place for a true, but comfortable, Nicaraguan experience. We have a rare combination of a naturally-pristine beach (with excellent surfing and within walking distance of the Isla Del Venado estuary), all the modern conveniences of a US-designed home with a/c, appliances, computer and magic jack phone can be used with modem), Sky Cable (many English channels), and the beautiful colonial city of Leon, just 12 miles away.

Our single-story home, which sits on a ½ acre lot, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room with large tv, dvd player, Sky Cable, 5-cd music player, and i-Pod speakers. There is adequate room on the couch for 2 additional people to sleep. The huge wood dining table seats 10. The master suite has a king-sized bed with built-in dressers and an open view to the beach (with attached bathroom), the second bedroom has a queen-sized bed with built-in dresser, and a built-in closet. The third bedroom, which doubles as an office, has 2 twin beds, a large desk with a magicjack telephone that allows for free calls to and from the US or Canada. The bedrooms and living room are air-conditioned and have fans. We also have a queen-sized aero bed at regular bed height for additional guests, Large picture windows, all with secure screens, allow you to open windows for fresh air. The modern bathrooms offer a safe, warm shower (US-style). The laundry room has a washer, dryer and freezer. The kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer, 6-burner stove and oven, microwave, juicer, blender, toaster, icemaker, and French-press coffee maker. We have an ice-cold water cooler (for 5 gal bottles of water) though our tap water is perfectly safe. The house has a full-home water purification system and you can safely drink water from the tap. While it is rarely needed, we also have a back-up generator that runs everything in the house should the power fail.

The outdoor rancho (next to the beach) has a clay tiled roof to keep you cool, a beautiful wrap-around-bar designed in shells, patio furniture, outdoor oven and barbeque. Our enclosed courtyard offers an outdoor living room, outdoor shower, surf racks, gardens and fans. All areas are well-lighted and have water and electricity.

Our full-time on-site caretakers (Marina and Sergio) provide 24/7 security and support and they fully maintain the house and grounds. Marina provides cleaning, laundry, and cooking services as you desire. Marina is an extraordinary chef, and we can provide you with a menu of favorites that she can prepare for you. As long as you pay the trip charge of $20.00, Marina will also be happy to go to Leon to shop with you or for you.

Want to make a difference? Many of our guests long to give something back to the poor people in this remarkable country. We sponsor a grammar school in the nearby indigenous village, and are always anxious to share the story, and accept any donations you might like to bring. The children need typical school supplies and if you’d like to, you can deliver them directly to show your caring interest in the school. For those who are interested in helping, please contact me by email and I will be happy to provide you with additional information about current needs.

Transportation: we can provide you with our highly-recommended taxi driver who will pick you up in managua at the airport, stop for shopping, and bring you to the beach, or you can rent a car. Our friend Jose is completely trustworthy, speaks English and knows everything about Nicaragua. He is invaluable if you need to locate anything in Leon. You can arrange transportation, directly with jose. His telephone number is 505-8367-8326. You can just tell him you are going to Kathy & Peter’s house in Salinas Grandes and he will welcome you like family. Rates from Managua, with a stop for groceries, start at $90.00 each way for up to four people. There are two beautiful grocery stores in Leon (like those in the us) where you will find what you need or you can be more adventurous and shop at the cathedral marketplace. We have contacts in a few other tour companies as well and can help you arrange sightseeing tours or other nica adventures. At the local Juan Venado Estuary you can see abundant wild life, including tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles and sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach. If you are lucky, while you are here, you will have a chance to help protect some of these young turtles as they make their way to the sea. If you do rent a car, the entrance to Salinas Grandes is located on the highway to Leon, at km 77, and we can provide step-by-step directions at your request.

We look forward to welcoming you as our guests!

Peter and Kathy Vadasz

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Kathy and Peter Vadasz

Member Since 2015
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english, spanish, hungarian, Spanish is only fair.
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Kathy and Peter Vadasz

Peter and Kathy Vadasz (Californians) spend close to half the year here. We are happy to share this incredible paradise when we are not enjoying it for ourselves.

Kathy and Peter Vadasz purchased this House in 2011

What makes this House unique

The whole package is nearly impossible to find. The extraordinary merge of the pristine beach, gentle slope for the kids to play in the shallow waters, with beautiful waves a bit farther out. Add to this a modern, well-equipped and very comfortable home with all the entertainment options and Internet access via USB modem (computer and Magic Jack phone onsite). Surfers consider this one of the best beaches in Nicaragua because it offers the right conditions for the range of surfers - from beginner to Pro (there are 3 rustic surf camps on this beach alone). Having this, and being only 12 miles away from the vibrant college town of Leon, makes it such a perfect place from which to experience Nicaragua.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master Suite
        1 king, 1 queen, Luxurious King with optional queen aero bed.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Can be configured as one twin bed or two.
      • The Master Suite has a king sized bed with marvelous and luxurious foam top. Bedroom 2 has a queen-sized bed. Bedroom 3 has 2 twin mattresses. We have a large, full height queen Aero bed as well that can be used in a few areas - and the sofa in the living room easily sleeps 2 adults.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Master Suite Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Large and beautiful off the master suite.
      • Outdoor Shower
        outdoor shower, Private shower for rinsing off after beach play.
      • Hall Bathroom
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            Whether you look left or right, it is unlikely that you will see more than a few other people on the beach - at most every time of the day. Most of the time you will see no one in either direction.
          • Beachfront
            You walk out our gate onto the sand and then 50 steps to the water.
          • Monument View
            You can see the beautiful Momotombo Volcano from this area.
          • Near The Ocean
            On the beach.
          • Ocean View
            Sit and watch the groups of pelicans sweep over the low waters as they fish. Depending on when you come, you may get to walk baby turtles to the water's edge.
          • Oceanfront
            There is nothing to obstruct your view - or access to the ocean. The waves in front of you will belong to you. The slope of the sand is soft and gentle. There are no rocky areas.
          • Village
            There is an indigenous village that welcomes support and help for the children at the school. If you'd like, our caretaker Marina, can take you to visit the village.


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        We provide all table and bed linens.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        All indoor living areas have air conditioners and fans. Electricity can be expensive in Nicaragua but with a little care there will be no extra charges for you. Abuses will be deducted from deposits.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Never, ever needed.
                      • Internet
                        Internet access is available via Internet-modem. There is a computer onsite with a Magic Jack phone (US number) attached. Please let us know if this is important and we will provide more details.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        We do have a dryer but generally clothes are hung outdoors.
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                        We have a Magic Jack telephone already hooked up. You can make free calls to the US and Canada (any number) as well as receive them.
                      • Towels Provided
                        We provide all towels for personal use and have a few beach towels. You should plan to bring your own beach towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Marina will wash clothes for you, and will hang them outdoors to dry in good weather. Should it rain we do have a dryer as well.


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            Marina will provide all the kitchen cleanup for each meal.
                          • Kitchen
                            Refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, juicer, blender, ice-maker, crockpot, toaster, French-press coffee maker, hot-water heater, pots and pans, dishes and glasses, cutlery and standard spices.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                    We have a DVD player with a broad collection of movies for every age.
                                  • Games
                                    We have several board games and playing cards.
                                  • Music Library
                                    T ere are many CDs - Classical, Pop, Easy Listening, Latin.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    We have Sky Cable which offers many English-speaking programs and movies. Marina can show you how to reset the language to English, when it is available for the program.
                                  • Stereo
                                    We have a 5-CD player, dozens and dozens of CDs. We also have a portable iPod/iPhone player (speakers) that can be used inside or at the Rancho.
                                  • Television
                                    We have a high-definition television with a DVD player. We have Sky Cable.
                                  • Video Library
                                    We have a substantial video collection here and Leon is filled with spots where you can buy DVDs (often when they have just hit the theater) for less than $1.00. Most movies are in English.


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There are a number of walkways, decks, and patio's on the 1/2 acre property.
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        As we are at the beach, we don't have a lawn, but the grounds are well maintained by Sergio, our caretaker.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        We have both a traditional gas BBQ and a wood fired outdoor kitchen.


                                          • limited accessibility
                                            This is a one story home but there are a few places (like when you enter the courtyard) that have 1 step. The bathroom is not wheelchair accessible but we have had guests with limited mobility here.

                                            Onsite Services

                                              • Private Chef
                                              • Staff


                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • surf fishing
                                                              • surfing


                                                                  • Salinas Grandes is a beautiful but quiet beach. If you are looking to relax - this is it. If you are looking for nightlife - it is not here and you would need to go to nearby Leon for that. We have a few restaurants in the area but Marina will cook for you each day - for breakfast and for dinner (or as you request). She is a great cook.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: Noon

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    7 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Tranquil hidden gem

                                                                    karen s.

                                                                    Beautiful beach cozy yet roomy villa and awesome caretakers ❤️❤️❤️❤️

                                                                    Just what we were looking for

                                                                    Allan F.

                                                                    Incredible beach with a comfortable house and great caretakers.

                                                                    Amazing beach, great people, really quiet

                                                                    Mason G.

                                                                    Salinas Grandes is the definition of off the beaten track. The two mile long beach was the best we had ever seen, the waves came in at the perfect height to play in, and we never saw more than 20 people on the beach. Marina and Sergio took care of us and the house, and were wonderful. The house is really nice, but keep in mind that Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The road to the house is rough, but if you drive slowly there are no issues. Our daughter is fluent in Spanish, and without her we would have had trouble comunicating, so some knowledge of Spanish is really recommended. If you are looking for nightlife, this isn't the place, but if you want a great beach experience with wonderful people, you can't do better. If you come, have Marina make her fresh fish as many times as you can. Best in Nicaragua.

                                                                    Be Preparef

                                                                    DavichiLas Cruces, NM USA

                                                                    First, know who we are! This is our personal viewpoint. That makes a big difference. We are two seniors (over 80) who live in a US city and periodically want out, preferably to a slower paced, nautal environment. Salinas Grandes met all of our expectations. It is relatively isolated on an almost unoccupied miles-long beach. There are neighbors, all congenial. There are horses, almost all love carrots. The surf is extraordinary. That was the icing on the cake. The home is modern, well appointed, air conditioned and serviced by two lovely keepers, Miranda & Sergio. They often ate with us. English is optional but if you really want to communicate, speak Spanish. My Spanish is not poor but terrible. What fun.

                                                                    There is a large screen

                                                                    TV in the living room which I ignored. We didn't travel that far to watch TV! I spent many hours in the gazebo on the beach, counting waves, sipping wine and for the most part forgetting the world we had left behind.

                                                                    We didn't have a car but a local gug from Leon was perfect. Besides taking us to/from Managua he took us to Leon for shopping and "look-about". Ask Kathy, she can put you in touch.

                                                                    The house was pretty much as described. It is not a castle but met all of our needs.

                                                                    Have you visited Nicaragua before? If not, do your homework before going. Nicaragua is a poor country but rich in fantastic people. Be prepared to mingle, meet people at least half way and leave your dress shoes and diamonds at home. Bring sincere hugs and be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime! Entertainment is everywhere with a healthy frame of mind.

                                                                    Some things work on a different time frame. Be flexible.

                                                                    David y JotaMaria


                                                                    Beach sand can get hot.

                                                                    Great beach and house!

                                                                    Jeremy P.

                                                                    Really enjoyed the private beach and wounderful house. Caretakers were wounderful. Would definitely go back.


                                                                    Kristina N.

                                                                    Long drive on a bumpy road but well worth it! Marina and her family are wonderful. This place is even more beautiful than the pictures.


                                                                    Leon, Nicaragua

                                                                    The nearby town of Leon has all necessary services and provides many tour alternatives. A favorite here is volcano boarding and we can help you arrange a tour.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                    Pet Fee
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
                                                                    Damage Insurance

                                                                    Please note that you are required to provide a rental security deposit (refundable for the house returned in good order) and a non-refundable cleaning deposit. Electricity is extremely expensive so we ask that you limit bedroom air conditioners to while you are sleeping and turn off the living room a/c when you retire. If usage exceeds normal your deposit will be reduced to cover the additional bill.

                                                                    7 Reviews
                                                                    Excellent 4.7/5
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