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

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Keywords: beach house, nicaragua, home rental, ocean, view, surfing, salinas grandes, full staff, security, chef, computer (with MagicJack) and internet access by modem, cable, sea turtles, beachfront, paypal, juan venado, estuary, northern coast, pacific ocean, village schools, volunteer

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Kathy and Peter Vadasz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, hungarian, Spanish is only fair.
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 2, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home - we all loved it . We all found it perfect and we hope to stay in touch for future visits . Also we are looking to buy the land next to yours so we would love to become good friends and hopefully neighbors one thank you once again !
Apr 2015
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Leon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
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.


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Salinas Grandes - Pacific Ocean Villa On A 2-mile, Virtually-private Beach!
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Just what we were looking for

  • 4 of 5

Incredible beach with a comfortable house and great caretakers.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Amazing beach, great people, really quiet

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Cruces, NM USA

Be Preparef

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach and house!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

There aren't enough good things to say about our stay at Salinas Grandes. Yes you're off the beaten path, yes the dirt road is bouncy and slow, but you have the beach and the waves all to yourself and the family who caretakers the property is generous, warm and extremely nice. I stayed with a large group of friends, and they welcomed us with open arms. The outdoor gazebo by the beach was great for dinners or hanging out while others were surfing. Marina even made us the best fried red snapper on the outdoor wood fire grill one night! They made us a bonfire as well and we all hung out there drinking cervesas talking with the extended family and trying to improve our Spanish! The cleaned every day, helped with dishes and laundry and made the beds. It was truly an easy stay. The kitchen is also very well equipped with pots and pans, bowls and dishware, blender, rice cooker, French press, etc. There was never anything we couldn't find! I would recommend this place to any group of friends or family. The waves were phenomenal every morning with the offshore wind and there want another soul in sight. I recommend that you rent your own car, and honestly something big like a truck or SUV as the road is very bumpy. We took day trips to a few other waves in the area, and there are lots of other cool things nearby, including Leon. It was amazing getting to know the family and the animals (Dog, horse, pigs) and we were very sad to leave. I can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Managua-Leon Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Our backyard
Car: recommended

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Cleaning Fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $400
Property Damage Protection $59

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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