My husband and I rented a newly built house in Rancho Santana. The price was really reasonable for what we got - a brand new house on a bluff above the Pacific, infinity pool, two ladies who cleaned and a pool guy, and complete peace and quiet. No newspapers, no phones, and the TV hadn't been hooked up yet, which was fine with us. There was a huge kitchen where I cooked a couple meals a day, plus a club house with decent food and drinks if you don't want to cook. We spent some time at Rancho Santana and some time in other parts of Nicaragua, and the people, who often have almost nothing in comparison to us in the US, are content and friendly. Nicaragua is a nice alternative to Mexico these days - very safe and pleasant to travel in. Our only warning is to watch out for the police outside of the Managua Airport if you choose to drive yourself - cops attempted to give us tickets for "moving violations" (i.e. - the car is moving, I think) twice in the first mile. If you speak Spanish and have some time, you can usually get them to "forgive" the violation or reduce the fine to something much smaller that can be "taken care of right here."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Santana, set serenely in the Southwest Pacific offers a collection of distinctive seaside experiences. Though little more than two hours from Nicaragua's capital city of Managua by car, the property has grown into a quiet community that enjoys purity, authenticity, and a somehow romantically rustic elegance. Both residential and resort, "the ranch" boasts over 2,700 acres of majestic land along two miles of shoreline which include five unique beaches. And while this paradise is the perfect setting to do nothing at all but sunbathe and stargaze, its remarkable range of terrain, unique climate and soothing coastal breezes make it a coveted destination for the more active and adventurous traveler. Tucked between the open sea and the immense Lake Nicaragua, "the ranch" has the distinction of being one of the only isthmuses on the entire Pacific Ocean. This unique geographical phenomenon creates gentle tropical breezes, which when paired with year-round warm ocean waters make the beaches' surfing conditions some of the most coveted on the planet. With the early sunrise, "shredders" of all ages and origins take to the breaks of Las Cinco Playas de Rancho Santana, which include some of the world's most vertical waves, providing both visual drama as well as world-class surfing. Lookers-on walk the water's edge watching the surfers dance across the waves while just yards behind them fisherman bring in what will be the evening's fresh catch in the clubhouse's renowned restaurant, La Finca y el Mar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho Santana Hotel Popoyo
- Rancho Santana Nicaragua/Popoyo