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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.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Hidden Gems - Rules-Based
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Augusto C Sandino Airport49 mi
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

beautiful place, beautiful people. so much to do and see! fishing, birding, hiking, massage, yoga, sunsets, surfing and just overall exploring. rooms are exquisite and comfortable. there is a variety of things to eat and all are really good. they even let me combine an...More

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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho SantanaResponded September 24, 2018

Hola Brian, We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at the Ranch. We do our best to create services that make our guests feel at home away from home while taking in the rustic nature of the surroundings, we're happy you were...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2018

We recently returned to New York City after an amazing week long vacation at Rancho Santana. It is truly a very special place that has not left our minds ever since. The property was developed relatively recently, but has an old-world feel and one never...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

This place was Awesome! Great surfing and great people. Yoga in the tree tops, infinity pool and fires on the beach. Super fun trip. Monkey watching was fun. I like the fact that there is a store so you can just get supplies and grill...More

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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho SantanaResponded August 10, 2018

Hola Jason! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at the Ranch. We agree that the monkeys are one of the highlight activities. We do our best to create a memorable and fun experience for our guests. We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018

Excellent guest attention, delicious fresh food, beautiful location, clean beaches, gorgeous horses, attentive and friendly staff members, excellent surf instructors, very knowledgeable tours guides, very good spa treatments! Thank you Rancho Santana!More

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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho SantanaResponded August 13, 2018

Hola! Firstly we'd like to thank you for choosing to stay at the Ranch. We can assure you it was our pleasure to have you. We pride ourselves in creating one of a kind experiences that highlight the nature that surrounds us, everything from our...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018

The accommodations, staff and location of Rancho Santana are beyond wonderful. This trip to Rancho Santana in Nicaragua was a life changing experience. The La Cinco Playa (the 5 beaches) that are part of the property are each stunning and beautiful in their own way....More

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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho SantanaResponded August 13, 2018

Hola! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at the Ranch. We do our best to make sure our guests have one of a kind experiences and activities to enjoy while highlighting the raw beauty of the property. We're proud to know...More

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February 28, 2018|
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Response from krogersmann | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Los Perros and it is where I would choose to stay in the future. It is the perfect distance from the inn. We walked back and forth multiple times per day with our 7, 8 and 10 year olds and no one complained... More
January 9, 2018|
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Response from Stephanie J | Property representative |
Hola Madison- I wanted to let you know that the resort is big - 2,700 acres with plenty of rolling hills (allowing for amazing views!). We 100% suggest renting a vehicle so you can visit all 5 of our beaches as well as the... More
August 17, 2017|
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Response from Eduardo A | Property representative |
For proximity to the hub of the ranch which is The Inn, you can stay at a casita, a villa or one of our new residences.
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"ocean view at the Inn"
Sep 2, 2018
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"The second floor rooms at the Inn offer a spectacular view of Playa Santana."
Apr 30, 2018
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"Lower hotel rooms are just as good as villas"
Apr 17, 2018
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"Recommend renting a house...not much more expensive and very private and luxurious."
Apr 11, 2018
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