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Rancho Santana

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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
Airport transportation
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Conference Facilities
Laundry Service
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
Shuttle Bus Service
Tennis Court
Wheelchair access
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Room features
Air conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Hidden Gem
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Special Offer:Semana Santana 2019


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Comarca Limon #1, Carretera Las Salinas, Tola 48500 Nicaragua
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Augusto C Sandino Airport49 mi
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We were blown away at the accommodations, scenic beauty, amount of activities and service we received. We would love to bring the whole family back. We dined in most of the outlets, all were excellent.
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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho Santana
Responded 6 days ago
Hola! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We're so happy to hear you had such a great time staying with us, we strive to offer a variety of family-friendly activities and services that can be enjoyed by all. We look forward to having you back soon.
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Property's Favorite Review
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 forgets they are in
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We have visited Rancho Santana several times over the years and it truly is a spectacular and special place. I agree with other reviewers who are amazed when you say you are going to Nicaragua and they "bat an eye." The number one question I am asked, is "is it safe?" and my
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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing at Rancho Santana
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hola Julie! Thank you so much for the review. We are honored to hear such wonderful comments about your time here. We do our best to create a one of a kind experience that will leave an imprint on our guests long after they leave. Our intention is to highlight the beauty of the Ranch with first-class amenities while maintaining authenticity and creating genuine experiences. From horseback riding and surfing to monkey scouting and hiking, the Ranch is a special place that lends itself to a variety of unique activities. Whatever the age there is always some fun to be had and something to enjoy! We're glad to hear you loved the variety of food options as well, as part of our commitment to sustainable practices and farm to table dining, we make sure to use fresh ingredients from our very own farm and garden to make delicious, flavorful food. We hope to see you again soon!
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My family and I fell in love with Rancho Santana in our first afternoon on property last March, taking in our first sunset over Playa Santana. Since then it is a place that we dream of when we are away, and always hope to return soon. Each trip this year we have traveled with
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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing RS at Rancho Santana
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hola Jennifer, Thank you so much for choosing to share your time with us! We love hearing from our guests and are especially proud to read such wonderful comments about your stay. We work very hard to offer a variety of fun, authentic and one of a kind experiences for our guests to enjoy, and love that we've been able to exceed expectations and create amazing memories for you and your family. From the house-made cheeses and charcuterie, our garden fresh produce and fresh-baked bread, our focus is always on creating a delicious and flavorful dining experience. We're also happy to hear the little ones also had an amazing time exploring the property and its kid-friendly activities. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Recently took 3 of my girlfriends to Nicaragua to celebrate a recent retirement! We stayed in one of the most beautiful homes for 4 nights and my only complaint is that we didn’t have more time. Everything from the minute we were greeted at the airport to the day we left, was
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Response from MichelleC_RS, Marketing RS at Rancho Santana
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hola Lucia, Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us! We are so happy we were able to deliver on relaxation and fun. The Ranch, as you said, is such a vast source of natural beauty and we do our best to create amenities and experiences that will leave a lasting memory on our guests while remaining authentic. We are so proud to know this was such a memorable trip for you and your friends. We hope you will all visit us again soon!
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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. If you choose a house you will need transportation to visit amenities. I don’t know if pools were heated but they felt great. Rancho santana really was most perfect vacay ever!
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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 different spots around the Ranch (Surf Club, Horse Stables, etc). I hope this info helps! See you in April :)
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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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How are the beaches for kids ages 7 and 4? Will they be able to enjoy them??
There are 5 beaches on the property with each one having unique characteristics. If with kids, Los Perros seems to be the ideal. You have La Taqueria close by, you can buy sand castle toys at the Surf Shop and you can take one of our complimentary shuttles if you do not want to drive. Playa Rosada and Playa Escondida are feasible options too.
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Hola, Yes, there is generally a large influx of children and families over the Christmas/NYE holiday. We have many great family activites and also a Kids Club where children can can do various cool activites while parents have some alone time. We are also very couple friendly. We can arrange couple massages or a romantic bonfire on the beach.
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"The Inn is beautiful, but if you are going with several traveling companions you might want to consider renting a private home."
"There are so many homes, villas, and rooms at the inn to choose from to fit your budget!"
"All the rooms were wonderful! But if you're traveling with a big group, definitely rent one of the houses, which are very affordable!"
"ocean view at the Inn"
"The second floor rooms at the Inn offer a spectacular view of Playa Santana."
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