Affordable side-by-side beach houses for family reunions. Two beach-front houses on the north-west coast of Nicaragua can be rented separately or together at very reasonable rates. Together they make a perfect setting for multi-generational family gatherings. This shot is taken from the beach.
$60 USD per house per night.
A thatch roof "rancho" between the houses offers shade with ocean view.
Jiquilillo, the fishing village a block away from the beach houses.
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Both houses are on the beach--you step off the porch into sandy soil and the ocean is always in view. Great surfing or boogie-boarding is right there in front of the houses. Once in a while someone goes by on the beach, but mostly you have it to yourselves.
The surfing here is awesome! Large, uncrowded, and well-groomed waves.
The compound is guarded by a full-time caretaker.
We have had vacations here with four generations. The spot is perfect for babies and kids and anyone who can walk. The yard and the town are handicap inaccessible--wheelchairs cannot move in the sandy yard and unpaved streets. But there is a ramp into the two-bedroom, and once you are inside, the whole house is flat. The one-bedroom has one step unto the porch and then is flat. Our mom could get around with a cane when she was 95, but she was quite healthy and had an adventurous spirit. The closest medical clinic is half an hour away.
This area of Nicaragua is still relatively undiscovered. The locals are friendly.
A trip to these houses qualifies as adventure travel. The last three miles of road getting to the houses are unpaved--bumpy and dusty. Weather can be significant--sometimes much rain or wind, although usually nicely warm. We go for the weather.
The air temperature is usually in the high 80s to low 90s. Except at night, when it can drop down to the low 70s. The water temperature is perfect--you can play in the ocean for hours and not get cold. A fairly constant off-shore breeze keeps the air moving and grooms the waves. The houses are cooled by fans and breezes. The master bedroom in the two-bedroom house has air-conditioning.
These houses are located in the charming undeveloped fishing village of Jiquilillo. Almost all the buildings in the village are thatch roofed, including the English-speaking, very casual restaurant/bar/hostels. The only stores are pulperias, small stores out of houses. There is one now directly across the street from the houses where you can buy some things, including feminine hygiene products, deoderant, some veggies and bread, etc. The proprietor also will prepare meals, such as fish and chicken dinners, for about $4.00 per person, delivered to the house, if you arrange this in the morning. She has to hunt down the fresh fish or chicken.
We can arrange to hire a cook for you.
If there are products or medications you depend on, bring them.
Other food can be obtained (fresh!) from local fisherman and cart vendors who come down the road. There are people walking by selling fresh made tortillas, nacatamales, sometimes corn on the cob, sometimes donuts. The trucks drive by a few times a week selling fresh fruit and veggies. Some tiny shops sell chips, rum, beer, beans, rice, eggs, sweets, and a few other things. And there is a woman nearby selling fresh coconut bread. We usually hire a cook and eat most of our meals at home.
If you want beef, buy it in Chinandega on the way in from the airport.
There is a small, thatch-roofed restaurant about a 5 minute walk along the beach from the houses, with a raised platform and a ground-level spot. Sue Portugal reports, "It is super cute and the food is great! At about $4.50 a plate we get fresh fried fish, tostones, rice and tomatoes and a drink. They also offer chicken and sometimes pizza."
There's a Claro tower in town which offers good reception for Claro phones. Movistar phones get good reception, too, in the houses and most places in Jiquilillo. You can get internet at the house with a dongle, or modem, if you buy time. Sarita or Bodhi can help with the dongle, if they are in Nicaragua.
If you do not speak Spanish, the airport in Managua is a good place to pick up a phone. Phones are also available in Chinandega, and you can buy minutes in Jiquilillo.
The village of Jiquilillo has no post office, no bank, and no ATM, but there is a delightful place for getting on the internet, a 12-minute walk from these houses: Rancho Esperanza, a hostel/restaurant/community-service center--a "backpacker hostel with a conscience." They have two laptops or bring your own device and rent the use of their wi-fi, if you are having trouble using your dongle at the houses.
Come prepared for interruptions in all utilities.
The electrical outlets in Nicaragua are the same as in the USA--no adapters or converters needed.
If you come to Jiquilillo, bring your flexible attitude. Many aspects of your trip will be out of your control. If you can appreciate the unexpected, you will have an interesting and unpredictable trip.
Bodhi and his wife Sarita, proprietors of Nicaragua Escape near Jiquilillo, can help you plan your trip and take care of you during your stay.
Bodhi and Sarita tend to spend summer and fall in California. During that time, they can help you plan your trip, and arrange to have their staff help you, but they will not be on-site.
A typical meal in Jiquilillo: fresh fried fish, tostones (fried plantains), rice and tomatoes. Photo by Peter Portugal.
There are the 2 seasons in Nicaragua, rainy (summer) and dry (winter). Most of the rain is at night; there are some incredible, awesome thunder and lightening shows. If you are looking for giant surf, ask Bodhi when to come (usually spring, summer, fall). If you prefer boogie-board waves, December, January and February are good.
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We have had good service from Taca Airlines. They fly to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. From there, you can rent a car or have us send someone to pick you up. The hotel next to the airport, the Mercedes, is pleasant.
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