The owners' son/grandson and grandson/greatgrandson...
Gene Portugal and Bodhi Portugal
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.
The properties come with a caretaker.
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.
Contact InfoBook the house rentals through Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO): vrbo.com/272064 and vrbo.com/247904
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Side-by-side beach houses for family reunions. These 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.
A thatch roof "rancho" between the houses offers shade with ocean view.
Jiquilillo, the fishing village a block away from the beach houses.
The one bedroom = vrbo.com/272064$86/night .. $518/week..$1460/month.
The two-bedroom = vrbo.com/247904$92/night - $554/week - $1,663/month.
These beach houses are perfect to rent for family or other group gatherings because they are right next door to each other with a shaded hammock area in between. Each house has full kitchen and bathroom facilities and plenty of room for gathering. Both have great architecture with windows that let in plenty of light. Both houses have running water and electricity from public power with generator back up available.
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. Once in a while someone goes by on the beach, but mostly you have it to yourselves.
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 unaccessible--wheelchairs cannot move in the sandy yard and unpaved streets. Our mom, 95, can get around with a cane, but she is quite healthy. The closest medical clinic is half an hour away.
This area of Nicaragua is still relatively undiscovered. You will not have to deal with any touts trying to sell you something. 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 soft breeze keeps the air moving. The houses have no air conditioning--just fans and breezes.
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. She also will prepare meals, such as fish and chicken dinners, for about $4.00 per person, delivered to the house, if you can arrange this in the morning. She has to hunt down the fresh fish or chicken.
If there are products 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.
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 dongel, or modem, if you buy time. Sarita or Bodhi can help with the dongel.
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.
The electrical outlets in Nicaragua are the same as in the USA--no adapters or converters needed.
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