About this listing
Casita Aloha was built to perpetuate a surfing lifestyle abroad. It is an off the grid casita set just up the valley from one of the best beaches in Nicaragua. Please note we now have bicycles available for rent to reduce your travel time to beach!
Casita Aloha was built to perpetuate the surfing lifestyle abroad. It is an off the grid casita set just up the valley from one of the best beaches in Nicaragua. La Vista properties is an eco-development in the wave-rich area of Tola, Nicaragua.
This two bedroom, one bathroom house has a complete kitchen with ample storage, a range, oven, and a propane fridge. You can sit on the deck and spot dozens of varieties of birds native to the area. The palapa roof gives the home an authentic Nicaraguan feel to it and naturally cools the home.
If you are looking to blast A/C and watch television on your surf trip this house is not for you. If you are looking for a clean, simple, private and affordable living space that's just a short bike ride from perfect surf, then look no further.
Ask about transportation from the airport if you need.
Come join us at Casita Aloha. Go home with a story of serene off-the-grid accommodations and perfect, barreling waves.
Guests have full access to the home.
Interaction with Guests
We are not present at the casita, but have an excellent property manager who will show you around, give you any information you need, and be accessible throughout the trip. We will share a document containing information on local attractions, surf rentals and hikes upon booking.
We are within walking distance from Playa Colorado, a scenic and serene place. Colorado is a beach break located in the middle of Nicaragua's offshore wind corridor delivers offshore winds 300+ days a year. High surf season is April through September.
Casita Aloha is based in a small Eco-community called La Vista, within the gates of Hacienda Iguana. The houses here are all off-the-grid and run on solar and wind power. La Vista is nestled in a quiet, breezy valley and shares its forest with an array of wildlife including monkeys, iguanas, and countless species of birds and butterflies. The community is just up the valley from Panga Drops, which is the break north of Playa Colorados.
Buses and taxis are the best way to get around Nicaragua. We have bikes available for rent to enjoy the surrounding area. Ask our property manager for details on all local rentals upon booking.
Other Things to Note
The walk to the beach is roughly 35 minutes. Bikes are available for rent which will reduce your time to the beach to roughly 15 minutes. A drive to the beach is about 5 minutes. Please inquire to management about the appropriate route to the beach. Recently, access to Hacienda Iguana has been limited to guests in La Vista. Please plan your stay accordingly and don't expect to be able to access Iguana amenities freely. Thank you for your understanding.
Be conscious of your energy consumption. Turn out lights and fans when you leave. The house operates on solar electricity with marine battery storage. There is a generator available if the batteries do get low.
Pets considered on an individual basis.
No smoking in the home.
Checking in was a little confusing. Pablo, a local came to our rescue. He then used a cell phone to call Roger. At that point all we needed was some drinking water. The place is very serene and peaceful, listening to the sounds of nature and nothing else. We brought some coffee packs and boiled some water and made coffee each morning and enjoyed it on the front porch. We would then head to Iguana and use their amenities for food and beach access. Just go through the second gate and stay left the whole way and you will be able to park and eat at Pili's and use the beach. It's probably one of the safest places in Nica. Pili's on the beach has really good food, fast and fresh. We had no problems with the house. Finding it was a little challenge. Someone had left a little map in the house which helped with finding our way around. We tried to bike to the Panga Drops side of the beach but were met by Rancho Santana guards. We decided just to drive through Hacienda Iguana. If you stay left you'll reach Colorados, if you stay right you'll reach Panga Drops. We felt safe in the Jungle house. Tell the first guard you're staying at La Vista in the Jungle. Once you get through the first gate the guard at the second gate doesn't ask any questions. If he does just tell him you're going to Don Eloys restaurant.
We enjoyed our stay at Casa Aloha very much. The house is well maintained, comfortable and spacious. Brian very kindly provided bicycles and was very responsive to all our questions.
Roger was very helpful in arranging transport and advice during our stay. We discovered that some supplies are available locally, a fruit and veg truck delivers Mon/Wed/Fri, usually around 2-3pm to Iguana, as well as a small shop/cafe/surf shop just inside the main gate. Those planning an extended stay without transport should carefully prepare all necessities, however.
Brian’s Aloha casita is truly an off the grid experience. I had an amazing time getting away from the daily grind and spending days hiking and enjoying nature away from people. While at the casita it is common to not see anyone for extended periods of time, other than locals working on nearby properties. This is the place to come if you want to essentially camp with the luxuries of the hut (bed, fridge, stove, real roof over your head) and enjoy the monkeys, birds, iguana’s and what Nicaraguan nature has to offer. Alfredo, Roger and especially Brian are very helpful. Brian was quick to respond to emails. I always received a response literally minutes after I emailed him. He provided very useful information in an insanely timely manner.
If you require the shortest route to the beach, or to the restaurant and surf shop – check ahead and arrange to have Alfredo show you as soon as possible. There are various ways to get to the beach and surf shop. Some are much longer than others and the quicker ways pass through two different private properties, both of which I was asked not to use during my stay. During my second week, Roger, the property manager said he was planning to talk with Rancho Santana to see if the route could be used. A security guard is posted on a moto there to protect the road. I would check to see if this has been resolved. The other route which Alfredo showed me, passes through a gentleman's garden. He was there and asked that I not use it. Otherwise the walk is longer, especially to the optimal surf spot. Check out the map on the la vista website. The green route to the beach was not able to be used while I was there because it passes through private property. You must take the black road to the blue road and then walk down the beach to where the green route hits the beach. That is approximately where the waves were when I was there and taking that route takes much longer than the green path. I still had a great time but be aware if you hope to have an easy and quick back and fourth from the beach throughout the day.
They are more than willing to let you use the wifi at the surf shop and restaurant. The wifi reaches outside of the surf shop, so if they are closed you can still use it. You just need to get the password from them between 9-5. The restaurant is open 4-11. Be prepared sometimes the internet goes down. The bartenders were great. Carlos and Will were on top of it and great to talk to. Bring a can opener if you are plan to use one at the casita. Otherwise the casita is stocked with dishes, pans, silverware, towels, sheets, etc.
Overall great stay, would do again.
Brian's casita is truly off grid, if you want to spend some time walking, surfing, exploring nature then it's perfect for you. We spent one month there and had a great time, it takes a little while to get used to no internet, no tv and not many people around but we loved it. The house itself is beautiful, lots of room for two people and space for 4. There are monkeys on your doorstep, butterflies and even a few hummingbirds to be spotted. Alfredo is on hand if you need gas or help but doesn't speak English. In our personal opinion it's best to have a car or to buy second hand bikes, there are very few places to eat or buy groceries within walking distance. All in all the casita enabled us to get away and live a basic life or a little while..perfect for us.
The casita was nice, spacious and clean. We had a rough time questioning the guy in charge of the house (even if our Spanish is not so bad) because he wasn't speaking any word in English. Otherwise, we had an other person to join if needed but to do so, we needed to get out of the forest to reach a wi-fi somewhere. A good advice would be to go there with a car, otherwise you'll be walking few hours every day to find something (more than 25 min to reach the beach, 45 min to the surf shop, etc..) Playa Colorado is a beautiful uncrowded beach but it's surrounded by resort so don't except to have a beach bar or a cheap surf rental (28$ for a board compared to 10$ at other beaches). So overall a nice and quiet place to say if you want to be off the grip and alone for your vacation.
Thanks for the feedback, Pierre. It sounds as though you had a hard time navigating the area and communicating.
There are multiple routes to the beach, it's possible that you did not use the route that most guests use. That route takes roughly 20-25 minutes by foot. Or maybe it's possible you were going to a different beach too.
The surf shop is right within Hacienda Iguana which is definitely less than 45 minutes from the casita.
There is wi-fi available within the Hacienda Iguana complex, which is also not far from the casita.
It's unfortunate that you did not get in touch with myself or our property manager to mention your issues during your stay. We would have been happy to advise you about different routes or thoughts about alternatives. You only spoke to the maintenance man whose job is to work on the house, not communicate with the guests.
We'd be happy to have you back as a guest and hopefully the next time around will work out better!
Brian was an excellent host. He was very thorough in answering any of my questions, asked in frequently during my 5 week stay to see how things were going, and was very attentive if I had any concerns. The Casita is lovely, with rustic charm and plenty of space for 2 or 3 people. It's away from the main drive of travellers, but sits in a tight little community of locals and expats who work on the nearby golf course or at local ranches. The beach is close enough you can hear the waves each night from the front porch, along with howler monkeys. Would definitely book this place out again. :)
We had a great time! The casita was perfect for the two of us and our dog. The community was beautiful, comfortable and full of wildlife.
We walked to the beach almost everyday, only 15 minutes on a great little path.
Ian was a fabulous host and helped is with everything we needed and more. He definitely went above and beyond.
I would highly recommend this house for anyone looking to have a great off the grid experience in Nicaragua, walking/biking distance to surf and golf.