Simple airy two bedroom that easily sleeps six.
Located right on the beach in the small fishing village of El Gigante, this is close to both the restaurants and shops of town and great access to surf. It’s just on the outskirts of town, the last house on the beach. The,sometimes monkey filled, trees, shade the house and make it nice and cool in the afternoons. What really makes this a neat place to stay is you have easy access to various restaurants a few shops and great surf. You won't find that at any place in the area even at the tall dollar places your basically stuck inside this gated Gringo Community. Playa Gigante has real charm and real Nicaraguan culture. Surf is a couple hundred yard walk to the north along Amarillo beach ( the most beautiful beach in Nicaragua) and walking a leisurely 30 min you pass two other breaks, one of which is Slackers ,a high tide beauty, on your way to Playa Colarado and Panga Drops. The beach right in town is protected by the Giant's Foot that sticks out into the Pacific and there a calm waters for swimming in the centre of the bay. In front of our place most of the local surfers rode their first waves. It's a sweet little wave and it's never crowded.
Meet the fishermen right on the beach and buy fresh fish and lobsters.
Fruit and veggie truck arrives daily
Close walk to four surf spots, five restaurants and two grocery stores.
A little town with lots to offer
This house can sleep eight but if your bigger group, we also rent out other rooms on the same property.
Nothing quite like waking up right on the beach. You sleep to the sound of surf and wake to the sound of Howler Monkeys in the trees
We are off the path well traveled. Your going to have to take a cab from Rivas or we can arrange to have your flight met. Gigante just got it's first bus that connects it to Rivas twice a day. There is a local truck that take the local kids to school in Tola. It is a ride in to the closest town of any size and is for the seasoned budget traveler or those searching for cultural experiences.
We loved this clean house with our 10 month old and 2.5 year old children. His staff was kind and helpful. The beach was stunning and a joy to listen to while laying in bed.?We are already planning a trip back.
we had a relaxing time around the house and mostly enjoyed the view and the warm showers in the morning. we liked the kitchen where we cooked and hung out in the backyard. was also nice to talk to the staff who told us a lot about the community. we are happy we stayed here!
Playa Gigante is absolutely beautiful and perfect if you're looking for an isolated beach spot to surf and relax. The community is a mix of friendly locals and expats, and it seems like almost everyone is an experienced surfer. Cows and dogs roam the dusty streets of the town; the beaches are mostly empty and very clean. There are a few bars and restaurants to visit along the main road. Party Wave was suggested for breakfast and coffee and did not disappoint. There is a small store in the town offering some essentials, including beer and rum. We found a scenic spot for seafood on top of the hill next to Dale's property where we had a view of Gigante and Playa Amarillo as the sun was setting.
Dale's house is just as pictured. Right on the beach, the waves crash a few hundred yards from the doorstep. The house is clean and spacious with a working kitchen and large bathroom and is surrounded by Dale's other listed properties.
Be prepared for the high winds at night to shake the roof, might not be an ideal place if you're a light sleeper, but we slept fairly well. When we arrived the electricity was out and a few men were doing construction on the houses. Dale explained later that the high winds had torn off a roof and knocked out the electricity. The electricity came on a few hours later when we (email hidden) down the road. If you're looking to take surf lessons or rent a board, you simply ask around town, everyone is willing to help.
We enjoyed our stay at Gigante and at Dale's house! Thanks for having us!
Dale's beach house was exactly what we were looking for. A little rustic, comfortable and welcoming. We really enjoyed our stay and I can honestly say that I would stay with Dale again if I return to Playa Gigante. It might take a little extra to get there but it is worth it for a very relaxing stay on the beach.
Dale's place was the jam. We spent 4 nights at Dale's and definitely had the chance to relax at the beach. The location to Gigante's store was perfect. There are two great restaurants and a local bar with digital juke box right next door on the beach. We felt like we were on Survivor at times. There is a community feel amongst the folks staying there: eating/cooking together, fires in the fire pit at night together, so we enjoyed getting to know some of the other patrons. The beaches are gorgeous. Playa Gigante, Amarillo and Colorado are all withing walking distance. We hiked up to the cliff at Gigante for some stellar views. Blue Sol played a college football game for us on their upstairs bar- much appreciated. There is no bank and no laundry services in the area although Dale's housekeepers may wash some things for you if you're nice. We took the 7:30AM bus (Monday- Saturday in front of Blue Sol) to Rivas for under 30 Cords. Loved all the hammocks at Dale's and cooking on the stove in the big house. The grocery store had all the supplies we needed but if you're coming from Tola/Rivas, stock up there because you'll save a bit of money. Dale was great to us. He refilled our gas container for the stove quickly after it ran out and gave us a new kitchen knife when he found out ours was chipped. Maximum chill potential at Dale's. Body surfed into many sunsets!
This is the kind of people who Airbnb attracts. I really like the "vibe of my paces now. The people make it I just try to provide the essentials and stay out of the way.
I can provide a taxi to meet your flight and he will stop at the Maxi Pali for shopping and ATM. He charges $80 and the ride is a couple hours.
Thanks again for being so cool and making our place better for you being here. I'm sitting in front of the Gigante store writing this drinking a cold Victoria. You have had to been here to know the feeling
The bodysurfing in the front yard is really good.
This is the perfect place to come by yourself or with your friends or your family to wind down and enjoy a small low-key village with very nice people and meet people from all over the world. I stayed six weeks with my wife and three young kids ages 9,7, and 5. We all did the spanish school which was fantastic. The house has more than enough room and is a very wonderful place to relax. The best part is how quiet it is every day in meeting amazing people from all over the world. Watching the sun set was a great way to finish every day.
This place is not for you if you absolutely need a/c, and can't handle an occasional bug, bat, or lizard inside. We thought it just added character :-)
The staff was absolutely amazing and very friendly. They will help you with anything.
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I left my home in San Diego California to go live in a shack on the North Shore of Oahu. I caught the surf bug early and have spent many years exploring the coastline from San Francisco to the Colombian border. Looking for good waves, nice people and prefect weather. Playa Gigante is where I stopped looking and started building. I believe Playa Gigante is one of the most magic spots on this coast and I have build several small comfortable house to stay in. I hope you will also find the magic that I enjoy here in Playa Gigante.