About this listing
We have several separate houses that all share the same amenities like clean well equipped kitchen, well maintained bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers to get the sand off. Walk five min and your on the most beautiful surfing beach in the Americas. I've spent twenty years finding surfing beaches in the Americas and this is where I stopped looking and started building. There are several chill spots on the property. Comfy rocking chairs, hammocks and tables to work on. Exceptional staff.
Simple airy two bedroom that easily sleeps six.
This house can sleep eight but if your bigger group, we also rent out other rooms on the same property.
Nothing like waking up right on the beach. You sleep to the sound of surf and wake to the sound of breaking surf and birds in the trees
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.
Meet the fishermen right on the beach and buy fresh fish and lobsters.
Fruit and veggie truck arrives daily
The,sometimes monkey filled, trees, shade the house and make it nice and cool in the afternoons. This in NOT a development where you are basically stuck inside a 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.
I swim and body surf in front of the house as often as I can. A water mans paradise
We have several separate houses that all share the same amenities like clean well equipped kitchen, well maintained bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers to get the sand off. Walk five min and your on the most beautiful surfing beach in the Americas. I've spent twenty plus years finding surfing beaches in the Americas and this is where I stopped looking and started building. There are several chill spots on the property. Comfy rocking chairs, hammocks and tables to work on. Cool,shady and airy.
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.
Where to eat:
Standing on the beach. looking at the ocean, if you turn right you will come to a small hill we call the LOMA. At the bottom of the Loma is Mana Lynn’s and the Gigante Spanish Language School. Dona Lynn cooks Nica style meals over a wood fire. Everything is good. Consult the white board for options. Ask the price before you order, sometimes there is confusion over the price. They are a good source for close, cold beer. Bring your own bottle to trade so you can get a cheaper price.
If you turn left right at the front fence and follow it across the river you will come to the Bar Cascada. This short cut keeps you from having to walk thru Dona Lynn’s. Cascade sells ice cold beer to go and tacos, burritos and chicken dinners. All very good. Remember that we reuse the beer bottles in Nicaragua so to avoid paying a deposit take a bottle from the bucket in the largest chill zone. Look around you will see it.
Buena Vista is at the top of the Loma and offers a commanding view of the sunset and beach to the north. The food is good.
Now, if you were to turn left on the beach, right next door you can get a drink from 4 to 8 and have a great third floor view. Continue south on the beach and you will come to Mirador Margarita’s. This is a beachfront restaurant that doesn’t serve margaritas but the fish is some of the best in town. The reason for this is the fish processing plant is owned by the same family. It is just next-door on the inland side. You can buy fresh fish here also.
Now leaving the beach and walking down the road to the right and the center of town
you will come to Blue Sol. They have Wifi, TV and an upstairs dining room. Some guests love the food and others say it’s just passable. Service is inconsistent.
Across the street Kitty Corner is an un-named restaurant. Dotina Cachita cooks wonderful meals but bring a good book. It takes awhile.
Next-door is the Eskimo Ice Cream store!
Across the street is Mar y Mar. Another place offering typical Nica style foods. They were really popular till they installed the JukeBox. Sometimes the noise is just a bit much.
About another block down the road is Michelle’s. This is the “fancy” place in town. Weekends are full of people from Managua. They have proper drinks and an extensive menu . I’ve eaten there twice.
Party Wave has smoothies and lunch specials on the right side of the street.
The next restaurant down the road is “Juntos” pronounced who n tos. Canadian run bar and restaurant, that is probably the most popular in town. They have oven fired pizza on Fridays and they really work hard on quality and service.
Then you have The Hostel which is called Camino Gigante. The restaurant is there and they have food. Most everyone goes for the drinking. Tons of people. Wednesday is open mike night with local talent. In this little town, it is a big deal.
Next door to the Hostel is Giant’s Foot surf tours. They are only open to the public on Monday for Burger Night. Go early and and the rush.
Many places rent surfboards, I recommend Doug at Salty’s Surfboard Rentals. Go all the way into town on the only road till you have to turn left. There he is.
Other things to note
Welcome to Dale’s Cool Places,
How to find it on your own:
There is a Bus that leaves the Rivas Mercado at 1:30 PM and arrives in front of my places to stay at 3:30.
You can also catch a cab from Rivas for about 500 cordobas. Be sure to have your driver turn right on the only street in town. I am 300 meter down the road right on the beach behind green gates. Keep your eyes open for a sign because sometimes the gates are open .
The easiest way to get here is to have a driver meet your flight. If is during working hours, he will take you also to a large store for shopping and to use an ATM. This costs $85 and is easy.
There is a well equipped communal kitchen to share so you can cook your own breakfast, etc. Send us the dates and time as you get closer to your arrival dates if you wish to have us arrange this service.
If you are in the Two bedroom house or the Casita you will have your own kitchen.