Beach House Right On the Ocean!

House - Entire home/apt · NIC, Poneloya, Leon, Nicaragua

Five-bedroom house in one of the most famous and authentic Nicaraguan beach communities, just 15 minutes from the colonial city of León.

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Five-bedroom house in one of the most famous and authentic Nicaraguan beach communities, just 15 minutes from the colonial city of León.

The Space

Located ocean-side in the small beach community of Poneloya, Nicaragua, only 18 kilometers from colonial Leon, this 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is perfect for a relaxing beach getaway. Come enjoy the open beach, the waves, the fresh fish, and a taste of the authentic Nicaraguan coast.

Two of the five bedrooms are equipped with AC. There is bed space for 12 people (one queen, two doubles, six singles). The appropriate number of beds will be made up with linens and you will receive a bath towel for each guest. Beach towels are not provided. Our caretaker will clean the house every other day and replace the linens once a week. The centerpiece of the house is a big, open kitchen/dining space with a huge counter for (email hidden) with bar stools, and plenty of space to socialize. There are large covered terraces on both the beach side and garden side of the house where you can eat or relax in the shade and the hammocks. On the beach side of the house there is a thatched roof "rancho" where you can enjoy the view of the waves.

Most renters have a car and can park it in the large yard where there is room for 3 or 4 vehicles. Poneloya can also be accessed by taxi (about $12 from Leon; $65 from the airport) or buses which leave on the hour from El Mercado Sutiava in Leon (30 minutes, about 50 cents). Leon is only about 15 minutes on a paved road by car, so it is also a great day trip to enjoy the attractions, go to the supermarket, see a movie, or enjoy some live music.

Poneloya has a few businesses - a handful of convenience stores and a few seafood restaurants that serve beer and overlook the inlet at the north end of the beach. The connected beach/village of Las Peñitas is likely where you will go for food and drinks. There are a number of small hostels and restaurants (a few minutes by car, 10 by bike, 40 by foot). The best is La Barca de Oro at the far end of the beach overlooking the estuary. You can tell the owner Sandrine that you are staying at Casa Kaya. Her staff makes wonderful fresh fish. Activities on the beach include fishing, horseback riding, boat tours through a nature-reserve, and surfing.

Nicaragua is not Mexico, and Poneloya is not Cancun. For anyone looking for nightclubs, pyramids, banana boat rides, etc.... this is not the place. Poneloya is an authentic beach community with beautiful sunsets, wide-open beaches, and some funky tourist-friendly businesses. Nearby Leon is a colonial gem, and Nicaragua in general still has a largely magical, untouched feel to it (barring a few tourist meccas like San Juan del Sur and Granada).

A few other things to note:
- Nicaragua in general is very safe, but like anywhere in Latin America, risks can be minimized by being aware. Violent crime and robbery are basically unheard of in Leon and Poneloya. Petty theft does sometimes occur. Casa Kaya can be closed and locked on both the beach and street sides. We provide an onsite night caretaker to help move in beach furniture and to make our guests feel secure.
- The house is pet friendly. Unless your dog is skinny enough to get through the gate, it can be kept inside the inner yard.
- There is no internet available at the house. You can get internet access at small businesses on the beach, as well as in Leon.
- We provide the first 5-gallon jug of drinking water and a dispenser. Replacement jugs can be purchased across the street.
- Swimming right in front of the house is one of the great things about Casa Kaya. Currents and waves can be strong at high tide. The nearby estuary is great for small kids.
- The waves out front can be good for surfing. The neighboring beach of Las Peñitas has two or three even more reliable breaks. There are some exceptional breaks that can be accessed by car.

Rates: Our prices are $110/night for 6 nights or fewer, $90/night for 7 nights or more, and $60/night for 30 nights or more (these prices do not include charges applied by publicity websites). A high season rate of $175 is applied during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, and La Purisima (Dec. 6-8). All prices are for up to 8 people. The cost for each additional guest will be $10/pp/per night.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

*This beautiful beach house is also for sale as is, fully-furnished and functional, with a manager, caretaker, and thriving rental business. We respect the Airbnb model and their rules for outside correspondence, so you would only be able to enquire about the house sale once a rental reservation is made through this site.

Happy travels,
Josh (Owner), Ofelia (Manager), and Flor (Caretaker)

Guest Access

Guests will have private use of this fully-furnished house. This includes linens, bath towels, and all kitchen supplies.

Interaction with Guests

As owner, I work with guests through the inquiry process. Once a reservation is made, I pass the correspondence on to our in-country manager. Upon arrival, guests will be taken care of by a local caretaker.

The Neighborhood

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Getting around

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Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 8
Extra people: $10 / night after 8 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • This is a lovely place to stay. Comfortable and spacious. The well-equipped kitchen with new microwave and fridge and excellent blender were terrific and the location can't be beat. We used the house as a base to explore the area, went to Leon a few days and kayaking in Las Pinetas as well as swimming at the end of the Poneloya beach. Josh and Ofelia were super accomodating and responsive. And the housekeeper Flor was a peach.

    April 2014
  • We arrived feeling the place was a little plain after El Convento in Leon but the relaxed beach life quickly captured us. Swimming on the beach out front was great at low tide as it shelves out flat. High tide requires more care. All the help was very kind and thorough. The kitchen worked well as we cooked several meals there.

    January 2014
  • Josh’s house on Poneloya Beach was just what the doctor ordered. We had no problem finding the place and as soon as we entered the house we began to feel at home. The house is located in a quaint little town, but as soon as you close the gate behind you it is all about the beach! I need to mention that being in the town should not be a deterrent...the street is clean, restaurants are good and the people are amazingly friendly ... Las Penitas is only a couple of km away if you want to party and dine.

    The house is well equipped with all necessary amenities including a well laid out kitchen and we put it to good use with the readily available supply of fresh fish and fruit. The blender got a good workout! We really felt like we experienced Nicaragua. We never felt like safety was an issue and Flor (housekeeper) was a fountain of info...we struggled with the language barrier but it was polite and fun...and we always understood each other in the end.

    This was an awesome week and good value. Nicaragua is a beautiful place and Poneloya is no exception. We often had the expansive beach to ourselves and never failed to make it out for a spectacular sunset with a refreshing drink in hand. We spent hours picking seashells on morning walks and had sun every day. Well, enough said...I recommend Casa Kaya and will definitely be returning.

    Dec 2013

    December 2013
  • Casa de Kaya is absolutely wonderful. We took a group of friends down there in July and had a great stay. The kitchen is fully stocked, which is great for cooking group meals. The house is equipped with multiple hammocks and tons of outdoor furniture for sitting out - there are multiple outdoor spaces so people can spread out. We had 10 people there at one time and it never felt crowded. The bedrooms are comfortable and clean. Access to the beach is perfect, and we pretty much felt like we had a private beach the whole time. During the summer, the lightening storms and star watching is wonderful. I would highly recommend this house if you are looking for a relaxing beach escape. Poneloya is a very small town, but it was ideal for our needs - we did not want a commercial or touristy area. There are a few area restaurants and bars between Poneloya and Las Penitas, but we mostly cooked and drank at home to enjoy the house. The sunsets will also stun you! You can surf and do a variety of water activities nearby as well. Getting to know Nicaragua was a wonderful experience. Josh and his local housekeeper Flor are extremely responsive and there to help with any and all questions you have.

    July 2013
  • Casa Kaya was absolutely amazing, I mean breathtaking. The house was clean, stocked with the essentials, multiple hammocks to lounge in, and books to read. There is not much to do in Poneloya its self, however, the town on the other side of the beach is more catered to tourists. Definitely head there, by a 2 minute taxi or a nice 8-10 minute bike taxi ride, for some surf rentals (only $5 for half a day!) and a good lunch on the beach. Leon is about a 15 minute taxi ride for about 300 cords, or if you dont mind being PACKED into a chicken bus, you can take one of those for 12 cords each. I would absolutely recommend a full day in Leon, it is a beautiful and interesting city to walk around in. Josh and his staff, who can be non-existent if you wish, do everything to make your stay pleasurable and perfect.

    There is only 1 or 2 things that people should be aware of. The sand is extremely hot during the day, even with sandals you will be forced to walk by the water, so don't expect to be playing volleyball or soccer on the beach until the late afternoon. Also, the water is very strong, with waves that will knock down most people, and an undertow to be very wary of, even for a good swimmer. There are calmer places about a ten minute walk down the beach though, so dont let that completely discourage you! Me and my girlfriend will definitely be returning soon!

    March 2013
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I am a teacher, writer, and traveler. After spending 15 years living and working in various cities and countries (SF, DC, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Burkina Faso) I moved to Montreal, Quebec where I received an M.A. in Educational Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching ESL at McGill University. I consider Montreal and Nicaragua my homes, with requisite annual visits to San Francisco and many stopovers to see family and friends in NYC & CT.
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