1. Nicaragua
  2. León
  3. Municipio León
  4. Ocean Front Solar Beach Cottage/ Turtle Sanctuary

Ocean Front Solar Beach Cottage/ Turtle Sanctuary

1br Home/Apartment
Municipio León,León,Nicaragua
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
Good5 reviews
airbnb$35 - $46

Description

The Space

This location is for the traveler who tires of tourist locations and of having to share a beach with people. This beach has a handful of tasteful houses with only four families residing here full time. One can always find interesting shells and rocks and the ocean is always warm. Locals are friendly and helpful. One will always hear the ocean due to the flow of air through the house. At night, one hears the crickets and the stars are amazing! You can watch them from your bed and hear the ocean through the huge picture window. The windows have no glass, just screens, bamboo shades and bars or shutters. The house sleeps 7 and a large tent and air mattresses are also available for an extra charge as well as an additional outdoor shower and outdoor toilet for larger groups. And during the months of September to January, the turtle sanctuary is running. This is to the right of the property. Feel free to get involved and volunteer! Most nights when the sun starts to set, hundreds of baby turtles are released into the water daily! Feel free to watch or join in and help with the release. It is a once in a lifetime experience.

Guest Access

The entire house is yours to enjoy when you rent it. The yard is very private with trees and wild space between the eco-casita yard and neighbors. However, from the second week of September to the second week in January, the turtle sanctuary is active on a patch of land next to the house. Jorge, the caretaker for the turtles, stays there most of the time and sleeps at the turtle sanctuary to protect them. Jorge is a lovely soul and enjoys involving guests in the care of and the release of baby turtles.

Interaction with Guests

The property hosts, Matt and Rachel, will either meet you when you arrive and if necessary send someone to pick you up at your location if need be for a fee. They live a few house down the beach from the eco-casita where they manage a larger beachfront property. They are the main point of contact during your stay and are happy to help you out. They can organize fabulous day trips for paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, surf lessons, horseback riding, fresh fish delivered to your house, etc.

The Neighborhood

There are four full time neighbors. However, there are plenty of crabs, birds, an occasional iguana, and depending on the time of the year, turtles that have been known to lay their eggs in the yard including an occasional leatherback. There is a turtle sanctuary in the side yard of the house that incubates eggs from the second week of September to the first week of January. During the last season of incubation, 18,000 eggs were incubated including hawksbill and leatherback turtle eggs. Horses can be rented to ride on the beachfront for a reasonable fee. The local Canadian hosts, Rachel and Matt, are very warm, caring and positive. The couple are super gracious hosts and will make sure your time at the eco-casita is rewarding and relaxing. Rachel and Matt can also hook you up with helpful and exciting services such as trips to Leon, the grocery store, airport shuttle, horseback riding, surf lessons, tour of nature preserve Isla de San Juan Venado, tour of Leon, volcano boarding, service project and so on. They are a wealth of information!

Getting Around

You can walk 3 kilometers along the beach to catch the local bus or hitch or pay for a ride to the busstop. Alternatively, you can pay for or catch a lift to town. It is common practice with the locals to catch a ride and most every driver with space will offer a ride free of charge. It is common courtesy in the area. Also, Rachel and Matt can set you up with local private transportation. If you prefer your own transportation, it is recommended to have a jeep or rugged vehicle for access but it can be managed also with a motorcycle or without a vehicle. During Green Season from June to September or October, the roads are much worse due to frequent rain. A four wheel drive is required then for the access road or otherwise you plan your road trips according to the tide and drive on the beach.

Other Things to Note

The ocean is well suited for surfers and body or boogie boarders, 2 boogie boards are available for your use. For swimmers, it is important to note ocean conditions before swimming out. If the waves are high and the current feels strong, it's best to take a quick dip in the shallows to assess if water conditions are comfortable for you. The current tends to be strongest when the tide is coming in. I love the water and enjoy the great surf. Remember it is generally recommended swimming or engaging in water sports when other people are around just for extra safety. Tenants who rent monthly pay for water weekly as it is brought in from a well a few miles inland in a truck to fill tanks. It cost approximately $10 to $15 per person per week depending on conservation practices. You may purchase 5 gallon jugs of drinking water from the local property managers and they will bring it to your house and set it up for you. Otherwise, you can buy drinking water from the grocery store. For weekly or 5 day rentals, the host pays for house water up to 4 people but not the drinking water. Gas for the oven is the tenant's responsibility when staying for a month or longer to refill when empty. Be aware that internet is satellite based and is unreliable and sporadic. This is the perfect opportunity to disconnect and enjoy your surrounding.

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Amenities
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking on premises
  • Pets allowed
  • Family/kid friendly
  • Suitable for events
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Essentials
  • Shampoo
  • Hangers
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • Self Check-In
  • Lockbox
Bedrooms
1
Sleeps
7 - Real Bed
Bathrooms
1

Place's rules

Guests must book for minimum of 5 nights. Guest are expected to report any issues with the house to the property managers in a timely manner and report any damages as well prior to departure. Guests understand that they have be conservative with electrical use and not bring energy hogs like hair dryers and electric shavors to use. Also, don't leave on lights, fans and other electronics when not in use. Understand if you drain the batteries, then you will be without lights and power with the exception of the refrigerator. This has only been an issue once or twice when guests were not considerate of the fact that this is a a small solar ecocasita. Guest understand that this is a remote location with a rough road for entry. During rainy season, the road often requires four wheel drive or travel takes place at low tide along the beach to and from Salinas Grandes Village.
Checkin time
3:00 PM
Checkout time
12:00 PM

Location

Address
Salinas Grandes, Leon, Nicaragua

Reviews & Ratings

Overall Score: Good90% - 5 reviews
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