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 cooking, a long bar 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.
Josh (Owner), Ofelia (Manager), and Flor (Caretaker)
Driving Directions from the Airport
From the rental car desk in the airport, depending on the company, they will probably escort you next door to the lot in a shuttle. From there you will exit and go left (west)
from the airport (passing the Best Western “Las Mercedes” on your right) and travel on that road (the Carretera Norte) all the way along the north side of Managua. Try to stay in the middle lane, and stop fast on yellow lights. The road is pretty straight. There is one overpass type thing, and at one point the road seems to end at a random stop sign, but you just need to jog a little to the left and keep going straight. Eventually you will come to a big hill and will be able to tell that you are leaving the city. It will take 20-30 minutes to get to this point. Go up and over the hill and the road will spit you out going right/northwest on the new Leon highway. From there it is pretty much a straight shot. You will go through a few small towns (Mateare, Nagarote, La Paz Centro), then, after about an hour, the road will T in a place called Izapa. Go right and continue for about 30 more minutes to León.
When you get into Leon, you will come up on a Shell station. Go straight and then you will bear left around a turn and take a right where a small brown sign says "centro historico" (just after a two-story bar). Take that turn and go into the city - down then up a hill. You will come up between the back-side of the main cathedral (on left) and the market (a city block with vendor stalls on the right) through what feels like a parking lot. Go one more block and take a left on the corner that has two banks and a Curacao electronics store. From the left turn (ten feet after which there are ATMs on both sides if you still need cash) drive 9 blocks and take a left. Go one block to the stoplight and a take a right, going west towards Poneloya. You are now on Calle Central (also called Calle Ruben Dario) headed out of town. Keep going straight. After a few hundred meters you will come to a fork - stay left. From here it is a straight shot. Drive 10 miles from the fork and you will come down a hill into the beach town. There will be a little store on your right and a fork. Left goes to Las Penitas and right goes to Poneloya. Go right. There is only one main street in town that runs along the water. Go about 2 1/2 blocks past the big wood restaurant, "Pariente Salinas", and you'll see a weird house on the left that has a diagonal wall that juts out into the street (which locals call the “Casa de Barco”). Casa Kaya is the second one past that house with the red metal door on the left and a yellow wall.