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Rancho Santana

World-class Surf Resort located on Nicaragua’s pristine Emerald Coast!

Situated on the Southwest Pacific coast between the vast Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua, The Ranch is located on one of the Pacific’s only isthmuses. Bordered on both sides by water,  Rancho Santana enjoys consistent swells and nearly constant offshore breezes. The Ranch boasts 2,700 acres of rolling hills, five unique beaches, a variety of dining options, and a myriad of activities from adventure sports to spa treatments to entertain the whole family!

Whether you’re seeking the luxurious amenities of the boutique Inn or the privacy of an ocean-view home, Rancho Santana provides unique accommodation options inspired by the natural beauty of Nicaragua’s stunning Pacific coast.

The Resort

Fronted by the Pacific Ocean with an unspoiled dry forest landscape, Rancho Santana delivers world-class accommodations and amenities with a dedication to sustainability.

The five distinct beaches allow guests to enjoy a variety of seaside experiences. Playa Santana is considered “the hub” of the property as many of the amenities and services are an easy walk from this locale. This beach is a favourite for surfing, horseback riding, and sunsets and the perfect place for those who wish to enjoy nearby amenities including the signature Sand Dollar Pool and Residence Pool. Playa Rosada is home to The Pool House, and it is perfect for the shell collector, the experienced surfer, or those taking a stroll along the rocks at low tide back to the Clubhouse.

Waves at Rancho Santana

Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast offers some of Nicaragua’s best surf conditions. Steady offshore breezes combine with a perfectly angled coastline to create world-class surf conditions and warm weather almost 330 days out of the year. Nicaragua has two seasons: dry season typically runs from November through May with little to no precipitation and light winds. From June through November the “green season” sees tropical conditions, sunny days marked with periodic rain and bigger swells.

At Rancho Santana, there is a great variety of waves perfect for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Playa Santana is an amazing barreling and rippable beach break with many fun peaks! Playa Rosada is a pink sand beach, known for its unique left point reef break only accessible for those staying at the resort. Playa Los Perros is home to the Surf Shop, and offers lessons, board rentals and a selection of surf gear.

Why We Love Rancho Santana

World-class surfing at Playa Santana and exclusive access to the left-hander pointbreak of Playa Rosada!

The great selection of luxury accommodations, from the guestrooms at the Inn to the secluded Ocean View Homes!

The wide selection of fun activities for the whole family and the amazing on-site Kids Club!

Ready to surf in Nicaragua?

Accommodation

The Inn at Rancho Santana is a two-story, 17 room boutique oceanfront hotel located on Playa Santana. It offers a variety of unique guestrooms and suites with spacious and private ocean-view terraces. The Residences at the Inn offer three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo-style units with a kitchen and living area.

Nestled on secluded lots the luxurious Ocean-View Homes feature their own pools and offer panoramic views of Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline. Constructed for maximum scenery, these homes require a 4×4 rental vehicle. The Puerta del Mar Villas are two to three bedrooms, condo-style units beachfront on Playa Santana, offering incredible ocean views. The Garden-View Casitas are two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin-style accommodations with kitchens and living areas, a short walk to Playa Santana.

The Cuisine

Renowned for its integrity and authenticity, Rancho Santa strives to use only the freshest natural local ingredients available. Sourced from the organic farm and garden or provided by a local co-op of fishermen, the resort dishes deliver an authentic taste of the best farm-to-table cuisine Nicaragua has to offer.

Located on Playa Santana, La Finca y el Mar serves farm-to-table fare with a Nicaraguan twist: fresh sourced seafood, meats, and organic produce. At The Inn, el Café serves freshly brewed Nicaraguan coffee alongside sandwiches, pastries, smoothies. Boasting an open-air kitchen and terrace dining area, La Boquita serves an ever-changing lineup of wood fire oven pizzas, raspas, and small plates accompanied by a selection of locally brewed craft beers, wines, and signature cocktails. At Playa Los Perros, La Taqueria offers light, fresh beach fare in a rustic, casual setting: baja-style tacos, quesadillas, ceviches, homemade tortillas and garden-fresh salsas are all on the menu.

Activities

Rancho Santana loves finding ways to provide our guests with exclusive experiences and activities and offers a weekly schedule of activities that let you explore and experience the area in a variety of different ways. Join a guided nature hike to explore the flora and fauna around the over 12 miles of trails, try sandboarding at Playa Duna, practise yoga overlooking the Pacific, go for a sunset horseback ride or on a boat fishing trip! Discover the history and natural beauty of Nicaragua through our selection of guided tours of the surrounding area! Guests of Rancho Santana can hit the links on two nearby courses, the 9-hole course at neighbouring Hacienda Iguana, and Guacalito de la Isla’s signature oceanfront 18-hole world-class course!

Wellness

The Spa in El Bosque is a 6,000 sqft spa and wellness sanctuary, built into Rancho Santana’s rugged hillside, offering visitors a calm, cool respite from the Nicaraguan sun and surf. The Spa space features a chilled relaxation room boasting a tranquil terrace with sweeping valley views, massage rooms, deluxe manicure & pedicure lounge, and private treatment cabanas. Inspired by the abundance of natural resources, the products feature indigenous ingredients and one-of-a-kind aromas allowing the guests to take a part of Rancho Santana back with them. Our salt is sourced locally from neighbouring salt farms while coconut oil, sugar, and coffee come from various regions of Nicaragua.

Kids Club

Rancho Santana is the perfect place for families to explore, discover, and experience together. Kids at Rancho Santana have access to the incredible Kids Club, babysitting services, and Kids Night Out program. The 2,700 acres are a playground for kids of all ages and the Kids Club offers programs throughout the property, including fun on the farm, and kids excursions, as well as a variety of recreational camps. At the Inn, the Kids Club Studio is a fully equipped play paradise stocked with materials and resources for art projects, story time, games, movies and more! Rancho Santana offers also bilingual and Spanish speaking babysitters.

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Rancho Santana

World-class Surf Resort located on Nicaragua’s pristine Emerald Coast!

Situated on the Southwest Pacific coast between the vast Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua, The Ranch is located on one of the Pacific’s only isthmuses. Bordered on both sides by water,  Rancho Santana enjoys consistent swells and nearly constant offshore breezes. The Ranch boasts 2,700 acres of rolling hills, five unique beaches, a variety of dining options, and a myriad of activities from adventure sports to spa treatments to entertain the whole family!

Whether you’re seeking the luxurious amenities of the boutique Inn or the privacy of an ocean-view home, Rancho Santana provides unique accommodation options inspired by the natural beauty of Nicaragua’s stunning Pacific coast.

The Resort

Fronted by the Pacific Ocean with an unspoiled dry forest landscape, Rancho Santana delivers world-class accommodations and amenities with a dedication to sustainability.

The five distinct beaches allow guests to enjoy a variety of seaside experiences. Playa Santana is considered “the hub” of the property as many of the amenities and services are an easy walk from this locale. This beach is a favourite for surfing, horseback riding, and sunsets and the perfect place for those who wish to enjoy nearby amenities including the signature Sand Dollar Pool and Residence Pool. Playa Rosada is home to The Pool House, and it is perfect for the shell collector, the experienced surfer, or those taking a stroll along the rocks at low tide back to the Clubhouse.

Waves at Rancho Santana

Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast offers some of Nicaragua’s best surf conditions. Steady offshore breezes combine with a perfectly angled coastline to create world-class surf conditions and warm weather almost 330 days out of the year. Nicaragua has two seasons: dry season typically runs from November through May with little to no precipitation and light winds. From June through November the “green season” sees tropical conditions, sunny days marked with periodic rain and bigger swells.

At Rancho Santana, there is a great variety of waves perfect for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Playa Santana is an amazing barreling and rippable beach break with many fun peaks! Playa Rosada is a pink sand beach, known for its unique left point reef break only accessible for those staying at the resort. Playa Los Perros is home to the Surf Shop, and offers lessons, board rentals and a selection of surf gear.

Why We Love Rancho Santana

World-class surfing at Playa Santana and exclusive access to the left-hander pointbreak of Playa Rosada!

The great selection of luxury accommodations, from the guestrooms at the Inn to the secluded Ocean View Homes!

The wide selection of fun activities for the whole family and the amazing on-site Kids Club!

Ready to surf in Nicaragua?

Accommodation

The Inn at Rancho Santana is a two-story, 17 room boutique oceanfront hotel located on Playa Santana. It offers a variety of unique guestrooms and suites with spacious and private ocean-view terraces. The Residences at the Inn offer three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo-style units with a kitchen and living area.

Nestled on secluded lots the luxurious Ocean-View Homes feature their own pools and offer panoramic views of Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline. Constructed for maximum scenery, these homes require a 4×4 rental vehicle. The Puerta del Mar Villas are two to three bedrooms, condo-style units beachfront on Playa Santana, offering incredible ocean views. The Garden-View Casitas are two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin-style accommodations with kitchens and living areas, a short walk to Playa Santana.

The Cuisine

Renowned for its integrity and authenticity, Rancho Santa strives to use only the freshest natural local ingredients available. Sourced from the organic farm and garden or provided by a local co-op of fishermen, the resort dishes deliver an authentic taste of the best farm-to-table cuisine Nicaragua has to offer.

Located on Playa Santana, La Finca y el Mar serves farm-to-table fare with a Nicaraguan twist: fresh sourced seafood, meats, and organic produce. At The Inn, el Café serves freshly brewed Nicaraguan coffee alongside sandwiches, pastries, smoothies. Boasting an open-air kitchen and terrace dining area, La Boquita serves an ever-changing lineup of wood fire oven pizzas, raspas, and small plates accompanied by a selection of locally brewed craft beers, wines, and signature cocktails. At Playa Los Perros, La Taqueria offers light, fresh beach fare in a rustic, casual setting: baja-style tacos, quesadillas, ceviches, homemade tortillas and garden-fresh salsas are all on the menu.

Activities

Rancho Santana loves finding ways to provide our guests with exclusive experiences and activities and offers a weekly schedule of activities that let you explore and experience the area in a variety of different ways. Join a guided nature hike to explore the flora and fauna around the over 12 miles of trails, try sandboarding at Playa Duna, practise yoga overlooking the Pacific, go for a sunset horseback ride or on a boat fishing trip! Discover the history and natural beauty of Nicaragua through our selection of guided tours of the surrounding area! Guests of Rancho Santana can hit the links on two nearby courses, the 9-hole course at neighbouring Hacienda Iguana, and Guacalito de la Isla’s signature oceanfront 18-hole world-class course!

Wellness

The Spa in El Bosque is a 6,000 sqft spa and wellness sanctuary, built into Rancho Santana’s rugged hillside, offering visitors a calm, cool respite from the Nicaraguan sun and surf. The Spa space features a chilled relaxation room boasting a tranquil terrace with sweeping valley views, massage rooms, deluxe manicure & pedicure lounge, and private treatment cabanas. Inspired by the abundance of natural resources, the products feature indigenous ingredients and one-of-a-kind aromas allowing the guests to take a part of Rancho Santana back with them. Our salt is sourced locally from neighbouring salt farms while coconut oil, sugar, and coffee come from various regions of Nicaragua.

Kids Club

Rancho Santana is the perfect place for families to explore, discover, and experience together. Kids at Rancho Santana have access to the incredible Kids Club, babysitting services, and Kids Night Out program. The 2,700 acres are a playground for kids of all ages and the Kids Club offers programs throughout the property, including fun on the farm, and kids excursions, as well as a variety of recreational camps. At the Inn, the Kids Club Studio is a fully equipped play paradise stocked with materials and resources for art projects, story time, games, movies and more! Rancho Santana offers also bilingual and Spanish speaking babysitters.

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Justin West 19/04/2022

TrustPilot
I run surf coaching trips to perfect, uncrowded waves and I relied on the AWAVE team to deliver for my clients a month long boat trip to the Maldives. We had great waves on an absolutley 5* boat called North Seven which I REALLY recommend you enquire about.

I was dubious at first as a few boats were changed, in for repair but James assured me correctly this was a usual thing and they would endevour to find us the very best replacement (which they did). North Seven was so new we were the third guests but the crew were super experienced and could not have given us a better service. Captain Usmaan, the Chef great food, Hasan and Azim our surf boat operators could not have worked any harder and always had a smile even after the 50th request to speed us to the line up or spend four hours cruising looking or waves.

AWAVE team were always on hand to answer any fears and smooth out any worries. The payment system using Revolut was super easy.

We did have a few hiccups with the local airlines which was resolved and partly our fault (as for a month trip we took alot of surfboards and in some cases were over weight).

Take the fear out of booking and especially group bookings by using the AWAVE team. Justin West Coaching recommended.

Alex J. Zalewski II 12/11/20

Trustpilot
These guys are the BEST! Massively knowledgeable, fun and absolute shredders. I approached them asking for a UK winter getaway somewhere in the Indian Ocean and they suggested the perfect place, awesome setup with the beach a short stroll from my accommodation with 3 sick waves breaking over reefs to chose from. Real life doesn’t get much better than this. I also popped my barrel cherry in a big way on this trip so it was a truely memorable one. James also somehow wangled a boat charter to some super remote islands where we scored epic surf and landed some massive fish. James’ broken Indonesian language skills will get you places. Thanks again guys you rock.

Christine Losser 04/27/21

Trustpilot
James was very helpful and always there to answer all the questions. I will definitely book again with him!

Mark Carless 05/11/21

Trustpilot
James is a super knowledgeable surfer with a great ability to match any trip requirements to the right locations. He has arranged several trips for me and my friends in France, Morocco and more recently Indonesia. Awave have a great knowledge of all the surf spots and will go the extra mile to make sure your trip is all set up. With limited time to do this myself their service was invaluable.

Andrea Gomez 05/19/21

Trustpilot
Giuliana has been amazing to work with!! She was always available and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your help! We can't wait for our trip!

Adam 05/23/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service from start to finish from James and his team. After having several ‘self organised’ trips to Asia end with only a handful of good surf days I decided this time to use Awave in hope of maximising my valuable holiday time. James custom built a trip for me and my friends tailored for our abilities and requirements. There were no days wasted waiting for transfers as he organised it all from the airport to the beach. We scored pretty much every day whilst also having a surf trip that had that ‘off the beaten track’ feel we wanted. To round it off there was also a secret boat trip in the end where we surfed an awesome spot just us...Unforgettable. Will be using again.

Micio Pardo 07/13/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service and support from Giulia during our trip. During a self organised trip to Maldives, we ended up in a sketchy situation: the hotel was far from the described plus the owner 'forgot' to mention that the whole island was in lockdown for a covid emergency. I quickly realized that I would need support and the best in class. That's when I decided to use Awave! Giulia answered reactively and custom built several solutions for me and my girlfriend, based on what feasible, our budget and surfing preferences!! No other words needed. Thanks Giulia, we'll be in touch again!

Caroline 07/18/21

Trustpilot
A wave travel were great! They helped me organize my trip to Sumatra. I would definitely book with them again!

Harry Vargas 07/19/21

Trustpilot
My friends and I recently went on a trip to the Maldives. We booked a week on the Hudhuranfushi resort which was amazing! The staff was very welcoming, flawless facilities and tasty food. One day our surf guide Ryan caught a fish and made some sashimi on the spot! I think that was pretty thoughtful! Awave agency really made sure all our needs where met as we where a big group of friends. A very personal approach and clear communication. Epic surf, great service, memories of a lifetime! I highly recommend traveling with Awave!

A. Laprell 09/03/21

Trustpilot
I had just arrived in Bali when the whole of Indonesia went into lockdown again. Despite travel restrictions such as mandatory vaccination and PCR tests, flight cancellations and even the fast ferries to the Mentawis being cancelled, Giulia tried everything to get me there. It was a hell of a trip to get there but totally worth it.

I scored pristine and empty Mentawis. The resort was affordable yet very luxurious given the remoteness. And with their great surf guide and their boat, I scored amazing empty waves!
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