This back-to-nature home features huge windows with amazing views of a virgen beach where sea turtles lay their eggs on a large private lot with no view of other houses and plenty of shade trees for lounging in hammocks. The air flows freely through completely screened but not glassed windows secured with bars or shutters for safety. Seven solar panels provide energy for the solar fridge/freezer, blender, fans, internet server, cell phone signal booster, television with cable, and your personal devices including computer. The possibility exists to assist with the turtle sanctuary on the property next to the house from the second half of September to early January.
Eco-Casita Truda is a place to escape civilization and feel one with nature. It is 40 minutes to an hour from Leon depending on how you travel but it feels like a world away. You constantly hear the mesmerizing sound of the surf. In the evening, you add to that, the sounds of the crickets and the spectacular view of the stars and all cares are wiped away.
This lovely large beach front property with trees that are natural to the area is in a secluded section of Salinas Grandes beach which has a dozen tasteful beachhouses, mostly owned by expats. There are four families as permanent residents. Both lots on either side of the property are currently vacant which gives the Eco-Casita an even more secluded feel while still being close to caring neighbors. The closes neighbor is an American couple who live on the beach full time and are very kind to neighbors and visitors.
The sand is volcanic so is a darker color. The beach and entrance to the ocean is smooth sand. The warm waters in this area stay shallow for a good distance in the ocean. This beach and exact location is an ideal surfer spot.A surfing visitor was amazed to have such a great surf break all to herself for a month. She said that is a rare find. The ocean water is warm and comfortable year round. Residents swim and surf here but be cognizant of possible currents and if you are not a strong swimmer and feel a strong currant, stay in the shallow water. There are two beach chairs, two boogie boards and beach games available for guest use.
Pelicans and other nautical birds accompany the high tide as they dive in to capture their dinner. Fishermen frequent these waters and it is possible to go out with them or purchase fish from them down the beach. The road to the house is not paved and can be rough. During rainy season, a 4x4 vehicle is often required. The road is improved after rainy season and a car with a higher carriage is better but a 4-wheel drive is not required. The drive from the Salinas Grandes road is about 3.5 kilometers through the salt flats. The property manager can arrange pick up in Leon or Managua with stops to pick up needed supplies as well as regular trips to Leon for shopping and site seeing. This is the owner's recommendation versus renting a car. It is cheaper overall and less hassle. It is also possible to walk along the beach to the bus stop in Salinas Grandes village and catch the local bus to town or alternatively higher a motorcycle ride or car ride to the bus stop. It is not necessary to have a vehicle for a week stay.
There are plenty of fun activities in the area to participate in such as horseback riding on the beach, surf lessons and surf board rental, kayaking and paddle boarding at the nearby river, fishing boat excursions, tour of the Isla de San Juan de Venado Nature Preserve, volcano boarding, tour of Leon, etc. The property managers can hook you up with the appropriate contacts for these adventures.
Here are some features of the house:
Fully solar and fully screened for mosquitos
Naturally air-conditioned with open air flowing through in the upper areas of the ceiling, large windows and double doors that open to the front porch and view of the ocean
Very large living/dining/kitchen space is open air with barred windows and shades that roll down but no glass windows to separate from the outdoors, Living area has sofa that can convert into a trundle bed supplying two very comfortable single beds plus an additional single bed in a corner of the huge main room of the house.
Large light-filled bedroom with an enormous window with an amazing view of the ocean. The bedroom windows are screened and have wooden shutters. This room can be completely locked and shuttered separate from the house so that tenants can keep their valuables even more secure in this room. The room is furnished with a queen size bed, a single bed, a wardrobe, bureau, desk, chair, television and a solar fan. There are a total of 3 fans for the house. There is a low wattage radio/Bluetooth speaker as well for guest use. (No appliances or hair dryers other than what is provided can be brought in the house and plugged in as it may not be supported by the solar electric system.)
Light-filled bathroom features high open air windows with bars and screens that allow for air flow and a sense of being outside. The shower is enormous. There is a utility sink for washing clothes with scrub board build into it. There is also space for storing surfboards. Additionally, there is an outdoor shower on the property. (Water pressure is provided by gravity so the water flow is slow inside but excellent pressure on outside shower.)
A TV with cable, DVD and HDMI cord is available for tenants. If you use your cell phone at the desk near the signal booster or out in the yard in a hammock, you should have no problem with a signal. The internet is supplied by Alfa and is supported by an antennae behind the house. It is fairly consistent and pretty good for Nicaraguan standards. It still may go out occasionally as the internet does in the whole country. It is unlimited and the speed is 1 mg for download and upload. reliable in the early morning from 5 to 8 am. It is generally slower on the weekends and especially Sunday are the worse days for the internet. The kitchen is equipped with a 24 hour solar combination fridge and freezer, an electric cooler for drinks and back up as well as a gas oven/stove and all needed kitchen supplies including a blender for smoothies and a coffee maker. There are no other kitchen appliances available for use that require electricity such as a microwave.
Water is supplied by two water tanks that has to be refilled with use. The tanks will be filled upon arrival. There should be adequate water for one to two weeks depending on the number of people and how conservatively they use the water. The cost of additional refills of water tanks are the responsibility of the tenant and cost $40. Tenants staying staying less than a month may leave the water tanks empty at the end of their stay. Tenants who stay a month or longer are expected to fill the tanks prior to departure. The property manager will assist renters in making arrangements for the refill if needed. Talk to the property manager if you would like to have laundry service provided. Renters do not need to clean the house at departure and they can leave dirty towels hanging in the bathroom.
The property managers, Rachel and Matt, are from Canada. Rachel is a licensed massage therapist and Matt is a chef. They run a restaurant on the beach a few minutes walk from the cottage. Rachel is available for massages either at the other house she manages or at the cottage.
A local city bus runs from the village of Salinas Grandes 4 or 5 times a day and is about a 1.5 mile walk down the beach to catch it. One tenant chose to purchase a motorcycle for his transportation purposes. If you choose to hire someone to wash clothes, clean, cook, clean the yard, run errands, there are local folks who charge reasonable fees that would benefit from the work and can be recommended by the property manager.
Be aware, that this is a back-to-nature retreat away from the modern world. There is an iguana that lives in my yard and geckos and bugs can be found in the house inevitably even though we spray the house for bugs prior to each rental. If you go in with that mind-set, you will fall in love with my eco-casita and this sublime beach location!Get the full listing »