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Rancho Cecilia Nicaragua

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Bienvenidos a Rancho Cecilia, our little green, Eco-Rancho, nestled in the jungle, close to the beaches of Playa Maderas and Playa Marsella. Rancho Cecilia is located in the countryside of the Playa Maderas-Marsella neighborhood. Wake to the sounds of the howler monkeys in the trees. Enjoy your morning coffee with the woodland birds. Then, head on down to the beach for a day of surfing at Playa Maderas,with warm water and world class waves! Or enjoy some quiet beach time at Playa Marsella. Come and spend some time with us on your vacation and enjoy our slice of paradise!
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free Parking
Shuttle Bus Service
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Refrigerator in room
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Liberia Airport87 km
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We stayed 2 months in the Cabana Morada, the place is very quiet and nice : a lot of beautiful birds around the house. We were working online on the terrace every day and it's was perfect for us, the wifi is very good. The amenities are simple but ok and the price is a very good
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We stayed at Rancho Cecilia for 3 weeks in September 2017. Our cabana was nicely isolated so we could enjoy some privacy and jungle life. Well equipped kitchenette with everything you need was much of a help to us as we prefer to cook ourselves. Walking distance from the cabana w
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If you are looking for basic clean accommodation isolated from any noise and people, you found it for a good price! It was super clean, everything was working well, surrounded by so many animals, butterflies, birds, and insects lol can't escape those! This was a cook my own food
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If you are looking for quiet and secluded, Rancho Cecilia is for you! Their cabanas are simple but clean and comfortable. The solar power was pretty finnicky for us: our power cut out several times on our first day, leaving us without a fan for 15 minutes at a time, which we did
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Response from ranchocecilia, Owner at Rancho Cecilia Nicaragua
Responded 17 May 2017
Rancho Cecilia is located on 4.3 acres, in the jungle, off the Coast Highway road. We are in the Playa Maderas-Marsella neighborhood but not on the beach. From Rancho Cecilia to Playa Marsella is a 5 minute drive and bit further to Playa Maderas as the last hill is very steep. Most of our guests do rent a vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle to enjoy getting around easily and explore our Playa Maderas-Marsella neighborhood, the town of San Juan del Sur and the beaches both north and south of town. We do have rental motorcycles and bicycles on site at budget pricing. Rancho Cecilia is not for everyone, we are nestled in the jungle and we are a true eco-rancho with solar for our electrical needs. Power outages are common in San Juan del Sur and usually last hours. Occasionally our solar system will hiccup but since we live on site we usually get it back on line with minutes. We do have lots of wildlife in and around our Rancho, as we are surrounded by jungle. All our homes have screened windows and doors to keep insects outside, though if you leave food out or uncovered in the kitchen insects will find a way inside to enjoy your food. Our common wind in Southern Nicaragua is off-shore. This means the winds blow from the shore towards the ocean. You will not be able to hear or smell the ocean with off-shore winds unless you are right on the beach. We occasionally do have on-shore winds and then the wind blows from the ocean towards the land, at those times we can hear and smell the ocean. We do ask that everyone reads our web site information and the information we respond with on inquiries, this will help you decide if a stay at Rancho Cecilia is right for you.
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Rancho Cecilia was definitely not for us. My friend and I were originally looking at staying 3 nights, but left after the first.
The place is VERY secluded. They neither serve breakfast nor any other meal or drinks (when reading these reviews, I'm getting the impression they migh
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Response from ranchocecilia, Owner at Rancho Cecilia Nicaragua
Responded 15 Apr 2017
We always appreciate reviews, good or bad, as it provides us with feedback so we can improve our information for future guests. This guest and a friend requested a 3 night stay via our web site. This was a last minute request which we usually do not do, but we did have 1 of our rental homes available so we responded with a yes and accepted this reservation without a deposit as they were to arrive the next day. When they arrived they did not appear happy, a bit confused even. We do ask for a minimum stay of 2 nights, as we are not a hotel but an eco-rancho with individual homes on a large acreage property. We did offer the guests to cancel completely when they arrived and were not happy but they decided to check out the area first. We suggested other accommodations that are in our neighborhood, hotels, resorts and hostels. Rancho Cecilia is nestled in the jungle in the Playa Maderas neighborhood and this is stated on the first page of our web site. We also provide this information with every inquiry we respond to. We clearly state we have three rental homes on our property, all with full kitchens. A few years past we did do full service with breakfast, dinner and drinks available and beach shuttle service, but have lowered our pricing and moved into no additional services as local services have grown in our neighborhood. There is a restaurant located at the entrance to our property (under a 5 minute walk) and there is a resort a bit further down the road with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. We do not advertise full service on our web site or on the inquiry information that we send out to potential guests. Playa Maderas and Playa Marsella is a 20 minute walk for a fast walker and a 40 minute walk for a stroll down the road. Though most all of our guests arrive with a rental vehicle or rent from our foreman a motorcycle or bicycle. Our foreman is who rents these cycles not us. As for activities we work with local companies that do provide activities such as surf lessons and horseback riding. Ten years ago when we started our business it was necessary to do all activities ourselves as there were no local businesses providing these activities. We now work with the locals in our neighborhood that provide these activities. As for insects, yes there are insects in the jungle! The inside of our homes are clean and neat and we have screened windows and doors to keep the insects outside. Rancho Cecilia is not for everyone, we are nestled in the jungle on 4.3 acres and we are a true eco-rancho with solar for our electrical needs. Our local restaurants and activities are run by local Nicaraguans as is the rental motorcycles and bicycles that we mention on our website. We do ask that everyone reads our web site information and the information we respond with on inquiries, this will help you decide if a stay at Rancho Cecilia is right for you.
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A beautiful sunset in Nicaragua - and the photo doesn't do it justice!
Love the porch!
Wooded area outside room
The view from the top of the hill
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Patio at the Jungle Cabanas
any air conditioned rooms or is it nice and breezy in the room with good fans?
No A/C with the room I stayed in, but the breeze and the fan is enough to keep you comfortable. Be sure to conserve your energy/power consumption throughout the day so you can use the fan at night!
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how is the water clarity? Are there any snorkeling sites close by?
Is there wifi available?
Hi! Yes there is wifi and it worked great. We had one time where it wasn't working and it just needed a reboot. Easy, quick fix.
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Hi This place looks amazing! I was wondering how far is it from the closest airport and is there transport from airport to hostel? ThANKS!
It is not close to the airport in Managua - there are shuttles that would take you into San Juan del Sur, then you could make arrangements for pick up in town or take a taxi to Rancho Cecelia.
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Do the rooms have A/C or just ceiling fans?
There is no A/C in the casita. I don't think there was in the other building either. There is a ceiling fan that works quite well. It does have a hum to it. The night cools off quite a bit. Not so much that you want to touch your partner, but enough that you can sleep with a sheet and all of the windows open.
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"i was in the little blue house - the casa cecilia"
"We stayed in the casita and it was nice to have a separate bedroom for a long stay but the cabanas are great too."
"quiet getaway from busy and loud San Juan del Sur"
"We stayed in the cabin closest to the house, the first one up the road. it was perfect!"
"We checked out all 3, they were all great."
US$ 25 - US$ 29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
NicaraguaRivas DepartmentSan Juan del SurPlaya Maderas
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