Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana Tola-Rivas, Popoyo

$ 285 per day

Starting Based on 2-3 people

  • Category: Resort
  • Location: Seaside
  • Standard: Luxurious
  • Style: Contemporary

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Rancho Santana sits on 2,700 acres of unspoiled shoreline in Nicaragua between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean, with five private beaches for guests to enjoy. Known to be one of Nicaragua’s best luxury hotels, the resort pairs laid-back elegance and traditional ranch amenities within a tropical dry forest. Families can choose to be as active or as sedentary as they want on their vacation and be equally entertained. Local wildlife includes howler monkeys, sloths and many species of birds. A wide variety of accommodation options at Rancho Santana includes a 17-room inn, oceanfront villas, and well-designed two- to four-bedroom oceanview homes. Farm-to-table casual and fine dining is available. Activities include everything from guided walks with a naturalist to surf lessons, and cultural excursions are accessible too. Rancho Santana offers families a wonderful base for an introduction to the joy of undeveloped Nicaragua with kids.

Favorite Features

  • Baby Ready: Crib and highchair available
  • School Age Action: Long list of compelling, age-appropriate land and water activities
  • Cool For Teens: Long list of compelling, age-appropriate land and water activities
  • Set on 2,700 acres of undeveloped coastline
  • Well-designed guest accommodations, including suites and villas
  • Spectacular sea views
  • Mix of resort and adventure activities accessible from here
  • Central home base for cultural and natural exploration
  • Excellent onsite farm-to-table dining
  • Kids’ club available for ages 4-12
  • Good option for multigenerational vacations

Families Should Know

  • Located 2 hours by air from Managua and Liberia (Costa Rica) airports
  • A smaller airport at Costa Esmeralda opened recently and is just 15 minutes from Rancho Santana
  • Some rental villa units are privately owned
  • Some villas are more remote and require a car
  • Resort roads are unpaved; 4WD rental car recommended
  • Fee-based kids’ club for ages 4-12
  • Bilingual babysitting referrals start at $US 25+ per hour
  • Swimming pools are unfenced and unheated; kids’ pool available
  • Disabled access not available

Ciao Bambino Recommends For Ages:

  • Baby Ready
  • School Age Action
  • Cool for Teens

More To Know & Do

Sports + Activities

  • swimming
  • beach
  • surfing
  • watersports
  • ziplining
  • snorkeling/scuba diving
  • fishing/boating
  • golf
  • horseback riding
  • tennis
  • mountain bike riding
  • yoga

Local Excursions

  • Bay of Gigante
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Ometepe
  • Granada
  • Masaya
  • Laguna de Apoyo
  • Los Pueblos


  • suites and 1-4 bedroom villas
  • air-conditioning
  • mini-fridge/safe/hair dryer
  • fully equipped kitchens villa units
  • private deck and/or outdoor space
  • private pool for some villas
  • WIFI in rooms and public areas
  • daily housekeeping
  • room service
  • 3 restaurants/bar/lounge
  • multiple swimming pool/kids’ pool
  • private chefs available for in-villa cooking on request
  • grocery store
  • surf club and lessons
  • golf club and lessons
  • concierge desk
  • staff naturalists
  • kids’ club for ages 4-12
  • yoga classes
  • spa
  • fitness center
  • stables
  • game room
  • babysitting on request
  • private parking