Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana is a 2,700-acre private ranch and coastal community along Nicaragua’s “Emerald” Coast, only a short two-hour drive from the International airport in Managua.  The extensive property offers private access to five different beaches, which include some of Nicaragua’s best surf breaks and endless other wellness and outdoor adventures for non-surfers.  With accommodations that range from a 17-room boutique hotel, two-bedroom garden casitas, three-bedroom beachfront condos, and over 28 private homes and villas of varying sizes – there is something for everyone and every budget.

It all started with six friends from Baltimore who visited the country in 1997 and happened to meet a local man named Sr. Granados. He personally invited them to explore the 2,700 acres his family was selling, and the rest is history.   The original six owners built their homes here and invited their friends to do so as well – homes that would fit nicely in places like Santa Barbara, Cote d’Azur or the Amalfi Coast.  As the community grew, the owners took note of their residents’ interest in a certain lifestyle. They built out amenities that suited their tastes: a beachfront surf shop and taqueria, an equestrian center, a gorgeous spa, a yoga and wellness center, a mountain bike circuit, a hilltop chapel, pickleball courts, organic farms, and multiple restaurants and beach clubs.  Finally, the Inn & Residences were built so that their vision and coastal community could be shared with visitors worldwide.  During this process, Rancho Santana has become the largest local employer, providing year-round work and professional advancement for over 450 individuals and their families.  The ethos of Rancho Santana is rooted in a triple bottom line concept, financially profitable but with a positive social and environmental impact to match.  Over 80% of the food served at the three restaurants is produced on-site and the Inn and Residences are powered 100% by their own solar farm.

Rancho Santana can be a stand-alone vacation destination or combined with other lodges and destinations to make a varied one-week trip around Nicaragua that blends relaxation with adventure and cultural immersion.  Rancho Santana is equally ideal for romantic couples, young families, girls/boys trips, or multi-generational gatherings.

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