Rancho Santana Est. 1997

Playa Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua

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Devour top-notch cuisine and plenty of sunshine at this world-class resort. 
Dreamily laid up on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, this luxurious 2,700-acre community is all rolling hills, dramatic shoreline, and hideaway beaches.
The Lowdown
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Restaurant / Private Dining
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Rancho Santana offers a collection of distinctive seaside accommodations that serve as residence to some, and retreat to others. Affectionately referred to as “the ranch”, the grounds stretch over 2,700 acres of majestic land along two miles of shoreline which include five unique beaches. Set serenely in the Southwest Pacific just two hours from Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua by car, the property is a quiet community that enjoys purity, authenticity, and a rustic elegance. And while this paradise is the perfect setting to do nothing at all but sunbathe and stargaze, its remarkable range of terrain, unique climate and soothing coastal breezes make it a coveted destination for the more active and adventurous traveler. Rancho Santana is privately owned and operated under Tola Development Corp.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

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Estimated Price Per Head

from $45 to $150

Additional Charges

Additional fees include taxes, service charges, accomodations, transportation, food and beverage, activites, excursions.




Celebrations Hosted Here Since
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking Permitted
The Inn-

The Inn at Rancho Santana is a two-story, 17 room “boutique” inspired retreat featuring its own art gallery, courtyard, café, and lounge.  Adjacent to The Clubhouse at Playa Santana, The Inn offers a variety of unique and intimate oceanfront guestrooms and suites complete with spacious, private ocean-view terraces and forward-thinking amenities (like an in-room iPad Concierge).

Our Guestrooms and Suites have a maximum occupancy of two adults, while our Pied-à-terre suites can accommodate two adults and two children.  The Inn celebrated its grand opening on March 1, 2015, and is available for private event bookings and personal accommodations.

Ocean-View Homes-
Architectural Digest could feature these lavish houses with their stylish décor.

They offer a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, most with their own pool, nestled on secluded lots for maximum privacy.

These vacation homes offer the space and amenities suitable for entertaining the couple you just met at the clubhouse during sunset cocktails. Or enjoying quality time with the entire family for a month-long retreat.

They are in various locations across the entire ranch and situated in six neighborhoods — each with its own unique personality and view of the Pacific Ocean.

Puerta del Mar Villas-
These charming two-story villas are the newest accommodations at Rancho Santana.

A world-class architecture team and land planning professionals carefully designed these units and the master walkway. These villas offer incredible ocean views and all amenities are readily accessible with just a short walk to the Clubhouse.

Two and three bedroom villas range from 1,300 to 1,700 square feet with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and mountains in the distance.

Garden-view Casitas-
The Casitas (“Little Homes”) at Rancho Santana form a picturesque village of 21 two-bedroom villas delightfully landscaped with tropical flora.

The community atmosphere is perfect for socializing with other travelers. Each villa is fully furnished and has all the conveniences of home including kitchen appliances. For ocean views and breathtaking sunsets, the Clubhouse is just a short walk away.

Kid Friendly Events
Handicap Accessible
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Our property boasts 2,700 acres of rolling hills and two miles of rocky and dramatic shore, broken up by five distinct beaches nestled in their own hideaways.
Our property boasts Ocean-View Homes, Villas, Garden-View Casitas, and The Inn. All properties feature stylish decor and Spanish Colonial architecture that would suit well within homes along the Adalfi Coast of Italy and Santana Barbara, CA. The Inn at Rancho Santana is adorned with beautiful wood work from our on-site Mill Works.
Awards & Notables The New York Times
Check In: Hotel in Nicaragua Offers Secluded Luxury
“Through its artistic details, innovative food and drink options, commitment to nature and high level of service, the Inn at Rancho Santana achieves the delicate balance of chilled-out luxury.”

A New Reason To Go To Nicaragua Now: The Inn At Rancho Santana
"…Rancho Santana, a residential and resort community with dozens of privately owned and rentable houses, villas, casitas and condos on 2,700 acres, is opening an intimate inn next month. It will make a particularly picturesque corner of the country’s Pacific coast accessible to couples or others who want to stay in high-luxury, local-feeling surroundings, without renting one of the larger accommodations...“​

Coastal Living
South for Winter: Rancho Santana, Nicaragua
“Embracing yoga and surfing comes naturally at this pacific coast playground...“
Celebration Locations
The Clubhouse at Playa Santana:
The Clubhouse, adjacent to The Inn, overlooks Playa Santana and is an excellent location to watch sunsets, play a game of bocce ball or pool, relax by our Sand Dollar Pool, and hang out by our bar.
- View: The clubhouse includes one of our favorite sunset spots. Perfect for watching the sunset with a freshly made cocktail in hand from the bar at La Finca Y El Mar.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 42 Total Standing: 60
The Pool House at Playa Rosada:
Nestled in a private cove overlooking the beautiful pink sands of Playa Rosada is a second clubhouse and pool. The Pool House at Playa Rosada offers guests and residents a tranquil oceanfront hideaway – perfect for picnics, cookouts, cocktail parties and sunset gatherings.
- View: The view looks out over the coveted Playa Rosada. Nestled between two rock shelfs, the soft sand of Playa Rosada changes to pink as the sun sets in the background.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 96 Total Standing: 100
La Finca y el Mar:
Our renowned restaurant with a focus on farm to table concepts. Fresh produce comes from our on-sight organic garden, while all seafood is caught off our coast.
- View: Overlooking Playa Santana, our outside tables and terrace allow our diners a view of the blue shades of the Pacific Ocean.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 60
Sala Pacifica:
From family reunions and weddings to hosting a work event, this facility allows for larger groups to have their own separate experiences yet to mingle in and out of the Clubhouse surroundings with ease.
- View: Sala Pacifica looks out over the lawn at The Clubhouse. Boasting the ideal sunset backdrop as your guests enjoy a game of bocce ball or horse shoes.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 96 Total Standing: 100
The Courtyard:
The courtyard at Playa Santana offers an outdoor setting perfect for Live Bands, or an intimate dinner setting underneath the stars.
- View: This coveted location is perfect for watching the sunset or enjoying the bright stars after dark.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 64 Total Standing: 100
The Pool Bar and Cabanas:
Located directly in front of the Sand Dollar Pool, this location is perfect for large groups for cocktails at our own Pool Bar.
- View: The look out point at The Pool Bar and Cabanas offers breathtaking views of Playa Santana.
- Max Capacity: Total Standing: 100
The Beach and Surf Club at Playa Los Perros:
You’ll find a simple, fresh menu from Chef Jorge Alvarez, founder of New York’s popular Los Tacos No. 1, featuring items like fish tostadas and spicy pork tacos with fresh lime, cilantro and a variety of homemade salsas. A rotating selection of local beverages, including fresh fruit juices, buckets of beer and classic rum and tequila cocktails is also available.
- Max Capacity: Total Seated: 30 Total Standing: 50
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
La Finca y el Mar’s farm-to-table concept is accompanied by a world class cocktail selection and wine list, thoughtfully crafted by Executive Chef Rich Dacosta.  La Finca y el Mar serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. 

As well, Restaurante La Finca y el Mar offers breakfast, lunch, cocktail snacks and dinner, cooked and served at your home. Our local cooks are trained to carry forth the quality and flavors of Restaurante La Finca y el Mar into your private vacation home or villa.  It is the perfect way to relax in your seaside abode and enjoy local fare with sophisticated flair.

La Finca y el Mar was recently featured in Food and Wine as, The Inn to Escape to in Nicaragua
“While Cuba is getting more than its fair share of let’s-go-there-now attention, Nicaragua’s newly opened The Inn at Rancho Santana is reason enough to give the Central America getaway (accessible via direct flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Atlanta) a serious look...“

Located on our southernmost beach, The Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros is the newest dining venue at the ranch. You’ll find a simple, fresh menu from Chef Jorge Alvarez, founder of New York’s popular Los Tacos No. 1, featuring items like fish tostadas and spicy pork tacos with fresh lime, cilantro and a variety of homemade salsas. A rotating selection of local beverages, including fresh fruit juices, buckets of beer and classic rum and tequila cocktails are also available.

Located within The Inn El Café & Lounge is a familiar concept done exceptionally well by the team at La Finca y el Mar. Start your day with a cup of Nicaragua's world-famous coffee and pastry, or a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice. Later stop in for a delicious sandwich, a homemade ice cream, or a soda - all of which are made using local ingredients grown in our very own garden. Enjoy your food and feast your eyes on miles of shoreline from a seat or chaise in the open-air lounge.


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