Playa Santana

Surf Report

Also known locally as ‘Playa Jiquiliste,’ Playa Santana is where you’ll find some of the best surfing in Nicaragua.  The Inn & Residences at Rancho Santana are located directly on the shores of Playa Santana, and the Clubhouse at Playa Santana is just a short stroll away.  This beach is a favorite surfing, swimming and fishing destination for both guests and residents.


For those who wish to enjoy a beach with the most amenities nearby, Playa Santana meets those expectations. The Inn, Clubhouse, and pool bar & cabanas are only steps away, where guests will also find a horseshoe pit and bocci court to toss their best “shoe” or roll their best ball with ocean waves crashing nearby.


Regarded for it's consistent A-frame beach break, Playa Santana is a favorite surfing wave for the more seasoned surfer.

Playa Rosada

Surf Report

This quaint, land-locked beach is home to The Pool House, where guests can easily access the pink sands of Playa Rosada after enjoying a quick bite at La Boquita, one of our newest dining venues. Perfect for the shell collector, a stroll along the rocks at low-tide leads you back to the Clubhouse at Playa Santana.  Surfers are also drawn to Playa Rosada’s challenging left-point break.


Although waves average 3’–5’, they still hold up very well with double overhead. It’s no wonder that surfers with a taste for adventure are flocking to Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast!

The Pool House at Playa Rosada

The Pool House at Playa Rosada is a smaller clubhouse and pool overlooking the pink sands of Rosada beach - perfect for a sunset barbecue or picnic! The sunsets are legendary here at Rancho Santana, and there’s no better viewing spot than from The Pool House at Playa Rosada.

Playa Escondida

South of Playa Rosada lies Playa Escondida (“Hidden Beach”). Playa Escondida is a long stretch of sand that’s practically cut off from the rest of the world.  Like Playa Rosada, it is landlocked within the Rancho Santana grounds.


Don’t worry about privacy at this beach. It’s not uncommon to have Playa Escondida all to yourself.

Sea Turtle Preservation

Playa Escondida's remote sands are also a preferred nesting spot for critically endangered Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. Since 2013, our partnership with Paso Pacifico, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting ecosystem conservation, has been critical to protecting these nests.

Playa Duna

Playa Duna demands some tough walking and step climbing. This beach, however, rewards your efforts with stunning rock formations and absolute privacy. Be sure to turn the corner around the submarine rock to see the famous dune.


Like playas Rosada and Escondida, this beach, too, is landlocked within the Rancho Santana compound. You might want to skip your workout that day if you plan to go this beach, though.


You know when you’re on this beach that very few people have ever been on it, and very few will ever be on it.

Playa Los Perros

Surf Report

Our southernmost beach connects a long stretch of uninterrupted coast — nearly four miles in this case.  And just a short stroll south towards Gigante along the beach, you’ll find the neighboring breaks of Playa Colorado and Panga Drops.  At the Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros, you can pick out the perfect surfboard rental for an afternoon surf session or your entire stay.


Since there are no rocks along the beautiful white sands of Playa Los Perros, it's one of Nicaragua's best swimming beaches. And while adjacent to some of Nicaragua's best surf spots, these gentler waves offer the perfect location for beginners to take lessons & get acquainted with breaks in the area.


Playa Los Perros is just north of two of the better-known surf spots in the area: Panga Drops and Playa Colorado. Snag a quick bite at The Beach & Surf Club, then grab your board and hit the waves.