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Situated on the Southwest Pacific coast between the vast Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua, The Ranch is located on one of the Pacific’s only isthmuses. Bordered on both sides by water, Rancho Santana enjoys the distinction of nearly constant offshore breezes.

Southwest Nicaragua

Rancho Santana is roughly three hours Southwest of Nicaragua’s Captial, Managua. Must-see locations in Southwest Nicaragua include the Rio Escalante Chacocente Wildlife Refuge and Pool Guasacate.


Steady offshore breezes combine with a perfectly angled coastline to create  world-class surf conditions and warm weather almost 330 days out of the year. Visit our friends at Magic Seaweed for an up-to-the-minute surf condition report.

Playa Santana offers barreling peaks that go left and right and Playa Rosada is an advanced left point break for experienced surfers.

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Two Nicaraguan Seasons

Nicaragua has two seasons: Dry season typically runs from November through May with little to no precipitation. From June through November we have a “green season” with tropical conditions and sunny  days marked with periodic rain. Due to our location on the isthmus and near the equator, you can expect year round temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90’s with generally low humidity.

Nicaraguan Beaches Near Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana is located on its namesake beach, Playa Santana. Our guests also enjoy easy access to Playa Rosada, Playa Los Perros, and Playa Popoyo.

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Lake Nicaragua

Lake Nicaragua is a freshwater lake with world-class fishing for sawfish, tarpon, and sharks. It is Nicaragua’s largest source of freshwater – the water level rises in the green season and falls in the dry season. Lake Nicaragua lies close to the Pacific Ocean but drains into the Atlantic Ocean via the San Juan River.

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Hiking at Rancho Santana

Our guests enjoy many hiking trails, but the highlight is the nature hike to the turtle sanctuary at Playa Escondida. A hike on the Los Perros loops takes you through deep jungle and tropical dry forest. The green season will provide lush vegetation on your hikes and the dry season will provide more sun.

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