A great place to unwind if you prefer cooking for yourselves and having a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach virtually to yourselves. This is a simple but attractive and comfortable private home in a quiet area of other vacation homes, very different from the touristy hustle and bustle of San Juan del Sur. An appealing design of 3 wooden casitas staggered on a hillside, with bedrooms and baths in the upper two and a kitchen-living room area in the first, all reached by climbing up wooden stairs. Beautiful views of the Pacific from the house and a short walk down to a pristine bay beach almost completely undeveloped. A snack bar at the far end of the beach is the only place to buy food or drink. You will bring supplies for your stay from the small supermarket in San Juan del Sur. A perfect choice for a low-key romantic escape, a family with small children or a group of friends who enjoy relaxing together and don't like or need a touristy environment.
Great location if you like to surf and the kitchen house had great views of the ocean. No cell signal or wifi signal at all here so be prepared for that. Caretakers were very friendly and is close to town and jumping on the beach shuttle isn't difficult. Master bedroom is well appointed. Lots of critter visitors, dogs, lizards and bugs so if that's a problem may want to consider somewhere else. Dirt road to this may be difficult during their rainy season. We were at the end of the dry season so a 4wd wouldn't be necessary during that period. If you are looking to disconnect it's a good spot. The beach has a couple of small palapas which are laid back. My only complaint was the lack of a sharp knife or basics like trash bags which I picked up at the Pali market.
One suggestion is to stop at the super Pali in Rivas to get groceries as the one closer is small and doesn't stock things like sun tan lotion. Vegetable and fruit selection is better to at Super Pali in Rivas.
Overall we liked it. If I were a surfer I'd probably love it.
House is located in a secure gated neighborhood and there is a fair amount of noise due to construction along with dog barking. Bird noises were definitely different.
One additional comment, there is an outdoor shower at the back of the house which feels good in the hot part of the day. You don't need hot water given the heat. Cool shower was refreshing if you need to cut the heat.
Casa Malinche is an exceptionally special place to stay. It's not just a vacation spot, although it is great for that too. The set up of the three cabanas allows for relaxing, cooking, playing and socializing with the most beautiful view you can imagine. The beach is a bit of a descent and is not easy for people with injuries or those greatly out of shape, but the clear water, abundance of life and tidal pools create endless opportunities for wonder and play. It is important to make sure that you have arranged for regular taxi pick up in order to get water and food, and ideally this is a place where it would be good to have your own wheels. There are no stores in this community and for the most part, it consists of vacation homes that may or may not be occupied. You have the area, pretty much to yourself, which can have its pluses and minuses. Jaime, the owner of Casa Malinche, was a pleasure to talk to, in making preparations for staying there, and getting information. Overall, I couldn't recommend Casa Malinche enough.
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