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NICARAGUA: Playa Manzanillo, Punta Sur

Casa Blanquita Ocean Retreat is located at the Southernmost tip of Nicaragua near the border with Costa Rica in Punta Sur. This architect designed retreat is situated between endless sunset views of the Pacific on one side and the Bahia de Salinas, backed by the Costa Rican volcanoes Rincon del la Vieja and Arenal on the other. This most exclusive intimate retreat, Casa Blanquita is an idyllic seaside writing retreat, a balcony to the Pacific Ocean to create in the most secluded environment, where you can listen to the sound of the ocean from your studio or on the private beach.

Casa Blanquita is situated on two and a half acres of land, with peaceful wooded walkways meandering through gardens and forest. The beach at Casa Blanquita is close to the Internationally renowned turtle reserve Playa de la Flor, and turtles often are seen nesting on our own beach below the house.

The secluded retreat offers a magnificent living room and dining room overlooking the ocean, an infinity pool and patio dining area. It features four spacious writing studios with ocean view; choose your own signature studio, each one is unique and provides air conditioning, private bathroom, and two studios feature a mini kitchenette.

Each studio has a queen size or king size bed, writing table, private patio with ocean view, and daily maid service. Guests have access to the swimming pool, common kitchen and Wi-Fi.


Our professional and friendly staff offers service to accommodate individual needs and will work around you to make sure you get all the space you need to create and write. All meals are prepared on site by Patricia; additional charges apply.


The small fishing village of El Ostional is a 20-minute drive away, and fresh fish or lobsters can be ordered with 24 hours notice and can be brought to the house.

A simple Nicaraguan style evening meal can be prepared at a small extra cost. Or a live in chef could be provided (price upon request).

TRANSPORTATION: If you drive, it is recommended to rent a 4-wheel drive. If you do not wish to drive, we will make transportation arrangements for you -- about US $120 from Managua to San Juan del Sur by private taxi and about US $75 from San Juan del Sur to the retreat. Or you can experiment traveling the local bus to San Juan del Sur and to Ostional @ very minimal price or for less than $20 total.
The house is also equipped with a helicopter landing pad. The price of Helicopter Service from Managua can also be provided upon request.

Casa Blanquita retreat has a friendly relationship with a few hotels in San Juan del Sur which offer rates at different price range.


Christopher Renshaw is a British theatre director. He has directed many musicals, plays and operas in Australia, London and New York. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on The King and I. In the winter of 2002, Renshaw opened an original musical entitled Taboo in collaboration with Boy George about the life and times of Culture Club in London's West End, which went on to transfer to Broadway. His production of "Queen's" We Will Rock produced by Queen and Robert De Niro premiered in London in the summer of 2002 and ran for twelve years. In summer of 2008, Renshaw premiered the original musical Zorro, based on the mythic character with music by the Gipsy Kings in London's West End. He's currently working on Carmen Jones, which was a big success in Cuba and will be off to Europe in 2015.

Francisco Delgado:
Cisco was born in Puerto Rico. He studied Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. He then he moved to Los Angeles where he received his Master’s Degree at SCI-ARC studying with, among others, Eric Owen Moss, Neil Denari and Frank Gehry. After leaving college he worked for five years with Eric Owen Moss in Culver City. Cisco has also enjoyed working in Special Effects for Hollywood movies at such companies as Digital Domain and Introvision. Francisco designed and built Casa Blanquita.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Christopher Renshaw.

Region:  Managua is the capital and the nation’s largest city, with a population of 1,262,978. Other important cities include: León, Granada with its beautiful colonial architecture, Jinotega, Matagalpa, Chinandega, Masaya, and San Juan del Sur just north of the retreat. Getting around can be easy, enjoyable and safe throughout Southern Nicaragua. According to statistics by Interpol and the United Nations, Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in the Americas, and the safest in Central America. Colonial cities such as León and Granada are more pedestrian- friendly than larger cities such as Managua. Taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive throughout the country. It is advisable to use officially registered taxis, which have red license plates (the numbers should be legible), or licensed tour guides. Radio-dispatched taxis are available at the airport and major hotels. Major rental car companies are located at the airport and in other locations. Visitors can use a driver’s license for thirty days after entering the country. Inter-city buses and rental cars are also plentiful. Visa Requirements: All visitors need a passport valid for at least six months to enter Nicaragua. For more information please visit our website: Water: Tap water in Managua is considered safe to drink. Outside of the capital, bottled water is advised. Currency: Córdoba (C).

Location:  The retreat is very secluded, so planning is the best tip we can give you! It is located one hour+ drive South of San Juan del Sur and 20 minutes from the small village of El Ostional. The best way to get there is to fly to Managua International Airp

Closest airport:  Managua International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino). Alternate airport: Liberia International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. The Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport

Tourism information:  Tourism Office


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Master Studio Ocean view, air conditioning, king size bed, sitting area, kitchenette, private bath, TV $850
Guest House Ocean view, air conditioning, queen size bed, working studio, kitchenette, private bath. $750
Penthouse Studio Ocean view, air conditioning, desk, queen size bed, private bath, TV. $650
Office Studio Ocean view, air conditioning, queen size bed, sitting area, private bath, TV. $650


  • Wireless
  • Weekmaid
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini fridge
  • Private bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite
  • Stereo
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation, balance payable one week prior to arrival.

Cancellation policy:  Full refund up to 90 days before occupancy.

A sampling of memories from our residents

S. L. Well, day 2 of my stay at the retreat and you are correct. It’s divine. A well needed trip; at one point, I did not know what I had got myself into; now I see I got myself into exactly what I wanted, and more so, needed.

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