Surfers have been keen on Nica for a while. The Pacific coast’s wide beaches boast epic breaks for all levels and, unlike neighboring countries, are rather crowd-free. Surf-friendly Rancho Santana, a sprawling gated coastal community, sports five beaches, various surf breaks, a working ranch, a taco stand, a restaurant, multiple pools, a beach-cabana spa, a recently launched intimate hotel and more.
The oceanfront Inn at Rancho Santana houses 17 individually appointed guest rooms in a colonial hacienda-like building. Not only is it a central location from which to enjoy the enormous property’s myriad offerings, it’s the perfect perch to watch the waves, the horseback rides on the beach and amazing Pacific sunsets (room rates start at $275 and night; ranchosantana.com).
Photo courtesy of The Inn at Rancho Santana