Rancho Cecilia is an ecological friendly " off the grid" Green destination!
We are a surf rancho nestled in the jungle close to San Juan del Sur
We have built with minimal disruption to the environment as possible. Our closest neighbors, the howler monkeys thank us for this as do the other
woodland creatures that still call Rancho Cecilia home.
We are not hooked to conventional electricity. Our electrical needs are supplied through our solar panels, wind generator and battery banks, we also have a backup gas generator for pumping water from our well to our water tanks.
When there is a power outage we still have electricity!
We make it easy for you to contribute to sustainable development by following some simple guidelines:
Rancho Cecilia has organic vegetable gardens and fruit trees on the property. Please ask what is currently "in season" and we will be glad to share from our gardens!
Energy: Use as little electricity as possible. Our solar panels, wind generator and battery banks are sufficient to supply our houses with lights and fans. Just remember when not in a room, TURN OFF the lights and ceiling fans! Use only what light is necessary, remember that keeping light usage to a minimum will decrease the night insects trying to penetrate the screens and will increase your chances of seeing the night wildlife. Always turn off ALL lights and fans when leaving the house. And, please do not use hair dryers or other electrical hair grooming devices as they use excessive amounts of electricity!
Water Conservation: Don't waste water, it is a precious resource. Nicaragua is a tropical dry forest, meaning we have a wet season and a dry season. We get rain showers almost daily in the wet season but in the dry season we have almost six months without any rain! Also filling our water tanks uses energy which we also try to conserve. Note, We do not wash linens daily but please ask when you need them cleaned!
Trash Reduction and Recycling: Here at Rancho Cecilia we do our best to create as little garbage as possible to send to the landfill. We use plastic, reusable containers for food storage. We encourage re-using small water bottles to refill from the large water dispensers. We have recycle containers for aluminum cans and plastic bottles. And, we even have mulch pits for recycling vegetable waste
Waste Management: Rancho Cecilia has septic tanks for each of our houses. These are an anaerobic bacterium septic system. Microorganisms clean the water (not the paper) you dirty before returning it to the soil. Please use the waste can in the bathrooms for ALL paper!
We thank you for helping us live in harmony with nature!