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If a change of pace, beautiful panoramic views and lots of privacy are all part of your vacation dreams, our Casa de Turtle Cove is the place to be! Watch toucans, hummingbirds, and dozens of birds to add to your life list! Listen to the howler monkeys who trek throughout the jungles and forest (think front yard) surrounding us. Wake up to amazing sunrises and the beauty of the Arenal Volcano and enjoy incredible sunsets over the windfarm. Enjoy all the comforts of home including air conditioning (you do occasionally like having it), a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room and garage.
Drive a short distance to the quaint town of Nuevo Arenal (7 km) for grocery shopping and dining. Plan one night of gourmet dining at the Gingerbread Restaurant (one of Costa Rica's finest restaurants - guaranteed!). Go to Moya's for a great pizza or wonderful special .Arenal is a town of friendy ticos (the natives) and many gringos (expats from all over the world). The Arenal ticos are hard working, supplementing their income with whatever opportunities on the side that come their way - many of those tasks may be related to tourism and helping the gringos. Family and extended family are most important to them. You'll find them at the grocery and hardware stores, banks or just hanging out at the streetside restaraunts.
Tilaran to the west on the highway to the coast is an eco-friendly town and has more to offer in shopping and dining (30 minutes). To the east toward the volcano is a beautiful, twisty drive through meadows and jungles - breathtaking and almost religious before you get to the dam. Worthy stops might be at La Mansion for lunch or dinner and then a stop at the Los Heroes Hotel for a tour of the grounds, chapel and maybe a jaunt on the narrow gauge rail to the top of the mountain to the museum and revolving restaraunt viewing deck.
La Fortuna is a fairly large town located about an hour east of us and is primarily a dropping off /location for tourists from all over the world. Whether self guided or through a travel booking agency, sojourns can be arranged for hot spings and spas, hikes, rafting, all national parks, the Hanging Volcano Bridges of Arenal, the park at Arenal Volcano and a boat ride or drive to Monteverde for the best zip-lines/rain forest, hummingbirds & butterflies in Costa Rica. Don't miss a horseback ride/hike or just a hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall - beautiful and refreshing - and just ask the locals and they will tell you where those beautiful hot springs are hidden in the mountain streams!
If you'd like to check out the beaches, drive west to Liberia to Playa del Coco (about 2 1/2 hours away) - A very popular area for sport fishing, Playa del Coco is the largest village in Guanacaste province. Known primarily as the gateway for surfers to reach places like Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock, where the waves are superb, this busy beach is a prime scuba diving spot, with many tour and dive companies at your service. Like most of us who are more for relaxing and just laying back, great food, drinks, and regional art, crafts, clothing and all that glitters will be found in each Playa. You'll find magnificent cliffs and coves surrounding most Playas. The trade-off is that you can't go up and down the coast but rather in and out and up and down the coastline. Always sextuple the time the crow might fly.
Costa Rica is so diverse and beautiful. Agrarian and almost a third world country, it is one of the oldest democracies south of the border. It has 1) no army, 2) the highest literacy rate in all of the Americas, 3) the toughest environmental regulations in the western world, 4) 25% of all land national park or conservancy, 5) among the best and affordable health care, and 6) a population that loves the PURA VIDA which is you live the pure life respecting and loving family, friends, the lands, the life in general. PURA means kind of like do unto others what you would like them to do to you... and it will give you buena VIDA .
Friends and guests who have spent time at our home have said that they experienced kind of a life changing awakening. Trying to explore all of Costa Rica, they felt the most grounded returning to 'Tortuga Esenada' and just wanting to reflect, evaluate, and appreciate what they had and where they wanted to go.
Whatever your passion, or even if you haven't really discovered it, try our home and let us know!
Keywords: Lake Arenal - near Nuevo Arenal & Arenal Volcano - 1-Level Contemporary Open Home, Free WiFi, Marina & Boat Launch Ramp, Check Links for more photos,Gated Green Community
There is the whole expanse of the great outdoors beyond the confines of the casa. Once outside and you smell the freshness of the air, you may not want a smoke but to just inhale Turtle Cove....moreless
Pets allowed only outside, Adopt a parrot, a toucan, a gecko, a deer, a monkey, but don't bring them inside....moreless
King size beds (1) Bed room set knockoff off of Broyhill Sleigh Bed collection crafted locally in Sarchi. Solid Costa Rican cedar matching all woodwork throughout the casa., Queen size Beds (1) Bedroom set we designed and had crafted in Sarchi., Twin or Single Beds (2) Furniture arranged so that bedside tables and beds can be arranged to become kingsize bed. Our design and crafted in Sarchi....moreless
Panoramic views (unobstructed) of Lake Arenal, Volcan Arenal, pasture & windfarm-contemporary home has vaulted ceilings, beautiful hand-carved woodwork including his & hers desks & bookcases,gourmet kitchen has 5-burner gas stove, stainless appliances, granite countertops-spacious living area has plenty of seating, elegant dining for 6 and up to an additional 12 utilizing bar and movable tables and chairs,42' flat-screen TV -covered patio and open deck for outdoor living-security system inside & out and night guard at private entrance to Turtle Cove-2 baths (with walk-in showers/master double shower) plus 1/2 bath in living area- 3 large bedrooms (1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds)-marina with dock and boat launch ramp just a short walk from house-great swimming, fishing, boating. NOW OPEN - COMMUNITY POOL JUST A SHORT WALK FROM OUR HOME!...moreless
42' Panasonic plasma theater surround system integrated into satelite reciever. Integrated Hdmi from dvd/cd/ipod or external input from computer hdmi output for transfer to input plasma system. WiFi and ethernet all bedrooms and 4 in great room....moreless
Some CD's and DVD's. Home theater system has DVD/ CD player and IPOD Dock. HiSpeed internet to stream and Skype works well. Note no land telephone....moreless
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Lake Tahoe, Swiss Lake Lucerne, may be comparable, but view the link on our Picasa web page and decide for yourself. The Volcano Arenal appears close looking down the lake view straight ahead but it is 20 miles away. The verdant hills, jungles, coves, and mountains are both breath-taking and calming....moreless
Direct unobstructed view of Arenal Volcano, 5 mountain top wind farms, mountains to the east, west, and the most humbling sunrises and sunsets, and of course the lake....moreless
Green ,lush, and pastoral. Cattle and horses graze across the lane from our deck ....moreless
15 minutes from the small town of Nuevo Arenal and 30 minutes from the much larger town of Tileran all on good paved but curvy route 142. Rural is spectacular from the house....moreless
Just above the Tico village of Aguacate complete with small school, general store, beautiful church, and friendly Tico families that have been on the land...for a long time....moreless
Unusual for CR all outside walls insulated. 2 remote controlled heat pumps for ac and dehumidifying-1 for master suite, 1 for great room. Great cross ventilation with ceiling fans in every room. All windows screened....moreless
NO COMPUTER BUT INFRASTUCTURE PRESENT. INTERNET CAFE IN TOWN (Lava Java)...moreless
2 car but one for owners 4wd (available for rent with Jorge our property manager as driver and guide)....moreless
Iron & Board
SEE TELEPHONE. If you have an UNLOCKED cell phone pick up an ICE SIM CARD at the airports & most ICE town locations (for calls within CR). If you are not sure , ask your cell provider to unlock your phone for your trip so that you can use local SIM and avoid roaming $$$....moreless
GE Cook Center with microwave and wall oven. GE 5 burner gas stove in island. Dishwasher. Side by side refrigerator. Washer and Dryer in laundry room....moreless
Deck / Patio:
14ftx60ft deck with panoramic 270degree views and shade provided by many mature fruiting trees. 8ft x 16ft covered patio. Seating for 6 on large dining set. 2, 4 seat indoor/outdoor tables with chairs (which can be moved indoors from room to room)...moreless
SPRING/SUMMER/FALL Apr 26 - Oct 2, 2015 4 night min stay
HOLIDAY Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016 4 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$200
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Photography,Birdwatching,Junglesgrowing,Journal writing,Reflecting,Unwinding,Cultural exchange,Reading,Communicating,Relaxing,Dining,Enjoying,Seeing,Smelling,Hearing,Sleeping. Very large and active English speaking community in the area. Ask about local facebook site and community web page.
Year Purchased: 2008
About: We first ventured to Costa Rica in 2005 with our then 15 year old daughter. We spent 5 days at the resort Mariott Los Suenos and the next 5 days at La Mansion, Lake Arenal. Though the beach was beautiful, we soon discovered that the climate, lush vegetation, and amazing wildlife in Lake Arenal were unlike any place we had ever visited. Known as the 'Lake Tahoe' of Costa Rica, we easily decided that this is the place to be. Temps in the 70's, sunny (a lot of the time) and the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet all added to the appeal. We decided that Lake Arenal, Costa Rica was where we'd like to spend more and more of our days. The gated community of Turtle Cove and amazing views from Lot 22 sealed the deal! We just hope that you will also find the 'magic' we have discovered and will come back again and again!
A simple greeting in Arenal any time, any place any way is to say PURA VIDA and it will cross all languages and barriers, and get a smile. Simple as that.
FEEL FREE TO SKYPE US for more information or if you have questions.
Ron's SKYPE name: ronandstephaniewarren
Stephanie's SKYPE name:
Why Arenal: Location, Location,Location. Original intent was to purchase a lot. My wife and I on a previous trip had looked at Turtle Cove, a gated development on the lake with marina, which was just getting started. I returned the following year by myself to find the perfect lot with the perfect location. I found the not quite perfect lot, but the developer happened to be next to this lot as he was about half-way through construction of the home that was to be the showcase of the development He invited me over and fortunately the working blue prints were there to untangle the maze of steel construction. The view was to die for. Met with the buider that evening at the Gingerbread where I was staying, and discussed more details including the finishing details that would go over the steel framing; extracted some intentions which I turned into promises later on.
I called my wife the following day and told her that I wanted to make an offer with her blessing. We both were operating on blind faith (she in particular not having seen a thing). A contract was agreed upon and 4 months later with changes and add on's we moved into an empty house. No regrets. Promises kept, excellent craftsmanship and materials - it is the showplace of the development. You'll be hard pressed to find more glorious views than from Casa Tortuga Ensenada and even with more development here this will remain one of my favorite locations and homes.
The Unique Benefits at this House: You only have to spend a few days here to absorb and feel the unique benefits. Guests have remarked 'kind of life changing, a new perspective.'
Our location is convenient to both La Fortuna and Tilaran - points east and west of Arenal Volcano. You can take a scenic drive east to Fortuna in less than an hour, go west for 30 minutes or less to Tilaran, go west 2 1/2 hours to the beaches, or southwest to the ziplines and charm of Monteverde less than 2 hours away.
Primary:(252) 646-3119 North Carolina, USA (cell)
Tertiary:+506 8869-2857Jorge- Property Manager in Arenal