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Villa Tortuga - Luxury Beach Condo - California Riviera!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

**Due to a recent ban of for short-term rentals by the city of Dana Point, I am only allowed one renter per 30 days. Some seasonal pricing my show a lower minimum stay, but that is just due to pricing table limitations. Guests can stay fewer than 30 days, but I must block out the full 30 day period per customer. That means if it's off-season, I can quote you for only the dates you are actually at the unit, but still issue a 30-day contract. Nightly prices would also be ~15% higher for shorter stays. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks! Gus**

Treat yourself to this amazing upper level, 3 bedroom, 2 bath 'Craftsman Style' beach condo on the beautiful California Riviera. This ocean and pool view unit is located on the bluffs of the Dana Point headlands. It sleeps 6 comfortably and has been uniquely upgraded to accommodate the California lifestyle.

Share the beach with the famous Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and enjoy the great amenities. The local beach directly below the condo is bordered by the Dana Point Headlands to the South and the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel (one of the ten best hotels in the world) to the North. The Ritz side of the beach boasts the popular 'Gravels' surf site at 'Salt Creek', Monarch Links Golf Course and beautiful Salt Creek park, which has trails, great views, public BBQs, rest room facilities and a snack bar. Numerous benches and overlooks provide views of gray whale migration routes, Catalina Island and the coastline.

Although just steps two beautiful beaches and resorts, Coastal Accommodations is also conveniently close to all the major attractions, restaurants, and activities Southern California has to offer. The renown artist's community of Laguna Beach, with its many art galleries and annual summer Laguna Arts Festival is just north (15 minutes); Dana Point Harbor, less than a mile south, offers deep sea fishing, whale watching, a museum and historical ships. It is also host to many shops, restaurants and the ferry to Catalina Island. All types of restaurants, from fine dining international cuisines to casual eateries, line the coast from Newport Beach ( and north) to San Clemente (and south). Nearby attractions (45 minutes or less) include Disneyland, Legoland, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags, and Sea World. An hour away in either direction) is Los Angeles, Universal Studios (north), and San Diego and Baja Mexico (south).

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Gus Mechalas
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2017

Why Gus Mechalas chose Dana Point

I bought my place as a primary residence and soon realized what a gem of a location it was. Career opportunities moved me to San Diego, but I could never part with this property. It's nice to be able to visit whenever it's not being rented, and also nice to be able to let others enjoy this incredible area.

What makes this condo unique

The idea behind the upgrade to this property was to make the interior as special as the spectacular outdoor surroundings. I did not want the vacation to end for my guests when they came indoors. If all you need is a roof over your head, this place might not be for you. But if you want all aspects of your trip to be special, then you'll appreciate the mind set that went into Villa Tortuga.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guestbook: Dear Gus. Thank you so much for providing such a warm, home from home, vacation home!!! We don’t want to leave! Also, the earthquake was an added extra to our vacation – amazing! We will be back!!
Apr 2010
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Monarch Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Room can be configured with single King or 2 Twin beds
    Other (See Description) - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , There is a Pak-N-Play crib and a Twin Aerobed in the unit.
  • King size beds (2) 2 of the twin beds can be combined to make an Eastern King upon request., Queen size Beds (1) Inflatable bed., Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling Fans in all rooms and sound Resistant Windows.


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Villa Tortuga - Luxury Beach Condo - California Riviera!
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
Columbus, Ohio

Fantastic Condo and location

  • 5 of 5

I discovered this condo early in my search to find the perfect location for my family to enjoy our California vacation. I searched long and hard but kept coming back to this listing and sure am glad I did. The owner is first class and will take care of all of your vacation needs. You really need to bring nothing but a suitcase full of clothes because everything else is provided. Towels, linens, beach toys, cooking supplies (even spices), firewood and so many other amenities.

Everything is close to this condo from the SNA airport, Disneyland, restaurants, grocery, ocean institute, Capistrano Mission, lots of beaches etc.... It is an easy drive or bus ride to anything you could possibly need or would want to visit.

My 5 year old spent almost everyday at the kid friendly pool which is located just outside the front door of this unit.

The neighborhood is very quiet and very upscale with multi-million dollar homes surrounding the property. It is an extremely safe area to visit.

There is so much to see and do within 5 to 10 miles of this unit that I could not think of a better spot to vacation.

Highly recommended and I hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for letting me host you guys and for treating the property with such respect. You are certainly welcome back. You handled the Tsunami alert with calm and resolve (did a shot). Maybe next time I can order up a small earthquake to complete your California experience. :)
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BEST Vacation Rental EVER!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first all family Trip to California. While we were in California 10 days we only got to spend 4 days in Dana Point. We all hated to leave Villa Tortuga!

The condo was absolutely beautiful and it was in the perfect location. We couldn't believe all of the ammenities- top notch, and Gus has thought of everything! (I really mean EVERYTHING! I expected things like beach towels and some equipment; but first aid kit, binoculars, pantry items? WOW!)

We had breakfast on the airy deck and dinner in the spacious dining area. WiFi worked well and there were plenty of DVDs as well as books and magazines. Gus has all the information you need printed up and well organized. The beach is wonderful and just a short walk (or taxi ride) to the Ritz Carlton, where we attended a wedding.

The location is also very close to the harbor and the Ocean Institute. We got to see some of the tall ships while we attended a reception there.

Maybe I shouldn't say so many good things about this condo-- it might not be available next time we want to stay in Dana Point.

Exceptional place, Gus. You really have a winner in Villa Tortuga.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Biancha! So nice to hear that I can compete with the Ritz. I'm glad you were able to end your tour on a high note and look forward to your return. I'm sure I can fit you in. ;). Always happy to host families from my dad's hometown.
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Great condo & location - highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time using vrbo and we were so happy with the result. You can trust this listing - all is as described and pictured. The condo is so well decorated and Dana Point is a lovely, peaceful area. We easily went sightseeing in San Diego, Laguna, Disney/Anaheim, LA and Santa Monica from this location and it was wonderful at the end of the day to return to what felt like "home" at Villa Tortuga. It is so comfortable and has everything you need. The beach here is beautiful and feels like a private beach because it is not crowded at all. Gus was very helpful and provided all the information we needed. We (husband, two teenage boys and I) loved our stay! Thanks, Gus!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janetta. You guys were so clean and such a big help during the crazy summer season. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and are of course welcome back anytime. Thanks again for choosing me. Gus
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Las Vegas, NV

Perfectly rennovated condo with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

Gus has done an amazing job rennovating this space with the majority stemming in the master bedroom, kitchen and living areas. Each room of the house was tastefully done, modernized with all the comforts of home. We made the mistake of over packing kitchen items, because Gus had spared no expense at ensuring all condiments and other paper items were fully stocked.

We took full advantage of the close proximity to the beach, and learned that there was another route besides the steps. We travelled with 3 small children and the seperate room in addition to the bunk beds worked out fantastically. We were all very comfortable and felt great about the use of space.

The luxury of having the full kitchen allowed us to cook breakfasts and lunches in the condo and explored the surrounding areas and did dinners out. The towels, beach toys, umbrellas and other conveniences were all included and thought of by Gus.

This was a great stay and would recommend this property to anyone looking to get away and have the luxury of California beach living.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was great having you stay. And thanks again for helping with the laundry and keeping the place so clean. See you next time! Gus
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Beautiful location and immaculate condo!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed here and had a wonderful time. The condo is located in a beautiful area with a beach close by. The condo was very nicely decorated and had everything we could think of to make our stay easy and enjoyable. Gus was great to work with also! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Barbara! And thank you for leaving the unit in such great shape. It really helps. Hope to see you again. Gus
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Wonderful Beach Condo in Dans Point!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation in Dana Point thanks to the owner, Gus and his beautiful beach condo in Dana Point! The weather was a little chilly for us coming from Arizona but that didn't stop us from having a great time. The time, thought and love put into this condo unit makes it feel like a home away from home and not just another vacation rental. Gus was easy to work with and was a plethora of information about the area, where to eat and things to do. The kids loved the surfer-themed bunk bed room as well as the colored lights in the whirlpool tub! The pool was a hit, too. The ocean view from the front patio was awesome and the walk along the park across the street was lovely. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathleen, thanks for being so respectful of the property. I'm glad you had a good time and you are always welcome back.
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1,000 Steps Beach
"One of the coolest "hidden beaches" on the coast."
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Luciana's Ristorante
Strands Beach
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
JWA - Orange County (John Wayne Airport)
Nearest Train
6 Miles
AmTrak San Juan Capistrano
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Pacific Coast Highway
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Strands at Salt Creeek
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $350

Please contact me directly about 30+ duration lodging and I can make an adjustment to the pricing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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