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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!
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