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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
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.
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Stephanie and Ron Warren purchased this house in 2008
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.
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.
Our trip was so very special. Even though I have wanted to visit CR for some time, it would not have been the same doing it on a tour, or without staying with a home base as yours, without the opportunity to have a more intimate feel of the country and its people, and animals! We both definitely want to return, and hopefully rent your wonderfully comfortable home at Turtle Cove next year. I am already thinking ahead on places that I want to visit. Actually, I am not sure I can wait almost a whole year to return!
We had a great stay. House is very large and you find everything you need.
The house was beyond beautiful, the view was breathtaking. Everyone was so nice and helpful!! I will recomend this property for anyone who wants to go to Costa Rica!! Pura vida!!
It is indeed a beautiful home with a nice lake view (and volcano view on a clear day). We enjoyed the wide open living areas and nice, big bedrooms. Unfortunately, its location is not ideal if you plan to spend most of your time in the La Fortuna area, where most of the attractions and activities are. Even though distance-wise it is not too far, it will take around an hour each way because of the narrow, winding road. Another issue we had was the bedsheets do not look clean because of the wear and the stains. We also found some hair in one of the beds and the bed covers of the twin beds had lots of short hairs (guessing pet hairs?). Otherwise, it was a really nice home. Stephanie was very nice and responsive in all our communications. Jorge was there to meet us despite a delay on our arrival, was always available to answer our questions, and helped us resolve an issue with the wireless router/internet service. Overall, we had a good time at the house. Thanks, Stephanie and Ron, for sharing your beautiful home with us.
We, a party of 6, stayed at Stephanie and Ron's beautiful gem for a total of 13 nights. We loved the layout and space available to us, especially the big living room/kitchen area and the deck. Getting to it at night can be challenging since the "Turtle Cove" sign is partially damaged. Jorge, the property manager, was kind enough to wait for our delayed arrival because we got lost a few times. :)
Unfortunately, the weather wasn't that great but the never-ending winds were just right for the die-hart windsurfers amongst us. It's important though to let new tenants know that the road to the property is a dirt road so that people can make decisions about the type of car and car insurance to get when coming to stay here. Nevertheless, it was an okay enough road with a regular car.
Thank you again, Stephanie and Ron, for letting us stay at your beautiful property! We would definitely recommend this place this to others who want to stay near Ticowinds or who do not mind driving 45 min to see the volcano, go on hikes, or enjoy the hot springs.
Very late in writing this, but our stay at Ron & Stehanie's house remains a favorite of all our travels. While it takes quite a bit of time to get there, once you arrive it is clear why they make this a 2nd home. The views are outstanding and the house itself is lovely with comfortable, large beds & living area. And the enormous deck took us from morning yoga & coffee, to wildlife watching, to happy hour in the evening. You could spend days at that house...except that there is so much good hiking within 45 minutes in both directions that you would feel guilty not leaving the deck at least once in a while.
Great house in a great location and what a view!
Although this is a late entry, I enjoyed staying at this house for a couple of nights in Nov 2013.
The Views of the lake and Volcano (when the mysterious lady shows herself) are classic from the front deck, therefore that 0700hrs morning coffee can easily become a 1100hrs midday start to the day.
The house is in great condition, well laid out and with all the modern conveniences one would expect. Turtle Cove is well positioned on Lake Arenal and close to small towns/tourist areas.
The gated community is located in a hub of nature, with a community pool and tracked walks in the area.
I enjoyed it that much, my wife and I purchased a property at the "cove".
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.
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