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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


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

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Property Manager
Stephanie and Ron Warren
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Stephanie and Ron Warren

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:


Stephanie and Ron Warren purchased this house in 2008

Why Stephanie and Ron Warren chose Tierras Morenas

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Mar 2011
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Tierras Morenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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!


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  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. House is very large and you find everything you need.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home with a nice lake view

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review! Our home is situated ideally to also take advantage of the attractions to the west of La Fortuna - Viento Fresco Waterfalls outside of Tilaran, Monteverde, and Tenorio National Park famous for the Rio Celeste waterfall. The beaches are about 2/12 hours away. We appreciate the comments on bedding and will certainly address now that we're here in our home for a 12 week stay. We encourage our guests to spend at least a week here to fully appreciate the lifestyle and benefits of Pura Vida!
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A hidden gem with Lake access!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house away from town, with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

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".

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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