About the property
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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
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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
Stephanie and Ron Warren
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- May 22, 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: stephaniepwarren627
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.
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Definitely worth the money!!
My partner & I loved the spacious & well layed out home. It is a gated community with 24 hour security.
The costarican wood throughout was so well handcrafted. The hosts had someone meet us and to walk us through the home.
We stayed for 5 nights and we took advantage of the gourmet kitchen, the livingroom for some down time, the table on the deck, the community infinity pool and bird watching.
This home is in the cozy little town of Aquagate and we ate well at some of the restaurants, with incredible gardens and views of the lake and they fed the tropical birds fresh fruit, so we could see them. We also went to their local festival and shopped at their grocery store.
Just over an hour away is the Arenal Volcano & there is so much to do and we were incredibly satisfied with all of the experiences.
This house is gorgeous and well equipped. Large open space, beautiful view of the lake and easy access. There is a large patio to sit or eat out in although it was quite windy, but warm, during the evening hours. The entire property is well maintained and safe. We had the pool to ourselves and although there are other houses in this development, we rarely saw anyone. The owners have thought of everything so we had no need to contact them during our stay at all, which is saying a lot about them! We were revisiting this area to see where we would like to spend our winter months away from cold and snow and I believe we found it. We're hoping to return next year but for a longer period of time. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we love this area and loved your house!
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!!
Beautiful home with a nice lake view
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.
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!
A hidden gem with Lake access!
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.
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.