Far Tortuga is located mid-island on the south side of Roatan approximately 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from shopping and restaurants in French Harbour. It is a secluded, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, oceanfront home, comfortable for up to 9 people, in the small community known as First Bight.
The house, finished in 1994, features a modern, fully-equipped kitchen with all conveniences: gas cook top, wall oven, disposal, dishwasher, microwave, coffee-grinder and coffee-maker, toaster oven, food processor, blender, etc.Granite countertops have recently been installed. The tiled great room, which encompasses the living room, kitchen, and dining area, is large and airy and feels even more spacious because of the stunning vaulted wood cupola ceiling and the massive wood French doors that line the sides of the room facing the ocean. These doors all open to catch the ocean breezes and beckon to visitors to barbeque on the gas grill or just relax and watch the sunset from the over 2000 square feet of decks and gazebos that wrap-around the exterior of the house.In February 2008 we completed construction of an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean and the stone patios and benches surrounding it are perfect fro sunbathing. The living room contains an entertainment center complete with DVD player and cable TV (bring your favorite DVDs or rent them on island). We also have a wireless iPod and CD player.
All three bedrooms possess vaulted ceilings, island style louvered windows, ceiling and floor fans, hardwood floors, luxury linens, and the two largest bedrooms open via French doors onto their own ocean view decks. Our master bedroom is very privately situated in its own wing and includes a queen bed with a walk-in closet, a huge master bathroom with his and hers vanity sinks and a walk-in shower. The other two bedrooms share a full bath with tub/shower on the opposite side of the house. One room contains a bunkbed and an extra long twin and the other bedroom has a queen bed and another huge walk-in closet. There is a very comfortable sofabed in the living room and a queen-size aero-bed if you want to sleep under the stars in one of the gazebos.
On the lower level of the home there are two separate garages which house a large washer and dryer for guest use. There is ample space for parking vehicles either in or outside of both garages.
The turquoise waters of the Caribbean are literally steps away from the house across the Ironshore. In addition, there is always easy access through the community dock a short walk away in First Bight or at the community beach a few doors down from the house. A two person kayak and two single kayaks are also available for your pleasure.
Some of the best wall diving on Roatan is a short swim or kayak in front of this house where the snorkeling is also excellent. Snorkeling and dive equipment rentals are a few minutes drive away, and there are many dive operators to choose from on the island.
For less adventurous guests, we suggest lazing in the pool or on the covered porches watching for dolphins or enjoying the many hummingbirds that visit the feeders and hibiscus blooms surrounding the decks. Other wildlife to watch for include: hermit crabs, land crabs, geckos, iguanas, and the lizards known on the island as 'Monkey La-las'. These lizards are quite tame and enjoy offerings of tropical fruit.
On arrival at Roatan Airport Kevin and Claire, our Property Managers, will be on hand to help you with picking up your rental vehicle (which we highly recommend in order for you to make the most of your stay) and then escort you to the house.
First night snacks and first morning breakfast items will be provided along with a bottle of chilled white wine for your enjoyment!
Kevin and Claire will be on hand throughout your stay to provide advice and assistance so that your vacation will be hassle free and will be easy to contact on the cell phone that is available for your use whilst on the island.
Come stay at Far Tortuga - we know that you'll be glad you did!
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We just returned from a 12 day stay at Far Tortuga. We have stayed many places in the Caribbean and this house ranks at the top of our list. Right from the arrival when we were met at the airport by Kevin, Claire and Desiree made us feel welcomed. We rented a 4x4 truck and Claire coordinated everything so that it was waiting upon arrival. Desiree was great showing us the local grocery store and then taking us to the house. The pictures do not this place justice, it is beautiful. It is exactly as stated and has a great vibe to it. Desiree gave great recommendations for dining out and some activities. The kitchen is well stocked with all that you would need. The weather was great and snorkeling is fantastic right out in front and off the dock. It was hard for us to leave the house to explore because it is so relaxing. It is off the beaten path and this makes for quiet stay. Thanks for sharing this house.
I can only mirror all of the comments in previous reviews. House is exactly as advertised and is incredible. The shore diving right in front of the house was on awesome and on par or superior with the boat dives we did. We rented tanks from Subway Watersports and dove in front of the house pretty much every day. Divers, this is the place for you!
Our stay unfortunately fell on two weeks of very wet weather, it rained significantly pretty much every day we were there. The week before we arrived the island received 18 inches of rain in one week. As a result of all the rain, the bugs were unbelievable. Not unique to this house, it was a very common comment at the airport as we were leaving. This level or rain is abnormal as were the level of bugs so don't be deterred. But if it has been wet on the island before your stay, bring repellent!
This house is simply perfect! I am so glad the owners share their little slice of paradise! It is perfectly situated in the middle of the island of Roatan with a grocery store nearby to prepare great meals in the awesome kitchen with views that don’t quit. There are also great restaurants nearby if you don’t feel like cooking. The buoy out front is a dive spot for the island businesses that you get to enjoy at your leisure. We snorkeled twice a day from the dock and were amazed by the beauty. The property is managed by a superb local company, Blue Reef, who are at your disposal for anything you may need. If you are looking for peace and quiet and a vacation you’ll never forget, choose Far Tortuga. Prepare yourself to never want to leave!!
Our family of 5 enjoyed 8 nights in this house! it was well equipped and had everything you would need on vacation! The kitchen had every appliance/tool that you would need, even some I had not seen before! Though we only cooked dinner in the house 1 night, it was nice!
The bedroom arrangement was great as we could put our kids (ages 17,12 & 9) on the west wing and we had the east wing! There was plenty of room! The Living room was roomy and would get a nice breeze going through the open doors. The master bedroom also had nice breezes and the sound of the ocean was awesome at night as it is right out your window!
I would recommend you rent a 4x4 truck to get around on the island, it by far would be the most comfortable and safest to drive on the island.
We loved the pool, the kids would spend hours in the pool every day, even after coming home at night from a long days activities! The wife and I would sit and watch the kids, lizards and humming birds while having a cocktail! The deck is mostly (90%?) shaded throughout the day, always a place to get out of the sun.
We have rented several properties through VRBO in various locations in the USA, this one is true to the advertisement and Kevin and Claire the property managers were helpful with any questions we may have had.
We came to Roatan for our delayed honeymoon, but we ended up taking friends with us. There was a total of 7 of us that stayed at Far Tortuga. When we arrived, the property managers came to the airport and met us. They were so accommodating. We had a little issue renting cars, and they helped us immensely. Along with helping us with a rental car, we were given a cell phone that works on the island, so we could contact them if we had any issues. When we arrived at Far Tortuga, we were truly amazed. The house and the property was absolutely beautiful. The view on the back deck was the best part. The house is right on a reef that was amazing for snorkeling. Instead of paying a guide to snorkel, we had the one of the best places to snorkel 40 feet from the house. The house has a great kitchen for cooking, and even with a large crew of seven, we all slept very comfortably. We could have stayed the whole week without leaving the house, but of course with a crew of seven we had to explore. One of the best places to zipline is only a 10 minute drive from the house. Our crew also went to the east end of the island and went kite-boarding. This was probably an hour drive from the house, but was totally worth it. The two best restaurants that we ate at were Cal’s Catina, which is about a 15 minute drive, and The Hole in the Wall, which is a 20 minute drive, and a nice little 5 minute boat ride. On the west end we all went on a fishing trip where we caught barracuda and Oahu. Far Tortuga is also equipped with a swimming pool, which is nice when you want to swim at the house in a body of water without salt. Overall, we had an experience of a lifetime. This house was so private, and it was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the island and just relax in peace. We would highly recommend this house to anyone thinking about staying in Roatan, and we were so glad to have had this amazing experience.
We arrived in Roatan and the property managers met us at the airport. They helped with the rental car, taking us to a grocery store and escorting us to the house. What a beautiful house and setting. The house was well maintained, clean and well stocked. The pool was just gorgeous and you could watch the waves from the pool and deck. We checked out local restaurants, but because there was fresh seafood we cooked quite a bit at the house. What a treat!! I would highly recommend this house.
This property is located in the small, secluded community of First Bight on the south shore of Roatan near Fantasy Island and Coco View Dive Resorts. The best diving on Roatan is located right in our backyard! On calm days you can snorkel, dive, and/or kayak right in front of the house. Access is always easy at the dock in the bight a very short walk away. Arch's Iguana Farm and Pirates of the Caribbean Zipline Canopy Tour are both a short drive away.
Other Activities: Kayaking, zipline, canopy tour, spa, yoga...