|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Welcome to CASITA TORTUGA BELIZE, your 'home away from home' vacation rental! Our home has been called 'one of the prettiest homes in San Pedro'!!
Our private oceanfront home is located in a small residential neighborhood of local professionals and families in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Caye is the largest island in the Country of Belize and is surrounded by the Carribean Sea.
Our home features light and airy, tasteful, beachouse-style decor, and is very clean and well-maintained. The large master bedroom has queen-sized bed and ample dresser and closet space for your belongings. The guest room also has queen-sized bed with built-in storage. The bathroom features a tub and shower. There is a comfortable living room, dining room and kitchen. There are ceiling fans throughout and AC is provided in the bedrooms and living/dining room. There's a washing machine, and wireless internet is provided. Air mattresses are also available upon request for those two-family vacations; parents sleep in the bedrooms and kids sleep in the living room 'sleep-over' style.
Relax on the large wooden deck that wraps three sides of the home, which offers plenty of seating, or take a nap in a hammock in the large overwater palapa. The palapa has lighting and electricity for those who want to telecommute with their feet in the sand! There is also a large gas grill with a side burner out on the deck for BBQing the catch of the day. And Yes! That is actual salvaged 'shipwreck' rope and fish netting used for the deck railing and the column on the front porch!
The private yard is beautifully maintained and features deep white sand and lush, tropical palm trees and flowering shrubs, with lots of shade and refreshing ocean breeze. There is an outdoor shower located up the side of a palm tree for those 'al fresco' showers, and the yard even has a white picket fence! Do you like orchids? Well wait until you see some of the orchids that we have collected over the years...some are nearly 5' tall! Look for them in the trees, on the railings, even on the house.
Easy boat access is provided via a short ocean canal (285') of the Carribean Sea and there is a concrete seawall that extends across the back property line/ocean edge. There is a water spigot located at the seawall to conveniently rinse the boat and gear off after a day in the sea. There is an iguana in the backyard that lives in a rock on the seawall...we call her Juana. She's shy, but she likes rice and tortilla chips! And for those bird watchers, we are regularly visited by Great Kiskadee's, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Herons, Pelicans, Egrets, etc., so be on the lookout!
The house features alot of hand-painted artwork by the owners, from the window shutters, to the outdoor seating, to driftwood art, to the power poles out front! This gives the house a funky, island vibe! Check out our palm tree bar table that we made in the backyard! Perfect for enjoying your evening cocktail while watching the Carribean sun set into the sea.
San Pedro Town is a long and skinny town of mostly un-paved streets, although a few of the Downtown area streets now feature cobblestone pavers. Our home is located 2 miles southwest of the heart of San Pedro Town, 1.6 miles southwest of the San Pedro Airport, and 0.6 miles to the nearest grocery store and public beach.
Being our guests has it's advantages! This may include personalized pick-up from the airport, coordinating your discounted rates on tours and excursions, coordinating golf cart transportation, etc. Housekeeping service is also available. We'll even let you know where the best restaurants are and where to shop for daily groceries! Just let us know how we can make your vacation to San Pedro 'your best vacation ever!'
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My name is Donna, and my Husband, Charles, was born and raised in San Pedro. He has over 100 extended familiy members on the island so we have some deep roots here and we come 'home' often! If fact, Charles and I met each other in San Pedro in 2004 when I traveled to San Pedro on a 'girls trip'! Our first date was right here at Casita Tortuga where Charles made me and my friends the most incredible dinner! That was it! A year and a half later we were married on the beach in San Pedro and our wedding reception was on the property just adjacent to Casita Tortuga, some 250 people, what a party!
That is what makes this home so special. This is not your typical rental home....This is our HOME! We LIVE here! And when our guests are not here, we continue to live here.
We hope that you love our home as much as we do!!
The Owner purchased this house in 2001
Our home is so perfectly located just south of town, in a small residential neighborhood, away from the hustle and bustle on the main streets in the heart of town. Shopping and beaches and tours are just a walk away into town, and taxi cabs are easy to catch at the nearest cross street.
When we're not painting something or creating some other art, we enjoy taking naps in the palapa or fishing off the back seawall. When we get thirsty we cut down a coconut from the trees, hack off some of the outer shell, and poke a straw inside for a refreshing drink. You should try it! We both LOVE to cook so the grill sees alot of action. Look around in the sand, sometimes you can find a hermit crab which is fun for the kids, but make sure you release him after a few hours!
Our family just finished a 2 month stay here at Casita Tortuga and the only thing we do regret is not having stayed longer! The home itself is absolutely beautiful inside and out but the backyard is definitely the extra perk. Designed and maintained so beautifully and not to mention being able to enjoy every sunrise and sunset in it is more than you could ask for when choosing the perfect "home away from home." Everything was great and the location of the home was just right- not directly in town yet close enough to walk or even hop on a quick golf cart ride to the store. We personally enjoyed being right outside of the busy San Pedro town area as it was a very convenient yet quiet spot (Perfect!). The neighborhood is quiet and people are very friendly. We felt very safe with our 4 year old son in this location and to be honest, the whole island felt pretty safe. The home owners, Donna & Charlie, were beyond helpful with anything and everything. They literally went out of their way to ensure that we were 100% happy and comfortable in the home which makes all the difference when experiencing a country for the first time. The home was stocked with any and all supplies you would find in your own house and more. All in all, we felt very lucky and blessed to have found SUCH a perfect spot on Ambergris Caye. I would recommend this home to anyone who loves beautiful views and enjoys living amongst the locals as we do.. It's a far better and more memorable experience this way! :) This home truly let's you enjoy the best of Belize without the "touristy" feeling. PERFECTION!
The house was comfortable, but that's about the only accurate statement the property owners make in their listing. They advertise it as being in a small residential neighborhood with local professionals. It is a very noisy , garbage strewn unkept neighborhood. I specifically asked before signing the lease about noise. Donna said " there may be a little music in the evening, but that's it". She forgot to mention that her home is located directly under the flight pattern of the airport. This means flights start at 7 AM every morning and continue until dark. They are very noisy and fly very low over the house. They even started at 6 AM on several occasions. When I emailed her about this after a few days her answer stated that it is indicated in her listing that the house is located 1.6 miles from the airport and that the flight pattern is not always in that direction. We endured this noise for one month and they never changed their flight pattern.
Listing also states there would be 2 bikes. One was stolen before our arrival. I emailed her several times asking about a replacement. Donna's answer, go rent one. I did not feel I should have to pay additional bike rental fees. After a few weeks the bike was finally replaced.
Large patches of black mold in the tub area as well as a very moldy plastic shower curtain liner. Stained linens and bedspread, yet they charge an outrageous amount when you leave for laundering the linens.
I asked about swimming in the private oceanfront they speak of before renting, and was told by Donna that you could swim there. Upon arrival Charles said you can't swim at the property and I would never swim in that water.
Refrigerator runs constantly, outside very hot, and does not keep food cold. When I asked the property manager to check it he promised to come back 2 times. He never came back to do anything so we had a very high electric bill because of this.
Internet access was sporadic.
Closet, cupboards and dresser in the bedrooms are full of the property owners personal clothing. I had to move their clothes from the dresser to have access for my belongings in the dresser.
The neighbor, who is also Charles's nephew, left several times during our stay in the middle of the night. Before leaving he boards all the windows up with pieces of wood and uses a screw gun to do so. Very noisy and inconsiderate to others who may not be on the same schedule.
I would not recommend this rental to anyone. The listing description is not accurate.
Cute, cozy and comfortable, Charles was superb as a guide and host. The price was good but we did not like the trash and unkept neighborhood. Also the flights over the house starting a 7am were bothersome. The neighbors were friendly and helpful. We would have washed the sheets if we knew how much the cost to clean them was. Charles said he would take us on a boat trip but that never happened. Overall I would rate the house a c plus.There was only one bike available but we were told 2 were there. I love Belize and the people. Gary
I have just returned from staying at this welcoming home. I am counting the days for when I return.
My nephew, his girlfriend and I arrived on January 1, 2013. Charles greeted us and with Antonio, the taxi driver and we started our vacation.
When you meet someone from San Pedro as Charles is, the information provided is outstanding. He gave us names of people to contact and places to see and eat.
We did all it. What is so impressive to me, is the degree to which you are welcomed when you take Charles up on the information. Charles and Donna's family becomes your family.
The house is so cool, full of warmth and character.
We were blessed to connnect with Antonio who gave us a phone to call him whenever we needed a ride. His word is honourable, his response was true.
This also reflective of Charles' brother Martin who arranged for us to experience the best catamaran adventure possible. His family being El Captain MJ, first mate Jody and Ricky as the fish whisper are extensions of the classiness demonstrated by this Belizian family.
This family classiness also extends to restaurants - if you want a true Belizian meal check out El Fagon and to the aunt (i hope i have that right) Shelley (my name too!!!!!) whose Bistro made the best vegetarian meal on the whole island.
Many thanks to both Donna and Charles. Your warmth is felt in your words, your actions, your family and your home that you have been gracious enough to share.
ps waiting for the receipe :))))))
My wife and I took our Honeymoon to Belize this year and had a great time in Casita Tortuga. The house was very nice and everything was as described in the listing. The owner, Charlie, is native to San Pedro and was there to meet us at the airport. He took us around and gave us a very good tour as to where to go, what to see, and who to deal with on the Island. I joked with him that when he retires he should move back to San Pedro and be mayor because he seriously knows everyone there!!!
We had some unfortunate weather when we first arrived and so we pretty much locked up the first two days. The price of this house was very comparable to other hotel rooms that we looked at and what a difference it made to be able to stretch out and still enjoy yourself even though there was a lot of rain. The outdoor space was great but again we had some unlucky weather so we did not get to utilize it very much which is too bad because a BBQ there would have been great.
I would definitely come back to Casita Tortuga and would definitely recommend it to someone else traveling to Belize. Getting a golf cart is convenient but can be expensive when you consider it is only a $5 cab ride to and from downtown. I would definitely look at your schedule and rent your golf cart for 24-48 hours at at time as needed and take a cab the rest of the time. If you are no in any big hurry it is no problem the cab will be there 10 minutes after you call and they are easy enough to find when you are down town.
My husband and I stayed at Casita Tortuga for a week and could not have been happier with the accomodations. We flew into San Pedro and were greeted by Charles, who even after waiting for hours due to our delayed flight, greeted us with a warm welcoming smile. He had already arranged for a golf cart for us and after helping load our luggage onto the cart set off to show us the Casita. When we arrived at the Casita we were pleasantly surprised to find the refrigerator fully stocked with cold beer and other necessities! The Casita was everything we hoped it would be and more. The furnishings are island classy yet comfortable and the decor is just perfect! The location is close to everything yet private enough that you can take a break from being a tourist. Charlie offered to show us around town and we had a wonderful time learning more about the island. We had stayed in San Pedro two other times prior but it was like a different world being with a true "local". We were introduced to a few restaurant owners and other locals, everyone knows "Charlie" and "Charlie" knows everyone. We truly felt like locals too! We ate at Lilie's that night and it became one of our favorite places to eat after that. As an added bonus since they knew that we were friends of Charlie's, they gave us a discount off our bill everytime! The next day Charles took us out in his boat and it was so wonderful to walk right out of "our" place and get into his boat in just a few steps. He took us snorkling in the protected area off the reef. We had a wonderful day and saw the most amazing fish. Charles left the next day and we felt like we had made a friend for life. The rest of our stay was so relaxing. We shopped at the "Purple Store" and used the BBQ that the Casita has on the deck to make dinner a couple nights and it was so nice to have the option of not going out if we didn't feel like it. We purchased a movie at the video store and watched it at the Casita on another night then spent the evening out at the palapa by the water. The palapa was my favorite place to relax and read. I can not think of one thing negative to say about our stay.
If you are looking for a wonderful, relaxing place to stay, this is the place. Donna and Charles are an added bonus to this beautiful little slice of heaven! They made the whole process from beginning to end a delight and went above and beyond to help us in anyway they could! We will never stay anywhere else in San Pedro again.
Mayan Ruins, Zip-Lining, Dive and Snorkel Trips, Manatee Trips, Bird Watching, Sunset Cruises, Water Excursions, Cave Tubing, Cave Exploration, Deep Sea Fishing, Fly Fishing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2014 - May 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$89|
Year-round. Check-in 3pm/Check-out 10am. All information subject to change. Low Season-June 1 to October 31: $850/wk or $1,200/mo Plus Utilities. Peak Season-November 1 to May 31: $950/wk or $1,400/mo Plus Utilities. Utility Charges Include: Water/Electricity/Propane/Cable/Internet. 9% Hotel Tax will be added. NOTE:Sub-Tropical Climate, Research/Plan Accordingly. Lease Agreement & Non-Refundable
Full rent payment is required to Hold/Confirm Reservation. Payment by Personal Check or Cashiers Check with 2 forms of current photo ID. Rates are subject to change. Pet Fee, Bicycle Rental Fee, Cell Phone Rental fee, Air Mattress Fee, etc. are not included in the Rent Fee. 9% Hotel Tax will be added to the Rent Fee. Utility charges are not included in the Rent Fee.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.