From the moment I began researching a solo trip for my wife and I, I wanted something romantic, different, and outside the comfort zone of a resort in the Caribbean. After seeing a house hunters international episode, and consulting with a well travelled friend, San Juan Del Sur was the front runner. And upon researching on VRBO and HomeAway, I found Tortuga Azul.
From the moment I paid the deposit I knew I had made the right call. The owners were extremely engaged the moment we agreed to the dates and I paid the deposit. They send you a boatload of extremely useful information about the town, the area, the food and how to get around. So how was our experience? We are that annoying couple who want to tell you about our vacation. Tortuga Azul is as beautiful as depicted in the pictures. Its absolutely perfect. The house is beautiful, the pool and its views are amazing, and the groundskeeper is extremely nice and unintrusive. When we were at the house, we wanted to swim and be alone. The doors of the house all open and the ceiling fans circulate the Pacific air and breezes throughout the house.
Just as good as the house is the support you receive from the owners. The property manager is extremely helpful if you have questions and even gave us a ride into town when she dropped off the keys and rental cell phone (a huge bonus if you need to give a number to someone in the states to reach you while in Nicaragua).
Finally, the owners recommend a driver and tour guide named Elie. Elie was amazing. He had someone pick us up at the airport, (his car had broken down) and was always available to send us drivers when we wanted to go somewhere. In addition, he took us on two tours, one to watch the turtles come ashore and lay eggs, and the other for a surf lesson at the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen. If we needed information, he had it. He was the nicest most engaging person, and he made our vacation the best one we have taken since our honeymoon 10 years ago.
In all, the owners of this house have a beautiful vacation home, they provide you with a boatload of information, and provide you with the support once in Nicaragua to make your trip a once in a lifetime event. I cannot recommend this house, the town, the owners or the support people they provide once you arrive in Nicaragua enough. I wish there were more stars to give this property and the owners. A superlative trip. Thank you both and we are telling our friends.