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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Our vacation was perfect. We were able to dive, snorkel and fish while enjoying the beautiful house. Spent a lot of time in pool. Sleeping was uncomfortable at times because there is no AC but lots of fans are provided which made it better. Definitely rent a car and explore the island, it's beautiful. Kevin, Clair and Desiree were the perfect hosts and could answer all questions and provide any assistance needed (including getting a key after locking ourselves out!). Thank you for a lovely experience.
We spent 14 wonderful days at Far Tortuga. We were met at the airport by Clair, Kevin and Desiree who stayed behind the scenes looking after us throughout our stay. The house was perfect for our family as my brother and his wife, and our family had separate and private sleeping areas but could spend most of our time in the large, spacious living area overlooking the sea. The kitchen was fully equipped and we were able to make fabulous dinners with local seafood and fruits. The area and people around the house are warm and friendly and we always had a sense of safety. Snorkeling is available right outside the house or, for those less inclined to face the open ocean (like me), there is a beautiful calm bay to loll around on on the other side of the house. This is the perfect house for those who want a base from which to explore the island and who want to stay off the tourist/resort route.
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.
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...