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Intimate Tortuga Studio on the beach; family of 2 adults & 1 child

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Bahía de Kino Studio Rental Photos and Description

Charming Private Studio with 1BR 1BA & Kitchenette on Kino's Beautiful Beach

EVERY 7th NIGHT IS FREE/CADA SEPTIMA NOCHE ES GRATIS. ¿Habla español? Visita: HomeAway 320405 para todos los detalles. Hacemos TODAS las reservaciones por internet, NO POR TELEFONO. Por favor de no llamar. Primero vea el calendario de disponibilidad en esta pagina, entonces mande un mensaje. Así podemos comunicar claramente sobre todos los detalles y evitar errores. Gracias por su comprensión.

We make ALL of our bookings online, not by phone. Please do not call. First, review the calendar for availability, then send us a message so that we can communicate clearly and avoid errors. Thank you!

Sweet one-bedroom lodging on the ground floor for SINGLE or DOUBLE occupancy. NO SMOKING, NO PETS. This studio apartment has a double bed, and ONE small child may be accommodated with a floor mattress, with prior agreement. On the beach with stunning view and private entrance. The bath is tastefully decorated with talavera tile, and there’s a large closet (4’ by 6’) to stash your gear. This ample unit (bedroom measures 11’ by 14’) is fully air-conditioned and well-insulated for comfort and quiet. The kitchenette has a refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, toaster, coffee maker, blender, pots, pans, dishes, utensils... There is an electric grill for outdoor use. The cafe table is ideal for writing in your journal over a second cup of coffee, or for that private dinner for two. Start your day over breakfast, outdoors on our covered veranda, with the scent of basil and a view of Pelican Island.

GREAT FOR FAMILY GATHERINGS! We list two other apartments on HomeAway — the Pelican, on the second floor, and Casa Encantada, which is just two doors away on the beach. The Pelican can accommodate a family of four, and Casa Encantada sleeps six; so we can accommodate up to 13 people for those special family affairs.

Intimate and Private: After a day on the water or relaxing on the beach, enjoy a cold drink while watching the sun set over the mountains of Tiburón Island before walking to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Wind up the day with brandy and conversation on the veranda under a clear night sky filled with stars, or moonlight dancing on the water.

Come for a romantic weekend or a week (seventh night is free) and a little “Kino-therapy!”

We respect your wish to spend a healthy visit enjoying the clean air of the Sonoran coast, so we maintain a “No-Smoking Facility” (both in the rooms and on the grounds). To ensure a healthy environment, Pets are Not Allowed.

Se Habla Español.

BR B Amenities: /B BR We provide no meals, but a well-equipped kitchenette (sink, microwave, under-counter refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cups, glasses, and utensils -- NO COOKTOP OR OVEN) allows you to prepare your own breakfast, lunch or dinner if you prefer to eat in.

Amenities: Most food items are available at one of the nearby tiendas, or ‘supermercados’ (one about four blocks away); there are many small food stores and panaderias in the nearby village of Kino Viejo; or bring a selection of your own favorite foods.


Two sit-on kayaks (one single, one double) are available (without charge) for your use in the gentle waters outside your door. More adventurous visitors can rent new expedition-style kayaks (less than a block away) to explore the nearby estuary or the tidal pools north of town.

BR B Activities: /B BR Kino Bay is located on the picturesque shores of the Sea of Cortez, and is blessed with one of the most beautiful, and uncrowded, beaches in all of Mexico. Begin your morning with a long walk on this sandy seven mile arc with a view of several islands offshore and excellent shelling areas nearby.

Area Activities: Swim or Kayak in the warm Sea of Cortez, or relax on our broad veranda and watch a Pod of Dolphins swim by. Sometimes you’ll see dozens, even hundreds, of Birds Diving on schools of small fish. The Sea of Cortez is one of the world’s most remarkable natural environments.

Take a Panga Ride to nearby Isla Pelicano to see hundreds of birds nesting among the rocks. Seals and sea lions are often found sunning themselves at the island. Then visit the wreck of a shrimp boat on a nearby beach before pausing for lunch at the oyster shacks in the estuary.

Visit the Seri Museum for an insight into the ways of these ancient peoples. Bargain with a street vendor and take home a handmade basket as a memento of your visit.

Stop at the Casa del Mar Museum to learn about the Sea of Cortez and the ecology of the Sonoran desert. Check out the local campus of Prescott Collete and their on-the-water courses. Go Whale Watching in February and March, or Deep-Sea Fishing year-round.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Carolyn Kinsman/Perry Willkes
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 8, 2016
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About Carolyn Kinsman/Perry Willkes

We retired to Kino, bought and renovated this old house for ourselves, and added a couple of guest apartments for family and friends. Well, guess what? Family and friends don't come all the time, so se started renting. And now renters often end up as friends and like family. We refer to ourselves as the accidental innkeepers!

Carolyn Kinsman/Perry Willkes purchased this studio in 2003

Why Carolyn Kinsman/Perry Willkes chose Sonora

On my. Let me count the 'whys'! Well, it's on the most beautiful beach! It's quiet, and peaceful. During an early morning beach walk, you might meet one or two other people – but not always! We always wanted to live by the sea but never dreamed it would be possible. Now we wake up every day and feel grateful for our good fortune. Also, it's not too far to drive back to the U.S. to see family — or for them to come see us.

What makes this studio unique

Sunsets, great seafood, our organic garden, Kino folks, Mexican's tough to beat!


based on 13 traveler reviews

Intimate Tortuga Studio on the beach; family of 2 adults & 1 child
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Me and my gf Yuliya stayed here for 2 nights. The hosts was super friendly and helpful. Everything was organized so we knew where to go and what to do. The place is like an art gallery. It feels like you're staying in authentic and artistic local place. We will definitely come back.

Thanks a lot!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so grateful for this lovely review! Nothing makes us happier than knowing that our visitors enjoy their stay and plan to come back. We are fortunate to be able to share our Kino life and environment with such nice people.
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  • 5 of 5

Loved the place! definitely we're coming back next year! Thank you Carolyn and Perry for this amazing experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!! We are so happy you had a good time, and we'll look forward to seeing you the next time. Please let us know if there is any way we can improve.
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect!!!!...Carolyn sent me extremely easy directions to get there. We arrived a bit late and the caretakers were so nice and helpful when we got there. Walking into the amazing grounds of this little gem was breathtaking!!!! EVERY single detail was my idea of PERFECT. THANK YOU a million times for creating the perfect retreat in CASA TORTUGA and for allowing us to share your heaven for a weekend . So private so clean so comfy can't wait to return .

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you for such a wonderful review! We try very hard to make things PERFECT, but it's really special when someone says we succeeded! Mostly, we are just happy you had a good time, and we'll look forward to having you again!
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A Perfect Perch for a Kino Adventure!

  • 5 of 5

Carolyn and Perry have created the perfect home away from home ! It is an ideal location to lounge on the beach, walk and explore New Kino, catch the bus or drive to Old Kino, and to rest up after a long day of adventures.

Our family appreciated our friendly hosts, the clean and beautiful room, and the privacy. Carolyn and Perry also offered valuable travel tips for our trip down from Nogales and gave detailed directions that led us through each stop, highlighting restaurants and points of interest.

There is so much to see and do in beautiful Bahia de Kino. Casa Tortuga is the picture-perfect place to rest and relax between Sonoran adventures!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Romantic Respite

  • 5 of 5

These two casitas are perfect for a single person or a couple, although hey could accommodate another person. The sounds of the waves and birds soothe you to sleep and in the morning sunshine, you can make a cup of coffee (all provisions are in the kitchenette) and take 3 steps onto the sand to saunter along the miles-long beach, picking up shells, and barely seeing another person. The friendly, knowledgeable American owners are on-site, and available for information and suggestions, but you have complete privacy and total quiet. This was the first place on our 11 day trip to San Carlos, Alamos and Bahia Kino where we could flush the toilet paper down the toilet. The downstairs unit is very small, but everything you need is there (sink, refrigerator, utensils and dishes). We love the Talavera tile and open waterfall shower and the bathroom amenities provided. The upstairs unit is larger, with a huge veranda where you can sit out and watch the sunsets and sip a glass of wine. Both units are furnished in beautiful, tasteful Mexican style and very functional. We used the kayaks provided and also went snorkeling. The water was clear and warm (in November), but not too many fish. Restaurants nearby...we love walking to El Pargo Rojo for awesome fresh fish, and Casablanca for breakfasts. This was our second visit to La Tortuga, and we definitely will be returning.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review! We LOVE our guests! It's a pleasure to meet delightful people and see how they enjoy themselves in Kino; and we are fortunate to be able to help that happen. — Perry & Carolyn
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Quiet Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quiet getaway in a beautifully decorated and maintained casita with tropical landscaping this is the place for you! This casita is just the right size for a romantic getaway. We enjoyed the large balcony with its comfortable lounge chairs and sea views very much. The casita comes with a electric bbq and we found ourselves sipping cocktails on the balcony at sunset while fresh fish from the local fish market grilled. We saw pelicans and terns fishing, a large pod of dolphins and late one afternoon we heard seals and sure enough there were two of them fishing right in front of the casita. The casita also comes with 2 really nice kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas. The owners were traveling during our stay and their representative, Elaine, was very helpful and friendly while at the same time never intruding on our privacy. We will be back again and again!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
85 Miles
Guaymas, Sonora
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Highway to Hermosillo
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Pargo Rojo
Nearest Beach
We are ON the beach!
Car: not necessary

Kino is a small community stretched along a lovely sandy beach on the Sea of Cortez.

Other Activities: kayaking

Golf: Desert Golfing is available at the local Kino Bay Desert Golf Club.

The nearby city of Hermosillo is home to several universities, many good restaurants and hotels, and good bookstores. We’ll be happy to make recommendations. There are cultural events, in Spanish, during much of the year.

Mexican Winter League Baseball, in Hermosillo, is an enjoyable way to spend an evening – in any language. The Naranjeros play ball at Hector Espino Stadium during October, November, and December, with playoffs in January. Most games (except double headers) begin at 7:30 pm.

BR B Area: /B BR Weather:

The Sonoran coast is enjoyable most of the year. From early May to late October the Sea of Cortez is warm and swimmable. Air temperatures can be very hot mid-July to mid-September.

Our location on the Sea of Cortez means it doesn’t freeze in Kino Bay. Winter days are generally warm, and most visitors wear shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops.

Ski: Nights can be cool and it’s a good idea to pack a pair of long pants, socks, sweater, and jacket in case of a cold snap.

Getting there:

Kino Bay is an easy day’s drive south from Tucson. We can provide you with a detailed travel guide.


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Bahía de Kino Studio Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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When one stays for a full week or more, every seventh night is free.

We require a 50% deposit to reserve, with the balance due on or before arrival. We bill via PayPal: 50% to reserve, and the other 50% is billed one week before arrival.

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Bahía de Kino Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Charming, Talavera tile work
  • Tiled shower, no tub. Beautifully detailed in Talavera tile.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 adults, 1 child possible
  • This is an ideal two-person studio; however, it can accomoodate a young child, if sleeping on the floor on a foam mattress (provided) is acceptable.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
THIS IS A NO-SMOKING FACILITY. Smoking is not permitted in the room or on the veranda. Smokers may smoke on the beach. We have numerous non-motorized water toys and kids beach toys available for your use. We live on site and are available almost any time to provide information or help of any kind. We respect your privacy but also enjoy conversaiton, when appropriate; and we think one of our finest amenities is that we like having guests! There is a George Forman electric grill for use on the veranda.

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