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

Bedrooms 1
Space 300 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Carolyn Kinsman/Perry Willkes
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2017

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 Bahía Kino

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!


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.


Bahía Kino Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 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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Intimate Tortuga Studio on the beach; family of 2 adults & 1 child
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Kino Bay and I found it to be an undiscovered small gem in Mexico that came with many lovely surprises. While the beach and the water were clean and quiet, the accommodations at Casa Tortuga, located directly on the beach, were truly superb. The spacious room I stayed in was light and airy, beautifully decorated and featured views of the entire bay. In the morning I walked outside on my patio and watched the sun rise, along with the sea mist surrounding the outcroppings, while drinking a cup of coffee. In the evening I watched stunning sunsets from the same location while enjoying a cocktail.

The owners were entirely responsive to my needs and responded to my questions right away.

They were genuinely concerned about my travel to Kino Bay and made phone calls on my behalf to other people involved. The notebook they compiled of the area described local activities and other items of interest and was attractive and useful.

In all, I felt that my time and money were well spent and returned a wonderful value. For pure pleasure and stress relief, it just doesn't get better than visiting the sparkling Sea of Cortez at Kino Bay and relaxing at the ultra-comfortable and beautiful Casa Tortuga!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tucson Az

Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Casa Tortuga. It has a beautiful ongoing view! Very intimate, luxurious, plenty of room with all the amenities, with the beach right outside the Terraza. We definitely, will recommend and come back again.

Casa Tortuga felt like home.

We enjoyed our stay and company.

~Violeta y Roberto

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having guests like you makes it easy!! What a delightful time. Thank you for your lovely review; just makes us want always to try even harder. We look forward to your next visit. —Carolyn & Perry
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Tempe, AZ

Paradise on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated and maintained apartment situated ideally for a relaxing beach holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a delight to have you, and we hope it was just what you needed!
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Ideal... could not be better

  • 5 of 5

wonderful accomodations, always clean, impeccably neat, GORGEOUS location and a great spot on the beach....

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed here a number of times now and always love it. Great location right on the beach, studio is nicely decorated with a super comfy bed, kayaks and other recreational items available for use - just a fabulous setup. Very nice hosts and helpers, too.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're the best. Well, we just seem to have great guests! Thoughtful, careful, respectful. You know, we refer to ourselves as the "accidental innkeepers,"because we really didn't start out with the intention to do this. But it happened, and it's been a joy. We get to meet some of the most interesting people! Thank you!
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My new favorite place in the world!

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to not just gush about how marvelous this place was. RIGHT on the beach, gorgeous view, sweet room, helpful staff, WARM water... I even had dolphins swim right by me!!! I think I've found heaven! The drive was TOTALLY do-able for me (from Arizona). I'm already planning when I'll go back. (Oh, while I was there I checked out another couple of places to stay, and they were... icky. THIS is the place to stay)

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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