Casa Tortuga is a two-story five bedroom villa on the beach in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The beach at Casa Tortuga is a quarter of a mile from the reef and Hol Chan Marine Preserve. The Property has 100 feet of beachfront and is surrounded by 28 coconut palms.
Casa Tortuga Villa is located 1 3/4 miles south of San Pedro, which takes six minutes by taxi van. Guides can pick you up at our dock for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sightseeing. There are bicycles, golf carts, and taxis available for transportation. The taxi fare from the villa to town is $7.50 US dollars per van, which seats up to ten people.
The pale pink villa consists of 4,128 sq. ft. including 60 ft. verandas on both levels, facing the sea. Located on the upper level are two large bedrooms, the living room, bar, bath, large kitchen, and two dining areas, as well as a third dining area on the veranda. The beach level includes three bedrooms, large open area, bath with tub and shower, and a 60 ft. veranda on the waterfront. For smaller accomodations, click here for our Pelican's Nest Guest House.
The pool is the largest private pool in Belize, measuring 38 feet long and 18 feet wide, plus an 8 1/2 foot wide circular alcove, which holds the 300 year old bronze horse fountain from Versailles, France.
The master bedroom, the Casa Tortuga Room, on the upper level has a king size bed. The closet doors are mirrored and the room is furnished in antique dark green Captain's furniture handpainted with clipper ships. This bedroom has two sets of french doors which open onto the veranda overlooking the Caribbean.
The second upper level bedroom is the Jungle Room which has an eight foot high king sized canopy bed. At one end of the room is a mantlepiece, under a large carved mirror and an antique Queen Anne carved sofa upholstered in cream silk damask. This room also has a game table with a roulette wheel underneath, and a sea view.
The living room has a white sectional sofa and a marble coffee table. It has two sets of French double doors opening onto the veranda. The antique walnut bar seats three at the front, and has a back bar with curved glass cabinets and shelving, while the ceiling of the bar holds the crystal stemware and lighting.
The Dining table is oval glass with a brass base and Parsons high back chairs with covered legs. A large leafy chandelier with white shades on the candlelight bulbs light the dining area. Blue and lavender hydrangeas in an Imari container serve as a centerpiece.
The kitchen is equipped with all G.E. appliances including a microwave. All of the cabinets, doors and ceilings are mahogany. The stove hood and kitchen counters are tile. The floors throughout the entire villa are tile also. The kitchen has a table and seating for four. An 8 ft. tall antique walnut china cabinet contains the glassware and china service.
The upstairs bath is large with a tub and shower. The tile vanity has solid brass faucets, a large mirror and good lighting. There is also a ceiling fan, as in all of the rooms.
The upper level veranda is 60 ft. long, with Pawley Island double hammocks at each end. There is a comfortable wicker lounge, chair and ottoman with plush oversized white cushions at one end of the veranda, and the other end
has a round wicker table with four high back wicker chairs with cushions
The beach level has three additional bedrooms. The Maya Room opens directly onto the veranda and beach. The view of the turquoise Caribbean from the half-canopied bed is wonderful. This room is accented with Mayan artifacts and paintings of jaguars. There are more jaguars in Belize than in any other country in the world. They inhabit the rainforest on the mainland of Belize.
The second beach level bedroom is the Palm Room. This room has a queen canopy bed and wicker furniture. It is surrounded by coconut palms outside with a western view of the sunsets and a partial sea view. The artwork reflects Belizean architecture, landscapes, and Caribbean scenes by renowned local artists. Since the sea view in the Palm room is indirect, there is a color TV built in as in the upstairs living room.
The third beach level bedroom is the Seabreeze Room, which opens onto the pool and beach beyond; The view of the Caribbean is lovely from this room. The headboard of the queen bed consists of a pair of antique carved wooden doors from the eleventh century. The two Louis XVI chairs are covered in a zebra print. The draperies for the eight foot high french doors are deep rose damask with tassel fringe. The Seabreeze bathroom has a dressing room with the vanity in a chest and marble top. It is tan with cream wainscoating. The shower has tan and cream bas relief tiles from Portugal.
The pool veranda has highback wicker chairs and an eight foot long mahogany bench carved with monkeys and tropical fruit trees.
The bath on the beach level has a tub and shower. There is also an outdoor shower, which is convenient for those returning from water sports.
A barrel of fresh water is supplied for your snorkel and scuba gear.
There is a plentiful supply of games in the bar, a regulation dart board with sets of darts, and a set of horse shoes set up under the palms as well. The villa is also equipped with color Cable TV, a VCR, tape player, a DVD player, and CD player. To make long distance calls from the telephone at Casa Tortuga Villa, you will need a calling card number from your long distance carrier, or you may call collect.
Activities in the area include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, sea kayaking, jet skiing, and daily snorkel excursions to the nearby island of Caye Caulker on a skiff or catamaran. There are boat trips to the ancient Mayan ruins of Altun Ha on the mainland, nature trips to Bird Island and daily round trip flights to the largest Central American Mayan ruin in Tikal, Guatemala.
San Pedro is a quiet village with friendly English speaking inhabitants. Island law dictates that no buildings be taller than a palm tree, so fortunately, three stories is the maximum limit on the island The restaurants in San Pedro serve great food at average prices, although we believe that our staff at Casa Tortuga cook the most delicious food on the island! The lobster in Belize is also excellent. The Belizeans on the island are happy, content people, and the atmosphere is delightful.
Our staff live on the property, and take excellent care of our guests. Daily maid service is included in the rent. For groups of 5-10 guests, our cook Maria and her assistant prepares up to three meals daily for $65 per day plus groceries. She will have regular or virgin piña coladas and appetizers for your arrival at the villa.
For your Arrival Dinner, she usually makes a typical gourmet Belizean meal of BBQ red snapper, green salad, fried plantains, a vegetable, beans and rice cooked in coconut milk, and dessert. For the first breakfast she serves coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, beans, homemade fry jacks, sweet bread, toast and cereal if desired.
You may choose to bring gourmet coffee with you. There is a $400 deposit for the initial groceries for the first few meals. After your arrival, you can plan the other meals with the cook, and give her grocery money as needed. She keeps grocery receipts and returns any unused money to you.
All travelers must have a valid passport to enter Belize, including children. The passport must be valid for six months after your return date, also.
Casa Tortuga Villa includes the living room, two verandas, dining room, kitchen, bar, bath, and five magnificently furnished bedrooms, including 2 king canopy beds, one queen canopy bed, and two queen half canopy beds.
The Pelican's Nest Guest House at Casa Tortuga has a king bed in the bedroom, a jacuzzi tub in the bath, a kitchen, dining area, queen sleeper sofa in the living room, and two balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
All rates in US DollarsSpecial for November
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5 BEDROOM VILLA
THE PELICAN'S NEST
Rates include daily maid service.
The staff at Casa Tortuga cooks up to three meals per day for your group for $60 per day plus groceries.
Rates are subject to a 9% government room tax and a 10% service charge for W.A.S.A. and B.E.L. services.
Photos above and to the right are clickable for larger versions.
Rental Payment Schedule
A payment of half of the rental fees is due within 7 days after the
reservation is made. The final half of the rental fees is due 60 days
ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS
If a cancellation is made 75 days before arrival, all except 10% will be refunded. If a cancellation is made less than 75 days before arrival date, all except 10% will be refunded, if the villa can be rebooked. For medical emergencies, clients can reschedule for a 10% fee.
Guides can pick you up at our pier for snorkeling to the reef. The morning trips usually begin at 9AM and return around 11:30 AM. The afternoon trips are from about 2 until 4:30 PM. The trip makes two snorkel stops and costs about $25 per person. Carlos is an excellent guide, since he helps beginners get acquainted with their gear, as well as others who may have not snorkeled recently. Carlos points out exotic fish hiding among the rocks and coral, that may otherwise go unnoticed. Roberto Bradley is another excellent snorkel guide. Although snorkel fins, mask and snorkel may be rented, it is
better to bring these items with you, since the rental fee is $8 per day.
We have a staff of good scuba guides. They charge $40 for 1 dive,
or $50 for 2 dives. You can rent all of your scuba gear at dive shops nearby. There is a dive boat that makes a day trip with three scuba stops, including
the Blue Hole, Turneffe Island and the red footed Booby Bird
Sanctuary. This dive trip picks up our guests at our pier
about 6:30 AM, serves continental breakfast on board, a
well as lunch and returns about 4:30 PM. For scuba divers
the trip costs $200 and for snorkelers $100. It is a new boat
and a great trip.
Fishing trips cost $175 for half day or $225 for a full day. It is good to go early during your visit, so that you can enjoy all of the snapper, grouper, etc. that you have caught. Our cook has many delicious recipes for the fish.
Caye Caulker is seven miles away and is noted for its' lobster fishing. There are good photo opportunities there, since it is more primitive than San Pedro, with authentic Caribbean style houses. Many of the houses are brightly painted, with yellow walls, blue shutters, red roofs, etc. The flowers are also abundant, and there are lobster traps stacked high around the island. Carlos is a good guide to Caye Caulker. He makes a snorkel stop at Coral Gardens on the way over, and at Shark Ray Alley on the way home. (The sharks in Belize are nurse sharks, and are completely harmless). Carlos usually finds dolphins on the bay side of Caye Caulker for viewing also. This trip costs about $45 per person, plus lunch.
This island is only a few miles from our caye, and has a large variety of birds nesting there. March is a time when there are many babies in the nests. There are white cranes, pink spoonbills, blue herons, as well as other exotic birds.
ALTUN HA MAYAN RUIN
Carlos is a good guide to ALTUN HA, since he is well versed on the history of the Mayans, as well as the Altun Ha site. On this excursion, he usually picks up our guests at our pier at 8AM, goes across the bay behind our caye, and then proceeds up a river bordered by jungle. The trees have many varieties of bromiliads as well as orchids. The orchids are abundant in April, May and June. Birdwatching is also a major attraction on this trip. When you arrive at La Bomba, there are three small grass casitas with carvings from Belize's zirocote tree. Here you board a yellow school bus for the 20 minute ride through occasional villages to the Altun Ha site. After the tour of the ruin, you continue by bus to the Maruba Resort for lunch and a swim at their beautiful pool, surrounded by rocks, ferns and a waterfall. After Maruba, you return to the boat, and back to Casa Tortuga about 4:30 PM. This trip costs about $75 per person plus lunch, and is highly recommended.
Tikal is the largest Mayan ruin in Central America.
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We can also arrange excellent airfares - to Belize for you and-your group through our Belize travel wholesalers. We certainly hope Casa Tortuga Villa meets all of your accommodation requirements and highest expectations for a wonderful vacation!
For more information contact:
P.O. Box 4044
Aspen Colorado 81612