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“David and his crew are the best!” 5 of 5 stars
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100 mts S of Gilded Iguana, Nosara, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Annapolis, Maryland
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“David and his crew are the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is the second time I've gone down and stayed at Villa Tortuga. David, Alex, Adrianna and the entire team are wonderful. The accomodations are clean, comfortable, spacious. Very convenient to the beach. If you want to experience all that Nosara has to offer the people at Villa Tortuga will gladly make arrangements with excellent and reputable operators. Aside from surfing (they have all the gear and surf instruction you need), we went zip lining, ATV touring and horseback riding. Each and every one of our adventures were wonderful and exciting.

One night, Alex arranged for our group (3 families, 12 people in all) to have dinner prepared for us at our suite. This traditional Costa Rican meal was exceptional. -- this is just another example of Villa Tortuga making sure their guests are taken care of.

I would highly recommend Villa Tortuga and look forward to a return trip!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monkey-ish, Manager at Villa Tortuga, responded to this review, February 26, 2015
See you soon Jeff. Thanks again for the review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed at Villa Tortuga for a week and it was terrific. David (the owner) and his staff were great - very friendly and helpful. The place itself was perfect for us. The beach is practically in the backyard and it's in close proximity to just about everything else (restaurants, grocery, adventure tours, yoga, etc.). The room we stayed in was very comfortable, complete with a kitchen so that we could have some of our meals in. We had one really nice dinner by the pool, which we made on the BBQ. We could rent movies, borrow books, rent surf boards… it really had everything. We would definitely stay there again, and again...

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thanks for staying with us and I hope to see you again next year.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Last December I stayed at Villa Tortuga with my family and friends for my wedding. First of all I want to say that the Villa is absolutely beautiful, specially the Treehouse, which is where I stayed. The Villa is walking distance from the beach, which makes it very convenient, especially when sunset time comes because you HAVE to be at the beach at that moment, life literally stops in Nosara to enjoy this magical time of the day. Now to Dave, Dave, Dave…I don’t even know how to begin to describe how helpful this man was the whole trip, actually even before I arrived to Costa Rica. From suggesting bands for the wedding, to transportation around Nosara, to finding a chef for our pig roast, I truly believe I couldn’t have pulled off my wedding without his help and input. Any question, thought or comment I had was answered right away and if he didn’t have an answer he found the person who did. We were calling him the Mayor of Nosara by the end of the trip. Since we rented most of the Villa, he was kind enough to let me have a big party by the pool the day before the wedding and he went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect. And everything was perfect! He always had a smile on his face and was happy to help with anything, he even gave surfing lessons to my sister and her family!…Thank you Villa Tortuga and specially to Dave, because you are now a friend to us and we can’t wait to come back and stay there again!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seward, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We had a great stay at Villas Tortugas (we stayed in Casa Tortuga - first floor unit). It is as close to the beach as you can get. There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance. The house is well-equiped, though, so you could self-cater easily. We traveled with 2 adults and 2 children, ages 6 and 4, and it was perfect for us. The pool is great, the beach is close, you can rent bikes, surfboards, videos, get spa treatments all within the complex (Frog Pad). Very convenient and central. The surf and yoga options are awesome! Also, do some research to see if it's turtle hatching season - it was a highlight! We also saw monkeys just outside of the house most days. The staff is helpful and friendly. You can't go wrong with Villas Tortugas - we'll hopefully return someday!

Room Tip: First floor is very convenient, but remember this is a jungle. You will get some (harmless) insects...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The surf is less crowded on the North End of Giones, and there's a lot of restaurants and a mini-super within easy walking distance. Very chill place to hang out in peace and quiet. A two minute walk up the road to check the surf, or a 30 second bike ride, probably the easiest access to the beach in all of Playa Giones. Great pool area that has a new large loft for yoga or parties. Dave is always around to help with activities and special requests, and if you just want to chill out in the a/c after a few hours in the water and watch a movie, the Frog Pad has just about every movie ever made (US and foreign films) available for rent. Overall a very chill place to base out of if you want to surf and relax.

Room Tip: There's not a lot of units which makes Villa Tortuga such nice place to be and they fill up fast...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed at Villa Tortuga for 4 weeks in their busiest season. Nevertheless, Dave and the staff always had time to answer our questions and help out with excursions. There was always someone available to help at the Frog pad, where they also had the biggest DVD collection for rent I have ever seen. Very cheap to rent and lots of movies for the kids (and adults too of course), which was good since we stayed indoors for the hottest hours of the day and needed to entertain the small ones. The two kids, 3 and 5, had the best time. The staff was so friendly to them and the kids loved playing in the beautiful pool. There was a spa on the property too, Spacio, which had many different treatments. We both tried the massage and it was great.

The location is great, 5 minutes or less to the beach and 5 min or less from 4 great restaurants and a well stocked minimarket. It was close to everything without being too busy, the atmosphere was very laid back. The more busy part of Guiones with the boutiques, bakery, car rentals, yoga places and so on are located a 10 min walk of more from Villa Tortuga so you are a bit further away from where the most action is. However, we thought this part of Guiones was nicer and it is still possible to walk to Guiones center or if you rent a bike (which you can do at the Frog pad) it is real quick to get to the other part.

We had such a great and relaxing time. The houses are beautiful, the garden too. We stayed at the two bedroom suite Del Mar and it was nice and tidy and had all the amenities. The daily maid service was a big plus. We looked around but couldn't think of a better place to stay at Playa Guiones, if we get to go back we will definitely stay at Villa Tortuga. It felt like home away from home which is a great feeling.

Room Tip: We stayed at the two-bed room apartment Del Mar on the ground floor. It was the best place for us, n...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fernie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We looked at a lot of places online as location was important to us as we were traveling with our infant child. Villa Tortuga is clean, quiet, around the corner from great restaurants and a bar. It is as close as you can get to staying on the beach, just a minute up the road ( the beach is protected, nothing is located 'on' the beach). Dave and his staff will take care of you and Mark is a great surf instructor!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 mts S of Gilded Iguana, Nosara, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here at Villa Tortuga we've attempted to create a vacation destination that feels just like home. We've taken all of the things that we've enjoyed from our own vacation experiences and combined them to form our dream vacation spot. Nestled near the sleepy town of Nosara, Playa Guiones is an ideal getaway for everyone. A three minute walk through the National Parklands gets you to a beautiful white sand beach with great surf and warm water. Our guests enjoy a relaxing environment where they can forget about the stress of daily life. Whether strolling along the sandy beaches, surfing, horseback riding through the jungle, or just lounging by the pool, we are immersed in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. ... more   less 

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