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Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

A private, 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, custom built polynesian inspired beach home

Casa de las Tortugas (House of the Turtles) is a unique, polynesian inspired beach front home with spectacular views. It is located on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico's Emerald Coast. The color of the ocean can be a beautiful emerald green or the turquoise blue of the caribbean. The house is located in an area called Sunset Beach about 3.5 kilometers or 2 miles from the small fishing village of Sisal. We are very lucky to be able to watch spectacular sunsets as well as sunrises. Sisal was once a major port from which all the henequin fiber known as Sisal was exported to the world. It is now a quiet, safe and friendly village. Sisal has a variety of small stores where you can buy the basics as well as fresh seafood, local fruits, vegetables and tortillas. There are several restaurants all featuring seafood as well as typical Yucatecan dishes. Sisal is about an hour drive to Merida and the airport. Merida is a beautiful safe city overflowing with cultural activities and events. There are free concerts, dances and serenades every day of the week in different parks in the downtown Historical Center as well as a symphony orchestra, museums and art galleries. Within an hours drive from Merida you can visit Mayan ruins, cenotes, haciendas and other beach towns.

Casa de las Tortugas is located in a remote área rich in nature. You can walk for hours on the beaches, collecting many kinds of seashells, go in and out of the calm ocean water and most of the time see no other people. You may see hundreds of butterflies, a wide variety of colorful birds, as well as white and gray pelicans flying by. Casa de las Tortugas faces a Reserve and depending on the time of year and weather, one can see hundreds of flamingoes flying in and out of the Reserve which is an amazing sight and wonderful photographic opportunity.

Casa de las Tortugas has Direct TV that streams from New York and free WI-FI. Maid service 2-3 days a week is included. Services include making the beds, supplying clean towels and sheets as needed, sweeping the floors and terraces and basic cleaning of the bathrooms. Additional days or services can be requested for an additional charge.

The main living area is located on the second floor allowing guests to enjoy beautiful views of the ocean. This spacious home has both indoor dining for eight people and outdoor dining for eight people on the beautiful screened patio adjacent to the swimming pool and spa. There is a half bath off the kitchen/dining area.

The kitchen is well equipped with all stainless steel appliances including a dish washer and large pantry. Bottled water is provided. The house has an open concept living area which includes the kitchen, dining room and living room all with sliding glass doors opening up to a screened in patio, large pool deck, infinity pool and heated jacuzzi. The view is spectacular!

This is a four bedroom, four and a half bathroom home with a fully equipped kitchen on the main living area as well as a small kitchen in the third bedroom/apartment and an efficiency kitchen in the fourth studio bedroom. The spacious master bedroom and second bedroom have king size beds and are located on the second level which is the main living area with beautiful ocean views. The third bedroom/apartment is on the first floor and has a partial ocean view with sliding glass doors leading out to a large stone patio and the beach path. The third bedroom includes a private bedroom with built in closet, cabinets, king size bed, bathroom, a small kitchen and living área with an additional double bed for lounging or guests. It has a small refrigerator, gas range and oven, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker. It is perfect for couples or family members that want more privacy. The fourth studio bedroom is also on the first floor and has two twins beds, closet with shelves, bathroom with shower, table and four chairs, and a small efficiency kitchen.

The beach in front of our house is effectively private with white sand and calm ocean waters. You can walk far into the ocean and the water will rarely be above your chest. It is perfect for swimming, kayaking (2 kayaks with life vests are available), and relaxing as you watch the clouds float by and pelicans fly overhead. After your swim in the ocean or walk on the beach, rinse off in the outside shower and step into the infinity pool or spa that looks straight out to the ocean. It is mesmerizing and the answer to a relaxing, special vacation.

The English-speaking property owners live full-time next door. They will welcome and orient you to Casa de las Tortugas, and be on-call to handle any unforeseen issues and provide advice for planning activities during your stay. If your vacation plans focus on just enjoying the property and ocean, airport pickup and grocery shopping can be arranged with the property owners.

Once you arrive at Casa de las Tortugas, you may not want to leave!!

Keywords: beachfront house, villa, private beach, luxury home

More Details

Karen Fisher
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Karen Fisher

Our family bought 2 ocean front lots here in 2007 and began building our beachhomes in 2009. We weren't building vacation homes. We built homes to live here year round. We moved here from Missouri. Our dream was to live on the ocean, so we took a leap of faith , sold everything and began our new life. We now can't imagine living anywhere else.

Karen Fisher purchased this house in 2011

Why Karen Fisher chose Sisal

We originally wanted to move to the caribbean side of the Yucatán Peninsula in Playa Del Carmen. We soon discovered that oceanfront homes or property in that area were hard to find and very expensive. Some friends of ours who live in Playa Del Carmen had purchased ocean front lots in Sunset Beach, just outside of Sisal. They hoped to build a home there some day. They loved the gulf side because it is very beautiful, peacefull, safe and affordable. We decided to take a look at the area. It reminded of us of the Destin, Florida area which we have always loved. We were drawn to the privacy and the nature that we found here, plus the friendly people and easy access to the beautiful city of Merida. We decided to buy 2 lots and 2 years later we started building our first house which we still live in year round. Two years later we started building the second house and that is the one we are now renting.

What makes this house unique

This house is all about the views, beach, ocean and personal service. There is always something interesting to see and watch. Pelicans, flamingos and beautiful birds flying by. The ocean is different everyday. You can watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It is a fun, beautiful and comfortable house to be in. The beach is private, quiet and you can walk for miles. It is always an adventure to see what seashells or beach treasures you will find. Our desire is that you have a wonderful time with no worries. We do everything we can do to make sure that happens and you want to return.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sisal in Hunucmá

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Do not leave air conditioners on when not in the house. Do not leave the jacuzzi on when not using.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Full bathroom in second bedroom with walk-in shower.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath for first-floor bedroom with walk-in shower.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Half-bath off the kitchen/living area
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath for 1st floor studio bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Master bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bathroom has a walk-in shower, 2 sinks and a patio
  • Master bathroom is large with double-sinks, custom cabinets, open walk in shower, and glass wall leading to a private garden patio. The glass door can be opened up to make you feel like you are showering outside. 2nd and 3rd bathrooms have single sinks, custom cabinets, and walk-in showers. 4th bathroom is a half-bath off the kitchen and dining area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sliding glass doors to the patio and pool with ocean view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Efficiency kitchen with table and four chairs.
    Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sliding glass doors leading to patio & pool with ocean views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , It is a small apartment with a kitchen and sitting area
  • Master bedroom has large custom closet/cabinets, dressing area, and two sliding glass doors leading to patio, pool, and steps to the beach. It has a ceiling fan and air conditioner. Wake up to a spectacular view! 2nd bedroom has large custom closet/cabinets, and sliding glass doors leading to patio, pool, and steps to the beach. Beautiful view. 3rd bedroom has a separate living area with an efficiency kitchen and a double-bed making it perfect for two adults and 1 or 2 other guests who don't mind sharing a bathroom that is accessed through the bedroom. You walk out onto a large patio and onto the sand and down to the ocean. 4th bedroom has two twin beds, bathroom with shower, table with four chairs, and an efficiency kitchen.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Owners live next door and are available for recommendations on activities, sight seeing, initial stocking of pantry, and arrangements for a cook if requested. Owner will provide directions to Costco, Sams Club, Wal Mart, etc. in Merida if renters arrive in time to pickup their supplies before driving to the house. Airport pickup if requested for additional minimal fee.


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Perfect for a quiet private getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is amazing, our Host Karen went above and beyond to accommodate every need. The private beach could have not been more picturesque. Casa Tortugas is truly a hidden paradise.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tonawanda, NY

Beyond any possible expectations!

  • 5 of 5

So very hard to put in words the experience Karen created for us. You just have to go and experience it for yourself. Truly the best. 25 years of renting lovely ocean homes, doesn't even come close to the experience. Save our "spot" Karen - Roy and I are returning 😍

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada


  • 5 of 5

Place is beautiful ,super nice house in front of the beach, calm and safe.

The owner didn't hesitate to help in anything we needed including booking an amazing tour for us!

I would strongly recommend this place and we loved it so much that we already booked to go back soon!

Loved it and well worth your money

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sun Prairie

This property deserves a "Best of VRBO" award

  • 5 of 5

Our family has used VRBO for about ten years and have always enjoyed our vacation experiences. However, Casa Tortuga is very, very special. Best vacation ever. The house is luxuriously beautiful and Raul makes certain it is always meticulous. Thanks Raul! The two apartments on the ground floor are super private and comfortable. The two upstairs bedrooms have instant access to the patio/swimming pool and hot tub, views of the landscaping and the gulf. The master bathroom opens to a secluded, breezy balcony filled with plants. I kept the door open to the balcony and showered while pink bougainvillea petals swirled around me. Can't say I've ever had that experience in Wisconsin!

If its not too hot, and in early March it wasn't too hot, even for us northerners, you can keep the AC off and let the beach breezes cool you. The pool and hot tub are cleaned almost every day - wow! Karen the owner (a ten star hostess - love you, Karen!) asked for my grocery list and we arrived to a house filled with everything we needed. You can trust that the kitchen is already stocked with oils, vinegars, spices, mustards, and a few surprises.

We wanted to see as much as possible without traveling too far. Karen introduced us to local tour leaders. We visited Merida on Sunday and toured the outdoor marketplace. We drove to the Uxmal ruins and climbed a Mayan pyramid. We took flat-bottomed canoes, powered only by our tour guides muscles, into a small cenote, then snorkled the stream back out to where the saltwater lagoon met the freshwater (better than a Disney ride). Karen arranged for Fausto and Lupita, a couple from Sisal, to come to our house and cook a meal for us. Even better - they did the dishes afterward. We had fun trying to chat with them despite not knowing each other's languages. Google Translate helped some. A highlight for my animal-loving daughter was a guided tour to Bird Island, just three miles from the house, again accessed on a flat-bottom canoe. Every visitor should go unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hard to believe something this special is still accessible to the public. Of course we spent the majority of our time walking, kayaking and treasure hunting on the beach. The hammock was well used too. If you're looking at this property, don't hesitate!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful... again...

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Casa de las Tortugas. We drove from Cancun to Sisal (recommend taking the 180D toll highway) without incident. Easy peasy.

Our boys still talk about "Karen's House" with excitement. She is a wonderful and considerate host. We had no concerns whatsoever. The beds are amazing. It is exceptionally well-maintained, and she is always taking steps to improve the property. This time, we were pleased to find an additional fridge on the lower level and a gas BBQ. We could stock up at Costco in Merida and grill to our hearts' content. We spent hours each day on the beach. Very quiet, very few people, which we really liked. In the mornings we enjoyed checking out critters visible with the tide out: different crabs, fish, and even an octopus! We loved kayaking in the Gulf. One morning we spotted a pod of dolphins near where we were kayaking the day before. Our 11 year old was so excited. Who am I kidding? We were ALL excited.

This property has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing, quiet family holiday. No sooner did we land than we began planning to return again later this year. Thank you, Karen!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sunny Sisal

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, host, experience.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Merida (MID) International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Muelle de Sisal: La Palapa
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Muelle de Sisal: La Palapa
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: necessary

Mayan sites at Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Dzibilchaltun are within driving distant from Sisal. Merida, capital of the state of Yucatan, offers museums, restaurants, shopping, festivals, and house and garden tours.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £390.65

Monthly rates available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.