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The Amazing And Unique Shell Castle In Quiet, Scenic San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Sleeps 12

Vacation in beautiful San Carlos, Mexico.

Stay at the amazing San Carlos Shell Castle. The Castle has over 3000 square feet of living space under roof to enjoy a tranquil and inspiring life style while enjoying all the comforts of American comfort and convenience.

The Shell Castle is made entirely of volcanic rock and stone gathered from the mountains surrounding San Carlos. It is located a half mile from the beautiful sandy beaches around San Carlos Bay. The fishing is some of the best in the world. Snorkeling & scuba diving is very popular. The Shell Castle sits on a half acre of stone wall enclosed secure property. It is located in Ranchitos on Avenue H. The grounds have many native trees and plants. It can serve as a retreat for those looking to experience serenity and rejuvenate one's spirit.

There are two separate bedrooms and a private wine cellar that sleeps 2 with three baths and room to sleep up to 12 people. This would be a great location for multiple couples to stay.

It has Directv with two TV'S with DVR recorders and all premium channels along with Tucson local network stations. The Premium MLB Baseball package in now available on Directv. In the fall the NFL package is available. There is an out building with washer and dryer. Security is provided by CYBERCO so there are no worries about your safety. The local police make sure that tourists have a safe and enjoyable stay. The restaurants are first class and the Sonoran beef is second to none.

There is a large fountain in the middle of the Shell Castle and a 22 foot high ceiling. There is an amazing winding stair case leading to an upper patio area with gorgeous views of San Carlos Bay on the Sea of Cortez and the famous Tetakawi Mountain off in the distance.

Everything is provided for your stay and there is an onsite property manager who is available to help out in any way needed. He is completely knowledgeable about where to go and what to do in the San Carlos area.

The golf course is located just a ¼ mile from the Shell Castle. There is a special golf package available for 2 weeks of unlimited play including cart for just $200. If you want to work on your game than there is no better deal anywhere. The head pro offers lessons at prices unheard of in America.

San Carlos is enjoyed by many Americans and Canadians who have discovered this jewel by the sea. The trip from Tucson to San Carlos is an easy and very safe 5 hour drive on Mexico Highway 15.

Dogs may stay for an additional fee.

Because of the high increase in electricity rates in Mexico I am having to raise the rates to stay by a day in an effort to offset the costs and yet still have competitive rates. Because the Shell Castle is so large to cool and heat the electric bill. There are 4 large mini-split AC units and several space heaters to keep it cozy in the cooler winter nights. I hope you understand the situation. I am still confident the Shell Castle is the best value in all of San Carlos because of it size and uniqueness.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas in Municipality of Guaymas

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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The Amazing And Unique Shell Castle In Quiet, Scenic San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Not perfect but had a great time

  • 5 of 5


Hilda personally met us and showed us around. The owner checked in with us during our stay. Plenty of drinking water and ice was provided to us which we were not expecting. This property is beautifully unique and I would recommend it for at least one stay. The fountain in the middle of the home was my personal favorite.


Bedroom 2 was warm. In Bedroom 1 the A/C would turn on and off making it a little too hot sometimes. There are no complete walls which would give sound privacy for the bathrooms or bedrooms.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house, very beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

The house was really beautiful, the owner is so helpful in every way, made us feel at home before we arrived. The only thing was that it was hard to get a hold of the house keeper for suggestions and help finding things within the home or getting information on where tp find things to work the lighting or air conditioning in the home. the pictures can not begin to describe the beauty and uniqueness of this home, i loved every minute of being in this home. In fact i typically spend my vacations touring but this time i spent it mailny in home.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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House was beautiful...

  • 5 of 5

Nice place to stay..

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have Marisela and her family stay at the Shell Castle. Thanks.
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Awesome house

  • 5 of 5

We truly loved staying at your awesome house boys didn't want to leave we can't wait to stay there again

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and cool

  • 3 of 5

Shell castle was nice and cool except for one of the rooms. Stores are close at your convenience. Except for the beach we had to drive like 10 min away from the shell castle. Other then that we enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique, beautiful, relaxing

  • 4 of 5

The Shell Castle is a very interesting property. Love the shell artwork throughout the house and grounds. Mitch is a wealth of information and very helpful with places to go and things to see.

The rooftop is the most amazing spot to sit, have coffee, watch the sun come up - or go down, and to enjoy the Mexican sun. There is one thing that could make the rooftop more enticing - a little upgrading of the table, the cushions on the chairs, as well as the addition of one or two more lounge chairs - one for a party of four is a bit of a stretch, when we all are sun-worshippers.

Iguanas was fantastic for burgers, Abelito's for sea food, and Tortuga's for pizza, wings, and particularly steak!

Overall a fantastic week spent in the shells and the sun.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas, North America

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Snow Bird
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £38.41
Refundable Damage Deposit £76.83
Cleaning Fee £38.41

Directions and local information will be sent once a booking is confirmed.

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.
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