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

Bedrooms 3
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.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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 6 reviews

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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What a very special place.

  • 5 of 5

This home away from home was truly wonderful. All though a hurricane from weeks prior to our stay had damaged the palm roofing in places the house was a joy to explore. San Carlos is a beautiful place. We hiked a nearby canyon one day, swimming at the beach the next day. We watched the sailboarders having fun and met some good people along the way. Very nice! Would go back in a second!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen and her guests were wonderful people to have stay at the Shell Castle. I am glad that they enjoyed their stay. Have a great holiday season.
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  • 5 of 5

Hi, we fell in love with our home. It so beautiful, hope that in the future if we have another family trip. We are for sure to rent your home. The storm did got to us. A little water in the home was the problem but we didnt mind it. Other than that everything was great.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • 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:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.53
Refundable Damage Deposit £75.05
Pet Fee £37.53

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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