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The Amazing and Unique Shell Castle in quiet, scen

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A wall of shells in the main bathroom
Looking out the front window
Outside on the second level, a great view of the surrounding area

Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Holiday Rental House
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...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 ones spirit. There are two separate bedrooms 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 TVS 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 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. Rates as low as $450 per week for 2 people with a $40 cleaning fee and even lower monthly rates available. 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 $10 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 averages $500 a month. 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.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 Queen1 Double1 Sofa1 Single
Bathrooms
2 Full baths

Meet the host
Wayne W
Hosting since June 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (13)
Judy D
Judy D
Chandler, AZ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely, artistic vacation home!
We welcomed the new year at the Shell Castle in San Carlos. It is a lovely property, very spacious and serene. Hilda, the caretaker, was wonderful making sure we had everything we needed. She also recommended a taxi driver for us which made our stay even better. We very much enjoyed our stay!
Visited January 2024
Written January 22, 2024. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Wayne W
Wayne W
Judy and her guests were very nice folks and were very respectful of the property. Thank you for staying at the Shell Castle.
Written February 7, 2024. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Victor Serna
Victor Serna
Tucson, AZ5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Shell Castle
Over priced for what you are getting and a little inconvenient to drive onto dirt road, specially at night (poor lighting). Rustic and an old feel. Inside was clean ,although my bed sheet felt a little grainy. Outside was bare and poorly maintained (top tarece). Property manager (Hilda ) was very nice and gave us excellent suggestion as to where to eat around town. An impresive shell collection.
Visited May 2019
Written May 6, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kya Nadine T
Kya Nadine T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
10 Desert Dwellers Travel to Ocean
Shell Castle was our home base in San Carlos. Great location. Very welcoming, beautiful artistry. We had a great time.
Visited June 2018
Written June 27, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Heather S
Heather S
Hastings, United Kingdom66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
fantastic
this was such a mazing place must go to believe it food fantastic shell musem took us a while to find but was gobsmacked to see all the shells millons millons the whoe pace was fill of shells very steep steps to walk round beach was fab go visit this place you will see what i mean margate town was nice to put prefore ramsgate more so another nice pace went on the train nice day out.
Visited August 2015
Written May 24, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

kyle r
kyle r
Queen Creek, AZ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great Place to Stay
The home was clean and secure. We were, I believe only a mile or so to the docks for SCUBA diving. The caretaker set up areas for us to rinse off our equipment. It was a very enjoyable stay.
Visited April 2016 Travelled with friends
Written May 7, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Warchild520
Warchild520
Tucson, AZ7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Birthday getaway to remember
The shell castle is by far the best deal in san carlos. I stayed with my girlfriend for three nights at $89 a night!!! this is a big beautiful home with all the bells and whistles. who cares that its not on the beach when you have MITCH who lives on property and helps keep this shell castle beautiful. Mitch knows everything and everyplace to go while youre in San Carlos.
Visited August 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written August 25, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alma M
Alma M
Huntington Beach, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything you'd want in a vacation home & more.
My family & I stayed for the weekend & didn't want to leave. This Shell Castle is equipped with everything a person would need & things you may not have thought of or forgotten. The care taker Mitch is a great guy & very helpful. The decor was extremely unique & the house was very clean. Overall we were very comfortable & will definitely come back again.
Visited April 2014 Travelled with family
Written April 21, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

CESAR ALARCON -:- GREEN VALLEY AZ
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spacious and Confortable with all you need for your stay
Next time I go to SaN Carlos, I will stay at this Unfortegable place!!!
Visited July 2012
Written July 14, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ricardo -:- Albuquerque
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very unique experience!
There is nothing quite like the Shellcastle as the photos show. It's in a quiet location yet is near most everything in quaint and semi-sleeping but relaxing San Carlos.
Visited October 2008
Written June 20, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks for taking time to give a review of your stay at the Shell Castle.
Written June 20, 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Margie and Jerry Carpinelli -:- Palmetto Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible
This is such a unique place it can't be missed. Location to various restaurants and shopping. The place it self is so beautiful and comfortable. We would highly recommend spending time there again. You will never see anything like this shell castle again. Everyone was friendly and the owners are very easy to work with, they will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
Visited November 2012
Written June 12, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks for taking time to give a review of your stay at the Shell Castle.
Written June 12, 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Ocean views
  • Waterfront views
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Indoor amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Location info
  • Kid friendly

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Map
Getting there
Gen Pesqueira Garcia Airport
124.9 km

Gen Jose M Yanez Airport
10.4 km
Restaurants
Tortuga's Bar y Bistro
3.2 km

Sunset Bar and Grill
7.6 km

Blackie's Reataurant
1.8 km

Delfines
2.2 km
Attractions
Mirador Escénico de San Carlos
6.6 kmLookouts

Nacapule Canyon
3.8 kmCanyons

Cañón La Poza Manantial
5 kmHiking Trails

Cerro Tetakawi
1.7 kmMountains
About the neighbourhood
The Shell Castle is located north of central San Carlos in an area called the Ranchitos. The beaches are just a half a mile away. The golf course is also very close with very low rates including cart. All the restaurants and shopping are very close. Hilda, the onsite manager is very knowledgeable about the area. There is lots of parking onsite. There are many fruit trees as well as lots of other beautiful foliage. Around the corner is the San Carlos Gym which has lots of exercise equipment and a large outdoor pool. Rates are very low and are available daily and weekly.
Access
Car advised

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Amazing and Unique Shell Castle in quiet, scen

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