$137 / night
Total guests, Nights

The Amazing and Unique Shell Castle in quiet, scen – Home 2525346 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

The Amazing and Unique Shell Castle in quiet, scen – Home 2525346

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 10
  • 1 night min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 0.8 mi
  • Child Friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • 2 Cribs

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Full bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds Twin bed
  • 2 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

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100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Gordon W.
Average reply time:
19 minutes
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Calendar last updated:
23 Sep 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





12 reviews

Very Good

“Shell Castle”

Reviewed 6 May 2019

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 litt… More

“10 Desert Dwellers Travel to Ocean”

Reviewed 27 Jun 2018

Shell Castle was our home base in San Carlos. Great location. Very welcoming, beautiful artistry. We had a great time.


Reviewed 24 May 2017

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 ste… More

“Great Place to Stay”

Reviewed 7 May 2016

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.

“Birthday getaway to remember”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2014

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 … More

“Everything you'd want in a vacation home & more.”

Reviewed 21 Apr 2014

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 c… More

“Spacious and Confortable with all you need for your stay”

Reviewed 14 Jul 2013

Next time I go to SaN Carlos, I will stay at this Unfortegable place!!!

“A very unique experience!”

Reviewed 20 Jun 2013

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.

Response from the owner Thanks for taking time to give a review of your stay at the Shell Castle.


Reviewed 12 Jun 2013

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 agai… More

Response from the owner Thanks for taking time to give a review of your stay at the Shell Castle.

“Wonderful town, beautiful beach and a truly unique and fantastic”

Reviewed 12 Jun 2013

My wife and I spent 3 days at Shell Castle in September of 2012. The home is a very unique and large home. Can easily accommodate 5-6 family members with truly unique and fantastic architecture. It wa… More

Response from the owner Thanks for taking time to review your stay at the Shell Castle. It is much appreciated.

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