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Relaxed Comfort A tropical paradise in the Caribbean. A retreat designed for two families to vacation together.
This home was built in 1965 and designed for the tropics. Wide roof overhangs provide shade and block the sun from shining into the house. Screens with wooden bars allow the ocean breezes to pass through the house, naturally keeping it comfortable. There is not air conditioning in the house. The previous owner planted or kept as many trees as possible. Today there are 33 palm trees, plus others, which keep the grounds and house shaded.
We call this home, El Nido, the Nest. It is comfortable and relaxed. You will have three people to serve you, a cook, a daily maid and a watchman will be there ready to help you.
We have a representative in El Frances, he lives about a mile away and is there to meet you when you check in and to help resolve any problems you might have during your stay.
Wi-fi hi speed internet is available.
Food is not provided. You are to supply the food that the cook will prepare.
Two of the bathrooms in El Nido are accessed through a bedroom so we have two master bedrooms with their own master bath suite. The third bathroom is off the main hall. No bathtubs are in the house. The walk in showers are spacious. At this time, hot water is not available. The fourth bathroom is for the maid, cook and watchman.
A washing machine is in the house. Clothes, linens and towels are hung on a line to dry.
English in Tolu
Some vendors speak enough English to greet you and tell you the price. I speak Spanish and my wife is from Bogota so I don't know how common and prevalent knowledge of English is. My wife and I can help you long distance by phone or internet.
El Nido, the Nest - our home
75' to the ocean
Two master bedrooms, 12' x 10' each with their own bathroom, One queen bed, ocean view
Two guest rooms, 12 x 10', bunk beds and twin beds, one has ocean view,
Living and dining room 13' x 18'
Covered porch 10x18, not screened
Kitchen 9' x 10' A working kitchen, the cook is separated from family activities.
100' of beach front
Outdoor shower to remove sand
Carport for one car plus 4 additional parking spaces
Come to relax.
Come to bond with your family and extended family
Come with three other couples.
Come during Holidays, school vacations or come during the off season
Come for 3 days, a week, or a month.
Retired, independent, come to relax. Enjoy the sun, beach, ocean and nature.
One level home, two master bedrooms each with private bathroom suite.
During peak season, the change day is Saturday.
Departure, Check out time: 10:00am Arrival, Check In time: 4:00pm
We need 6 hours to clean and prepare for the arriving guests.
During off peak times, we are more flexible about arrival and departure times and can accommodate your schedule.
Just watched The Bucket List. This is a place you have to see. The town is small enough to get to know yet big enough that you won't feel stranded. The main square has a huge tree that has sloths living in it. It is a real town, the tourist is welcome but the focus isn't on the tourist, the experience is authentic.
We expect people to stay for at least one week and encourage longer stays. If you want to stay fewer days, you will get a discount, but it isn't much.
El Frances, Tolu, Sucre, Colombia
Golfo de Morrosquillo, Southern Caribbean Northern coast of Colombia
Dry Tropics, "Hurricane Free". Since 1535, when Tolu was founded, hurricanes have never hit the northern coast of Colombia
Year round comfort, temperature is usually between 80 and 83 degrees but will fluctuate between 74 and 90. Water temperature stays between 75 and 83 degrees. Annual rainfall is between 36" and 48". We might get up to 5"/month but from December - March we get less than 2"/month. When it does rain, it is usually just an afternoon cloud burst, refreshing and cool. Tranquil waters, more like a lake. In the morning, the ocean is smooth as glass, then winds pick up in the afternoon to create gentle waves on the 125km (80miles) of beach.
The beaches (Las Playas) del Frances are located about 5 miles north of Tolu. The road Carretera el Frances - Guacamaya is a private, dead end, dirt road leading to 160 of the most exclusive and secluded homes in Colombia. It is a tropical paradise of relaxed comfort. Tolu is a small town of 30000 people and is off the "gringo" trail. Once you are in town you can find everything you need and can walk everywhere or take a bicycle taxi (bicitaxi). El Frances is not sterile, it is a vibrant community of people who live and work there. The tourist is a welcome addition and the friendly and helpful people know the future of the region is tourism.
While most tourists come from Medellin, I see more adventurous travelers discovering the sun, beaches and nature of the Golfo de Morrosquillo. Ecotourism is developing. Day trips to the Archipelago de San Bernardo for diving, a trip to the Vulcan de Lodo, part hot spring, part therapeutic mineral waters, part mud bath in the cauldron of a volcano. Cavernas de Tolu Viejo and Parque Roque Madre for caving and rapelling. Tours of the Cienaga de la Caimanera or Manglares de Guacamaya, a three hour tour of the manglares (mangrove) where you might see alligators and 60 species of birds and other wildlife (bring binoculars). Or rent a Jet Ski, they will bring it to you. Go to the marina and arrange for a day of water skiing, or ask for the gusano, a cylindrical worm that you and 5 others try to stay on as it is towed behind a boat. The people still go out in canoas to fish and will take you out with them. If you ask for it, someone will help arrange for it to be done. Vendedores ambulantes or salespeople will walk along the beach offering locally made artisan goods, baubles and trinkets, massages, pedicures & manicures. I've walked 3 miles in one direction and could go further.
Cartagena is the international airport and is about 3-1/2 hours away. Taxis would cost about $150. Monteria is the closest major airport for domestic flights and is about 2 hours away with taxi service about $90. Bus service is available from both cities and once you get into Tolu you can find a local taxi in front of the Exito, a grocery store. Rental cars are available in both airports. Our home has a covered carport for one car and 4 more spaces on the grounds. I'd encourage you to use taxis. Roads are poorly marked and the dirt roads are often in better shape than the paved roads. Aggressive driving is the rule in Colombia; if you are not tailgating, you will be passed. Taxi drivers have a wealth of information, use them.
Camino Verde and Costa Linda are the two hotels in El Frances. Both have restaurants and bars. La comida tipico, the typical food of Colombia and the coast is fabulous, enjoy it. The web site for Camino Verde has the best directions, we are before the covered and wooden bridge.
New owner, new listing, available beginning Summer 2014, we still have some work to do. The home is not pristine but it is fabulous. As work is completed, prices will be increased but we will honor all rental prices, regardless of improvements made, between the reservation and rental period. We hope you enjoy it and come back. We hope this becomes your family tradition. We hope you recommend this to your friends, family and co-workers. We want your stay to feel like Saturday, every day. You're going to like it here.
The Golfo de Morrosquillo is warm and the waters are calm. It is like a lake. You won't be surfing here. The ocean floor is sandy and you can walk out 150'. You can float without waves crashing over your head. The water is warm. I haven't heard of rip tides, it's just gentle and calm. Come and discover paradise.
In 1986 I graduated from university, Grove City College. For 24 of the last 28 years I have had my own business. If I got new customers every year, I wouldn't be in business. I want you to come back. The pictures and description are the most accurate I can make them. I would rather you be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. I want your repeat business and referrals to friends and business associates.
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