Your adventure starts at your hotel in San José where you will be picked up to travel by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park. This area is often compared to the Amazon region, because of its stunning nature, winding rivers and vibrant wildlife. In Tortuguero, there’s a great chance you’ll spot at least various bird species, monkeys and caimans! The name Tortuguero actually means ‘turtle hunter’ and refers to historic times, when it was still legal to hunt turtles.
Nowadays this is prohibited and the beach of Tortuguero National Park is a protected area and the main nesting spot for sea turtles such as the green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead. Between July and September, you can book a guided tour in the evening to experience this phenomenon yourself.
Early in the morning, when the jungle awakes, you’ve got the best chance to spot wild animals. The weather is not too hot yet and the animals are busy scoring their breakfast for that day. Accompanied by a trained guide, you can book a ‘wake up tour’ by boat, exploring the narrow canals of Tortuguero. Tortuguero National Park is one of the few places in Costa Rica where the endangered green macaw is still being spotted in the wild. Besides, the pink spoonbill that comes to hibernate in Costa Rica, is regularly spotted on the shore. In addition, kingfishers, snake-neck birds and herons are often seen. There is also a good chance that you will encounter monkeys, sloths, river-tailed turtles and/or iguanas.
In the afternoon your guide shows you around in the small village of Tortuguero, a small and simple village where you can enjoy your first ‘Pipa Fria’ (fresh coconut) and walk around.
In Tortuguero, we booked a tour to see the sea turtles nesting on the beach. We were very lucky that a turtle decided to nest very close to where we were standing. We could see everything from up close and it was truly unforgettable. This all happened on the birthday of our daughter, a great surprise! As requested, a birthday cake was prepared for our daugther as well. The whole restaurant sang for her and we gave everybody a piece of the very big ???? cake, thank for that nice suprise!
Great place, beautiful lodge surrounded by beautiful flowers, trees, birds and animals. Lovely pool and good food. Nice start of our holiday! We booked the early morning boat tour. We have seen a lot with our guide Alexander. Monkeys, caimans, toucans, basilisk, sloth, a boa constrictor and last but not least a dolphin swam with our boat! In the village, we found there’s a wonderful Caribbean atmosphere.
We already enjoyed the trip to Tortuguero by bus and boat, very special! Great tour guide and nice group to spend time with for two days. Guided tour in the national park was very nice, we saw and experienced a lot.
Hotel located in a beautiful spot. Very nice rooms and pool. The restaurant was fine but to us the least special. Buffet style is not quite our thing.
The journey to San José went very well. By coach and by boat to Laguna and Lodge. Sebastian was a good tour guide. En route lunched and visited a butterfly garden (behind the restaurant where the lunch was). After lunch continues with the bus to the boat. All well arranged and went well.
Sebastiaan guided the group not only during the trip but also during the excursions: through the waters along the mangrove forests and to the village of Tortuguero. In Laguna Lodge, we ate well (breakfast, lunch and dinner-buffet), and enjoyed the pool, the beautiful garden where we saw different animals (birds, bats, iguanas). We made a nice walk in the resort and along the beach of the Caribbean Sea. From the lodge, you can also walk to the village of Tortuguero.
Beautiful spot, but rather touristy. Room a bit small for 4 people, but clean and tidy.
This lodge was very nice, thanks to the hospitable staff, nice room, good food, location and beautiful surroundings. Our guide Daniel was fantastic and we had a nice click with the other travellers in our group. All in all a great start of our holiday.
Beautiful lodge, nice cabins near the sea. We had a lot of rain, but we borrowed boots from the lodge. Food was adequate / good.
We saw a lot of animals during the tours. We have done the evening tour extra, highly recommended, you will see many animals that you do not see during the day. Because of the uncertainty about the turtles on the beach (we did not see any for two evenings) we did not book this tour. Nevertheless, a beautiful area to visit.
To me, Tortuguero was one of the most beautiful destinations in Costa Rica. You can spot an unbelievable amount of beautiful animals here. Ara’s flying over your pool, turtles, sloths, monkeys and many more beautiful birds. Our guide Carlos did a great job. The food was also very good.
The boat tours through the national park were beautiful and our last evening memorable, because we spotted a turtle on the beach laying her eggs.
Great to be able to sit back and relax in the bus, enjoying our ride to Tortuguero. For the last kilometers, the bus drove an unpaved road in a beautiful environment. Then we stepped on the boat for the last part of our journey, which was also nice. In the hotel we were warmly welcomed, excellent rooms, a beautiful sea nearby, good food and friendly service. The guide was not intrusive and did a great job. He accompanied us on a tour to the village. The next day we did two excursions by boat, exploring the national park. We had a lot of rainfall in the morning. We were fortunate that a large adult turtle was released during our visit. These days we experienced as a pleasant start, everything was well arranged and our stay here was a great way to get into the holiday mood!
It was great to visit Tortuguero in the beginning our holiday in Costa Rica. In this we could already see something of the country without having to drive ourselves and our stay here was super nice!
Long bus and boat trip, friendly tour guide with a lot of knowledge. Lodge is a beautiful tourist resort. Friendly staff. great cocktails at the pool and great food. Touristy, but not too much. Great place to start your holiday and to learn a lot about Costa Rica and its nature.
Are you still looking for an eye-catcher in your living room? You might not expect it, but in the middle of the village of Tortuguero there’s a beautiful shop selling stylish art (no cheap souvenirs / knick-knacks!) made of local and natural materials and driftwood. The artist is a Swiss woman who has been living in Tortuguero for years now.