- Eco-friendly Budget resort
- Close to Tortuguero National Park
- Turtles, boat trips, nature walks, kayaking
- Rich biodiversity, excellent wildlife
Evergreen Lodge is a great value option in Tortuguero. Rooms are basic but comfortable and food is average, but this comes in at a fraction of the price of more luxurious options in the area and the wildlife experience on the boat trips is still excellent.
Accessible only by boat, Evergreen Lodge is found in a breathtakingly beautiful spot brimming with a rich abundance of flora and fauna amidst an extensive series of jungle-fringed canals and waterways. This friendly property is just a short distance from Tortuguero National Park, which was established back in 1975 and is today one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks due to its awe-inspiring biodiversity. The lodge’s 66 bungalows and cabins have a pristine yet rustic feel and are designed to blend into the natural surroundings.
All 66 rooms are spacious and comfortable, and feature natural wood furnishings. Due to the lodge’s eco-friendly policies, there’s no air conditioning anywhere on site, though there is a ceiling fan in each of the rooms. Note that there’s no TV or radio in the rooms - this is to enable guests to better hear and appreciate the vibrant, magical sounds of the surrounding rainforest. There’s a private bathroom in every room, with hot water readily available.
Buffet-style meals are served three times a day in the lodge’s open-air restaurant. There’s also a bar, a freshwater swimming pool and a spa with plenty of soothing treatments to choose from.
The lodge offers packages for either two or three nights. Guided nature walks are on offer in the surrounding area, as are visits to the lodge’s very own eight-platform canopy, which offers spectacular aerial views of the lodge itself, the rainforest and the nearby network of canals. It’s possible to explore the Totuguero canals by boat or kayak with experienced, expert guides, and to learn all about the famed resident turtles. A visit to the Tortuguero National Park is a must, although note that there is an additional cost for admission. The park is perhaps most famous for its turtle population and many who come here make a point of visiting during the nesting season which lasts from July to October every year.
Families with children of any age are welcome to stay at the lodge. Those up to four years of age stay for free if sharing with two adults, and a maximum of two children per room is allowed. Youngsters of 5 to 11 years pay a child rate, and those over 12 stay on an adult rate. Parents are reminded that due to the wild, waterside location of the property, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
- Lovely waterside location
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- Great value for money
- Turtles, zip lining, kayaking, boat trips
- Wonderful spot amidst canals
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- Superb flora & fauna including turtles
- Affordable offering, wide range of activities
- Large resort amidst jungle-fringed canals
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- On-site butterfly and botanic gardens
- Cultural and wildlife activities
- Intimate Tortugeuro Eco Lodge
- 12 Air Conditioned Rooms
- Wide range of activities, turtle hatching
- Restaurant highly regarded
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Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023