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Laguna Lodge

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Large resort amidst jungle-fringed canals
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- On-site butterfly and botanic gardens
- Cultural and wildlife activities

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Overview

Laguna Lodge is well positioned for those looking to explore the much-visited Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica’s north eastern climes. This expansive lodge has 160 rooms and covers some 15 acres, lying on a narrow strip of land accessible only by boat, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the area’s main jungle-fringed Tortuguero Lagoon on the other. The property is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and has several acres of gardens that are exceptionally rich in plant life and home to a large number of butterfly and bird species. There’s a wealth of activities on offer, including some cultural visits, and some phenomenal wildlife right on the doorstep.

The many rooms are spread across six acres in several different buildings. All of them are simple and straightforward in design, using wooden furnishings to lend them a natural feel. All rooms offer a decent amount of space and a good number of basic comforts, including a ceiling fan, an outdoor wooden bench, and hot water. There are single, double or triple formations to choose from.

There’s a good range of activities to take part in; some of them are included in any stay at the lodge, while others are optional and available for an extra charge. Two activities which are invariably included are a cultural tour of Tortuguero town including the school, church, shops and recycling plant, and an unbeatable boat excursion through the national park’s enchanting canals. These activities are seamlessly led by dedicated expert guides and are a great way for guests to learn about the area’s rich history and fascinating wildlife. As for optional activities, there are guided visits through the lodge’s extensive gardens, an early morning sunrise boat tour, a sea turtle nesting trip (July to October only), and a beach walk to see sea turtles hatching (September to November only). There is direct beach access from the lodge and guests are free to wander along the long stretch of sand and watch sea turtles hatching in their own time if they don’t wish to pay extra for a guided tour.

Meals are served in the open-air restaurant that overlooks the Tortuguero Lagoon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here, with all food freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients. The main bar overlooks the lagoon and it’s decking is right over the water; there are also two smaller bars, each located by one of the lodge’s two swimming pools.

Children of all ages are welcome and although there may be age restrictions on some activities, there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy in the area. Parents are reminded that, due to the rural, waterside location of the lodge, children must be kept under constant adult supervision.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 511 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

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  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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