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Laguna Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

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 497 reviews

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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