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Tortuga Lodge

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- Charming riverside property
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- All 26 rooms have river views
- Cultural and wildlife activities

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Tortuga Lodge is a wonderful riverside property set amidst lovely gardens in its own private reserve just a short distance from the town of Tortuguero which is famed for its sea turtle hatching sites. Tortuguero National Park is also nearby, a large protected area that remains Costa Rica’s third most visited national park, despite being relatively remote and accessible only by boat or plane. The lodge lies on a pretty riverbank directly opposite the airport and a convenient 10-minute boat ride from the town. This decidedly laid back, eco-friendly retreat has a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar, and successfully combines elegance with a rustic ‘back to nature’ feel.

The accommodation comprises 26 rooms, all with river views. There are 23 standard rooms, along with two suites and a larger penthouse. Of the standard rooms, 11 are on the ground floor and come with their own terrace, while the remaining 12 are up on the first floor and have their own balcony. Ceiling fans are provided, but there is no air conditioning or TV in order to encourage genuine immersion in the amazing sights and sounds of the surrounding rainforest. Other amenities common to all rooms include hot water, a hair dryer, reading lamps and an enticing outdoor hammock.

There’s a wide range of activities on offer and a stay of at least three nights is ideal in order to allow plenty of time to visit the town, explore the national park and also to relax and enjoy the lovely hotel gardens and facilities. Boat trips at dawn, evening walks, fishing trips and kayaking sessions are a delight - all of these are led by an expert nature guide and are a great opportunity to explore the rainforest and the national park, and to learn all about the resident wildlife. Cultural activities are also possible; these include guided visits to Tortuguero, as well as participation in the hotel’s local English language teaching program in which guests get actively involved and support students in the classroom.

Children of all ages are welcome, and up to two children under the age of 10 years can share a room with two adults. There’s a children’s menu and plenty of activities tailored to families. Parents are reminded, due the rural location of the lodge and the proximity to water, to keep their children under adult supervision at all times.

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    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)

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    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!

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

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