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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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