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Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Hotels

Hotel Las Tortugas

  • Local Flavor


  • On the beach
  • Friendly owners
  • Good value


  • Busy location
  • Spotty service at times

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

With a prime location on the beach, steps away from Playa Grande's famous surf break, this place is perfect for surfers, nature lovers, and sun worshippers. The name, which means "The Turtles," is no accident; this hotel was designed with turtles in mind. Owner/conservationist Louis Wilson made sure, for instance, that room and restaurant lights don't shine on the beach, because light disorients the turtles. Rooms are spacious, with good beds, stone floors, terraces, new

balconies, and colorful tile bathrooms. Las Tortugas accommodates all budgets, with rooms ranging from spacious suites to economical dorm-style rooms in an annex that Louis built for student groups and volunteers. They also offer an array of apartments up the hill, some with kitchenettes, that rent by the night, week, or month. All of this adds up to the best value in Playa Grande, and one of the best deals on the Pacific coast. The main surf break is just to the south of the hotel, and turtle tours start at the ranger station next door. Rip currents are a danger on the beach here, which is why many guests prefer the pool shaped like a leatherback turtle (the turtle's head is the kiddie pool). A palm-lined entrance and lush gardens slung with hammocks round out the grounds' appeal. The restaurant ($$$) serves a good selection of fresh seafood and grilled meat dishes; a beach snack bar has Caribbean-style food and tacos.

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Hotel Information


Entrance to Las Baulas Marine National Park, 33 km/20 mi north of Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Costa Rica



Hotel Details:

  • 11 rooms, 1 suite, 8 dorms, 17 apartments
  • No meals

Updated 04/14/2014


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By Debbie

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Jul 18, 2005

Do not stay here.

You get what you pay for. It's a pick, but not worth it!!! Were robbed out of our "locked" apartment room w/in 3 hours of arrival. Camera, lens, binocs, sunglasses. After staff assured the room was secure, went for a walk on the beach and came back to a locked room less the previously mentioned items. Was "assured" by the owner and staff that this has only happened once since the hotel was opened, but really didn't buy it. Did receive our $$ back

for the 9+ days we booked and meals we ate while there, left after two days. (did not cover what was lost) Still felt set up, and would not recommend, unless you carry all worldly possesions with you. Many better places to stay in Manuel Antonio or Monteverde. (where we ended up salvaging a crappy vacation) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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