Fodor's Expert Review Tortuga Lodge

Across river from airstrip, 2 km (1 mile) from village, Tortuguero, Limón, 70205, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Lush lawns, orchids, and tropical trees surround this thatch riverside lodge, renowned for its nature packages and top-notch, personalized service. Tortuga sets itself apart with its smaller size, and markets itself to a higher-budget clientele than do its major competitors here (Laguna, Mawamba, and Pachira), although during the off-season, rates are competitive with the other lodges. Most of Tortuga's packages include its own charter flights to Tortuguero, but you can ask for a land-boat combo from San José as well. Guest rooms are comfortable, with much-appreciated mosquito blinds. The penthouse suite, with two king-size beds and an extra smaller bed, has ample room for a family. The chefs do an excellent job preparing hearty food, which is served family-style rather than in a buffet line as at other lodges. Tortuguero National Park is 20 minutes south by boat. Tortuga is the closest lodge to the area's tiny airstrip, although with only a couple of flights in an out daily, noise is not an issue.

PROS

  • many activities
  • seclusion from other lodges
  • top-notch guides
  • air transfers via chartered flights
  • upscale clientele

CONS

  • rustic rooms
  • this is farther from the park than most lodges in the area
  • two-night minimum stay

QUICK FACTS

Resort
GreenService
Casual
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2709–8136 | -2257–0766-in San José | -2709–8034 | -2521–6099-in San José | 800-672–8704

HOTEL DETAILS

27 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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