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Tortuga Lodge and Gardens

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The rivers & canals of Tortuego are serene, and this Hotel captures that feel perfectly. Sited on the banks of the river away from the frankly rather tatty if atmospheric village ( but still reachable by hotel shuttle boat). The rooms are spacious, furnished in local teak and have pleasant verandas. Staff are really helpful and pleasant- including free wildlife and birdwatching guided trecjs around their own reserve behind the hotel- we got our first sighting of Tucans there. Food in the restaurant is good for hotel standards and if you're travelling by air, it's ideal to hop on a boat for a river crossing of less than a minute, have time to check in at an outdoor treadle table and still be able to have a peek at the beach to see how many turtles nested the night before, whilst catching your flight 20 minutes later. A great place- emblematic of graceful Tortuego national park.

This was a great place to stay. Good adventure for the whole family and a different take on the rain forest. The lodge and staff were very helpful and welcoming in all our activities. Highly recommend!

Came for a week of R and R and on day 2 saw Howler monkeys, sloths, Toucans, Iguanas outside the door of our room and went to watch the green turtles lay eggs near the beach at night. Absolutely stunning. Excellent food, great service, wonderful location near the north end of the river. Loved it!

This was our first stay at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens. Our second stay in the beautiful Tortuga National Park. The lodge is big enough to offer every thing you need to make a stay enjoyable and still small enough to make the approach personal. Rooms are good. The restaurant, where you will do breakfast, lunch and dinner, is above average and a pleasant place to be. The main reason to be there is the Park. Try to book "Mr. Norton" as your guide. He 's damn good and knows a lot out of years of experience.

Great room - very clean and large. Breakfast has excellent choice. Fabulous wildlife just outside the window with hummingbirds, birds, toucanets, coati's. Reception will organise transport and trips for you. We did a night tour in the jungle and a cloud jungle canopy tour. Excellent facilities

The staff went over and beyond my expectations. We feel fortunate and blessed to have chosen this lodge over any others we've seen. We were far enough from town that we felt very safe. This lodge is a paradise with music only from the wild life. The food is incredible. I would differently recommend this lodge to family and friends.

I can't imagine how anyone could have anything negative to say about this resort. Beauty, comfort, peace, and adventure combine to create the perfect setting. Our river tour was spectacular as was our guide, Elvis. We hiked the jungle on the trails twice and saw and heard so many wonderful things, including the Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs, Howler monkeys, Toucans, a Hummingbird, and so much more. We loved relaxing on our deck when it rained and even saw a family of Howlers right behind our room! The transportation by van and boat was terrific. Service by everyone was top notch. The visit to the school in San Francisco was a treasure for both of us. We are now on our way to Monteverdi in the morning and look forward to adventure there as well. It is hot and humid in this area, which I love, but even my husband, who prefers it cooler, loved it here. Jackie

We stayed three nights with our kids, 8 and 5 and had a wonderful time. Staff is super attentive, waiters are super friendly. Edgar makes killer cocktails! Property is great and our room was comfortable without AC, the breeze is nice at night. Kids enjoyed the pool by the river for many hours. The property is big and have several trails for easy hikes, just wear long sleeves and plenty of bug repellent. Even the huge iguanas were friendly and walked around. Food was really good at the restaurant, a little expensive but you have to consider that everything arrives by boat or plane to Tortuguero. There are cheaper options in the Village where you can go anytime with the hotel boat shuttle. It was our first time in Tortuguero and it was a great experience, definitely will be back!

My wife and I visited Costa Rica in December 2000 with stops at Tortuga Lodge, Corcovado, Arenal, Monte Verde, Tamarindo and Turriabla. March of 2015 we went back to CR with our kids (ages 15 and 13 now) to Arenal, San Gerardo de Dota and Manuel Antonio and we just returned from five nights in the Osa Peninsula and three nights at Tortuga Lodge ( June 30 – July 3), again with our kids. After three trips to Costa Rica and many different accommodations ranging from 5-star resorts to jungle lodges, Tortuga Lodge is by far, my favorite. I honestly feel it’s one of the most unique locations in Costa Rica and anyone with a little sense of adventure should definitely consider visiting. Our first trip we spent two nights but having a third night this trip allowed us the opportunity to not just see Tortugero, but to feel Tortugero. We had a package that included transportation to/from Tortugero, a boat ride, kayaking, teaching English to the local kids and a chocolate tour - all fantastic experiences. A few notes as stated on their website: No TV, No A/C – we left the curtains open and fans on, no problem. Don't expect Four Seasons - it's rustic. I wore pants, long sleeves and bug spray – recommend the same for all (at least on the trails and perhaps around the lodge). We didn’t mind the resident gecko in our room, other than perhaps a few “gifts” he left behind… The pool is fantastic, and heated. Showers had hot water. Food was decent, not great. The weather is crazy. We experienced sun, rain, lightning and thunder like I’ve never seen/heard before. Marcelo from Costa Rica Expeditions was great. As was Willis, our tour guide. Seems to be the only lodge with river views. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I thought we may be too early for turtle season, but got lucky and saw two. Even without the turtles, it’s still a must visit for those that are ok with the above. What can I say, I wish we were still there…

I found this great spot on my own, but our visit was organized by Costa Rica Expeditions. The lodge is very comfortable. Tours of the Natl park were included. What was a surprise was the delicious food and hospitality of the staff. We would definitely recommend a visit in the off season other than the turtle nesting season.

Across the river Tortuguero Limon

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Within a short distance of Tortuga Lodge and Gardens are Sea Turtle Conservancy and Cuatro Esquinas Island. This 26-room, 3.5-star resort has a restaurant along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on a river and also close to Tortuguero National Park Office.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite family restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Start each morning off right with cooked-to-order breakfast served for a fee.


Tortuga Lodge and Gardens's 26 rooms provide furnished balconies, ceiling fans, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Tortuga Lodge and Gardens features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations. This resort also has a computer station.

Room options

River View Upstairs Balcony Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

River View Downstairs Junior Suite

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1044 reviews