HarietB, March 25, 2016
Even though we went outside of turtle nesting season we loved every minute of our time here. More
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
- We offer 27 rooms. 11 Downstairs Terrace Rooms, 12 View Balcony Rooms, 2 Downstairs Suites and 1 Penthouse, all with river views.
- All rooms have free wireless internet.
- All rooms do not have air conditioning or television so you can appreciate the sounds of the tropical rain forest.
- The service style is personalized, informal, caring. No background music.
- Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef.
- The atmosphere in our lodge is quiet, laid back and tranquil, facing the Tortuguero River. No background music.
- Our bar serves Caribbean themed cocktails, and we don’t mean piña coladas, though we make a good one of those too.
About Tortuguero and Tortuguero National Park.
There is evidence that native people visited Tortuguero during the 5 month nesting season to hunt the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle since way before Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere. By the mid 1800’s there was thriving trade in turtle meat, oil and shells, much of which was exported to the United States and Europe.
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The Park Today
Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the most biologically rich and last large areas of tropical rain forests in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Among the wild-life you may encounter are three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, river otters, caimans, iguanas,river turtles, Basilisk Lizards, Poison Dart Frogs, as well as more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin and Purple-throated Fruitcrow.