Our family of four stayed at Tortuga Lodge for 3 days and it was perfect. We loved the breezes coming through our windows( we hate air conditioning in hotels) our Howler Monkey wake-up call and the absence of plastic signs and commercial accessories. The grounds were meticulous!! The food was amazing, the coffee bar was always available and the wait staff was very professional. If I were running a school for hotel management I'd send my students to Tortuga. When we left I was sad to leave such warm and caring people. If you want a slick, chain hotel, this is not it. If you want something with a sophisticated and warm element then stay at Tortuga. We saw many animals and Jaun, our guide, was terrific. It was very quiet and guests were friendly. We saw an abundance of animals: howler monkeys, spider monkeys, a boa, caiman, crocodile, sea turtle laying her eggs, sloths, and a wide variety of rare and common birds. The pineapple-coconut truffles are amazing!
Dear nancy c,
"If I were running a school for hotel management I'd send my students to Tortuga." Wow. Thank you for this great endorsement of our staff. They are a wonderful group of people.
Your review was really wonderful. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your time at Tortuga Lodge, you really touched on a lot of the things that we think makes Tortuga Lodge special.
It sounds like you and your family had great luck with animal sightings. I thought I would take a moment to expand on what kind of species visitors to Tortuguero may encounter, whether on the Lodge grounds or while exploring the national park.
There are three species of monkeys; Spider, Howler, and White-faced). Three-toed Sloths, and river otter are frequently seen along the inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, Basilisk Lizards, and Poison Dart Frogs (Dendrobates) inhabit the area, along with 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.
One of the really great things about the park is that you have access to these wildlife sightings from motorized boats or sit on top kayaks. This makes it particularly easy to explore.
Thank you again for taking the time to write us this great review.
Chief Marketing & Guest Satisfaction Officer