Activities

Enjoy The Activities And Things To Do In Our Hotel

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens has earned the best TripAdvisor reviews of all hotels on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and is also proud to be a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. Our exclusive luxury lodge on the banks of the Tortuguero River offers effortless access to a diverse and exhilarating range of eco-adventures and things to do. All activities are led by experienced naturalist guides.

Baby Turtles Hatching

Baby turtles dig their way out of the nest and then make their way to the water. Assuming that they can avoid the predators waiting for them both on land and in the ocean, 25 to 30 years from now they will return to this very beach and the life-cycle will begin anew.

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Turtle Nesting

Groups of up to 10 people gather at a dispatching point of the hotel, 15 minutes to 1 hour prior to your tour time, depending on the sector of the beach assigned by the Park Service to your group. Some sectors of the beach are further away and require more time to arrive. Groups have to wait their turn for a tracker who is on the beach with a radio to report a turtle.

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Natural History Boat Excursion with Local Naturalist Guide

An extraordinary rainforest immersion awaits you on this three-hour boat tour of Tortuguero National Park. Choose from the morning tour after breakfast or early afternoon. The coastal rainforest changes as the day progresses, so feel free to book both excursions, and you’ll discover that no tour is the same.   

 If you’d like additional beverages, ask the hotel concierge to stock your favorite drinks when you reserve your space (at an additional cost). Tour departure date and time may change according to weather conditions and occupancy.  

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Kayaking the mystical canals of Tortuguero National Park

Kayak through the majestic canals and rainforest of Tortuguero National Park on this unforgettable two-hour tour. Schedule an early morning or afternoon transfer by boat from the lodge to the quiet backwater creeks and lagoons of the park, where you will launch your kayak. You will be accompanied by a bilingual Tortuguero guide for the duration of the trip. Life jackets and will be provided, and your kayak’s seat can be adjusted to ensure your utmost comfort and security.  Your guide will give a full safety briefing and paddling instructions before the tour begins. No previous kayaking experience is required.   

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Twilight Tour of Tortuga Lodge Reserve  

Discover the magical twilight hours of the rainforest on this two-hour walk through Tortuga Lodge’s private 26-hectare nature reserve. Join your fellow guests and the local naturalist guide at the front desk to be fitted with rubber boots and receive a rain poncho and  flashlight. 

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A journey into the history and culture of Tortuguero Village 

Journey back through time and glimpse the fascinating history and culture of Tortuguero Village. This fun and informative two-hour tour begins with a boat ride from the lodge to town. Visit the local school (during weekdays and  school year ), and stroll through the Sea Turtle Conservancy   center and museum , local artisan shops, a general goods store, and walk down the quaint streets of colorful Afro-Caribbean homes. Guests can purchase locally-made artwork and souvenirs and sample the rich and savory Creole cuisine unique to the area.   Return to the lodge by boat.   

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Hiking Cerro Tortuguero

Treat yourself to the only birds-eye view of the majestic Caribbean lowlands on this two-hour intermediate-level hike up Cerro Tortuguero. After breakfast at the lodge, join your fellow hikers and the bilingual naturalist guide at the reception area for the boat transfer to the Caribbean village of San Francisco and gateway to Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge. 

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