Tortuga Lodge , Tortguero National Park


Tortuga Lodge, situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodeling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words: "Reflect the place." The Lodge has 26 deluxe rooms and one penthouse.

Hotel with all facilities...


The Lodge's restaurant starts at the river dock and reluctantly moves inland. Delectable meals are created by our chef, Valentin, who specializes in local and international dishes. Designed to blend into the river environment, the pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system that uses an undetectable amount of salt instead of commercial chlorine. The water does not irritate the eyes.The all-pervasive presence of the water blurs distinctions. As your boat moves slowly through the forest, you are immersed in a world where the forest merges with the rivers and the water becomes part of the tree. Land and water, indoors and outdoors lose part of their meaning. The first ten rooms built at Tortuga Lodge were dark and enclosed. Now whatever was useful from those rooms has been recycled into the community, and all rooms at Tortuga Lodge have almost as much window area as walls.

Sea turtles and ecotourism ...


During the season (June through October) the highlight of your trip to Tortuguero is actually standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and, finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.Tortuguero is conservation. In 1962 the late Dr. Archie Carr began to study and tag the thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles that every year from June through October come to Tortuguero Beach to lay their eggs. The study has continued without fail ever since, under the auspices of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). It is the longest running continuous study of its kind in the world, and it has had a profound effect on the community of Tortuguero. Many of our staff have worked for the CCC, as have their parents. Caring for nature is woven into the fiber of the community.

The settings


With over 80% of Tortuga Lodge's personnel from the Tortuguero area, we are committed to playing an active role in the Tortuguero community and working closely with an exceptionally effective community development association that has made Tortuguero an innovative model for cooperation between private enterprise and local communities, obtaining substantial benefits for the town. Let us know, and we would be delighted to send you more information on what the association is up to and how you can help. (Click for information about Tortuguero Foundation).

Tortua Lodge, a unique lodge ...

Costa Rica

Tortuga Lodge has implemented an energy conservation program that saves an average of 50% of the overall electrical energy consumption.* The Lodge has a unique swimming pool that mirrors the river beside it and which uses a small amount of salt instead of polluting chlorine.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 last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, and river otters are frequently seen along the natural 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, 3 species of toucans, 8 species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and White-fronted Nunbird.