Tortuga Lodge and Gardens, Tortuguero

Unless you’re an Atlantic green sea turtle, the only way to arrive on Tortuguero is by boat or light plane. It is a special, remote place with pristine beaches and undisturbed rainforest – which is probably why the turtles choose to swim hundreds of miles to nest here. Tortuguero is also a national park that includes no less than 11 different habitats – home to species as diverse as spider, howler and white-faced monkeys, as well as sloths, river otters, caiman, Jesus Christ lizards and over 320 species of birds. Including six species of kingfisher, plus parrots, toucans, trogons, manakins and fruitcrows.

So, as a nature traveller, Tortuga Lodge - with its river views and rustic jungle elegance - could easily be the highlight of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Costa Rica.

Tortuga Lodge, at a glance

  • Jungle hotel surrounded by a natural wilderness
  • Featured in National Geographic Tours of a Lifetime
  • Choice of upstairs balcony and downstairs terrace rooms and suites
  • Rustic, aesthetically pleasing tile or wood floors and raftered ceilings
  • Panoramic unglazed, but screened, windows to allow guests to experience the forest soundtrack
  • Wonderful riverside restaurant

For leisure and pleasure

  • Infinity pool with views of the forest
  • Easy access to sublime beaches
  • Guided discovery walks through Caribbean plantation-style gardens
  • Nature viewing from hidden benches and hammocks
  • Natural history boat tours
  • Local village community excursions
  • Fishing trips
  • Splendid bird watching without leaving the gardens
  • Resident troops of howler monkeys
  • Lagoon with tiger herons
  • Once again the service we got from Ultimate was impeccable

    NR, Burma, 2015


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7