Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

Tortuguero, Province of Limon, Costa Rica | 3 star lodge
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Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast

A travel blog entry by andreatravels

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We left the Arenal area at 5:30 in the a.m. in order to catch the jungle riverboat to Tortuguero. There are very few roads through the wetlands of the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, and Tortuguero is accessible only by boat or plane. We munched muffins and fruit supplied by the hotel and looked forward to a real breakfast stop along the way to …

It's wet in the Rain Forest

A travel blog entry by magnoliakitties

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Our adventure today began with our welcome breakfast at 7 a.m. As we finished breakfast Michael and Fico reviewed the weeks itinerary with us. We were onboard the motor coach by 8:30 and off to explore a rainforest using an aerial tram.

The ride to the tram was about 2 hours. Fico provided us a lot of great information on Costa Rica as we …

Tortuguero aka Paradise

A travel blog entry by flipflop.chels

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Waking up before 6 has become pretty customary to me here in Costa Rica, the sunrises before 6, the busses are already running by 5 and we have had to get up very early many times this trip! Yesterday we had to be ready before 6 so the bus could pick us up to take us to the lovely Tortuguero, after making our rounds and picking everyone up, we …

Monkeys!

A travel blog entry by penguinchris

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It’s worth
mentioning at this point that much of rural Costa Rica lives by the sun. At this
latitude, sunrise is usually around 6 a.m. and sunset 6 p.m. People get up early
and most activity finishes around sunset. People eat and then go to bed. The
Valle Central and parts of the Caribbean coast seem more inclined to night …

Butterflies, Bananas and Rain Forest

A travel blog entry by edpass

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Leaving San Jose behind, we drove through Braulio Carrillo National Park, named for Costa Rica's third president, Braulio Carillo Colina. Some of the drive was not unlike Cape Breton Island's Highlands National Park, except that Cape Breton's hills and valleys are larger.

A stop at a butterfly garden before lunch left me wanting another …

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    TravelPod Member ReviewsLaguna Lodge Tortuguero

    Reviewed by edpass

    A great place to see wildlife

    Reviewed Mar 24, 2011
    by (2 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

    Nice basic rooms, nice staff, great river excursions with knowledgeable guides. A beautiful site with lime, coconut, pineapple and bananas growing outside your room. There's even a "frog garden" where you can stalk the green frogs with a flashlight at night. You can't swim in the river or ocean, however--too many carnivores.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by mills01480

    Laguna heaven

    Reviewed Mar 2, 2011
    by (3 reviews) St Neots , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    We really enjoyed our stay, rooms were rustic but ok. The food and service were great and the boat trips excellent so no complaints.
    Overall great value.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by vng

    Rustic, Basic and very natural

    Reviewed Jun 25, 2010
    by (4 reviews) Vancouver , Canada Flag of Canada

    Very basic accommodations but clean and simple amenities with an outstanding natural undisturbed natural surroundings.

    The rooms are very basic w/o TV but electricity is available to charge your essentials. Fan only no AC and goes along the ecological sense this place is built around.

    Pool, restaurant and bar. Not much to do here but to go on a hike and walk along the beach-which you can not swim. Its mainly designed as a jump out spot for all other excursions.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

    Security Problems

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    Hi,

    I stayed in Laguna Lodge in Jan 06 and have to say that it was a let down. The rooms were below average and you could hear everything in the other room. The food was generally fine - our evening meals were lovely.

    However, security issues were really serious. 3 people had their rooms broken into (the mosquito nets were cut with knives). None of the guides seemed concerned and no one told us to be vigilent, or even let on they knew there had been thieves about. In fact, when someone had said to a guide that they locked their key in the room, the guide showed him how to break into the room! UNBELIEVABLE.

    We had a great time in CR - Laguna Lodge left a nasty taste.

    Be careful

    Our best experience in Costa Rica!

    from

    The Laguna Lodge was a bargain for the experience. The Lodge has access to both the canal (for boat and park access) and the beach. This is important, as not all lodges have direct access to the beach. My wife and I were able to walk on the beach during sunrise and sunset to see the baby turtles scamper into the sea. The rooms were comfortable; the food was OK but not spectacular. The hotel staff were very friendly and accomodating. We had some children during our tour who asked for hot chocolate. The staff actually went out to purchase chocolate. Our tour guide, Isabel was fantastic!

    Nice Rustic Lodge

    from

    The Laguna Lodge is a beautiful environmental getaway. Bring a book! There is not a lot to do after dark, but it's very relaxing. The food was good and the staff was friendly, but the best part was definitely the turtle watching we did one evening. We were able to see many turtles and even saw one laying its eggs. The only negative comment is that we had a bilingual guide, but there were only three English speakers with a group of Spanish speakers, and ended up feeling very slighted. I understand a lot of Spanish but my boyfriend and the other gentleman do not, and it was clear to me that our guide was giving us the extremely condensed version of the information. I felt that I had to really pay attention to what he said in Spanish so that I could clarify with questions if he did not repeat the information in English. However, that's a comment about a particular guide and not the hotel itself. The hotel was very nice.

    10 out of 10

    from

    Went on trip to Costa Rica and started in Laguna Lodge - we didn't want to leave. The facilities are really good, everyone is extremely helpful. We had a fantastic guide called Isabel, who was amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and such a warm person.

    Highly Recommended

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    This place was great!

    The rooms were very spacious, clean and comfortable. The pool area was fantastic. The guide was a very knowledgable biologist. The dining area has a great view of the canal. The access to the ocean side was great. There was hardly anyone there (I can't believe this place isn't crawling with tourists).

    The food could use a little work. It wasn't awful, just a bit boring.

    I would definitely stay here again!

    Great rain forest hotel

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    We spent 2 nights in this hotel and we were thoroughly satisfied with the experience. The hotel is located on a thin strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and a vast lagoon, and can only be reached by boat. The rooms are somewhat primitive; only the showers have hot water and there is no air conditioning. But a powerful ceiling fan is more than adequate. Given the jungle-like location, the facilities are a pleasant surprise. There is a very functional pool. The service is outstanding; the manager seems to be up and around 24/7, constantly available for addressing guests' concerns. But what was most impressive to us was the quality and presentation of the food; wonderful, expansive buffets. The hotel has a fleet of boats available for jungle exploration, helping to make a stay a most unique experience. This is an excellent location from which to explore the Tortuguero region of Costa Rica.

    Very impressive, considering the location!

    from

    Considering you're tucked away in a dense rainforest, this lodge was suprisingly lovely.

    I loved it! Plan to go back.

    from

    I loved this place and plan to go back. My sister and I came on a tour and only spent 2 nights and a day and a half. If you want to relax, this is the place to be, very quiet, a nice quaint atmospere. Its nothing fancy, although the pool is one that you would find in any high rated resort, it has massaging showers, a bar and lounge area and not far is a butterfly garden. Its a good place to come and lie on a hammock and do nothing. We never got a chance to lie around and do nothing as we were busy taking walks on the beach, which is only feet from the lodge, we went on an early canal cruise and we went into the little village of Tortuguero, were you can shop, get something to eat or drink at a local bar.. We got there by boat with our tour,but walked back to Laguna Lodge along the beach, it only took us half an hour. The grounds were well groomed, the people were friendly, the food was good, and it was peaceful. What more could you want in a remote jungle setting? I can't wait to get back and do nothing.

    Be prepared for camp bunks...

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    ...with the most basic of accommodations. Not even shampoo in the bathrooms. The main building, which is Gaudi inspired is interesting to see, but is not utilized except for a sparse giftshop/ "front desk" which is only manned at certain times, and a vacant meeting room. The rest of the lodge looks nothing like this. The bar and restaurant have thatched roofs and are open air. The rooms are located in bunkhouse style buildings, with four in a row. The walls are paper-thin. Our guide, Bernie, was a freelance guide, who was excellent and stayed with us throughout our stay--lucky for us, since our group did not speak any English, by and large. Without his help, our special dietary requirements (no meat, poultry or shellfish) would never have received any attention, and we would have been relegated to eating the same salad bar ingredients for every meal. The juices were watered down, the desserts were pitiful. The only thing to recommend the place was the wildlife in the park, and as mentioned before our guide. We heard from others we met later in our trip that Mowamba Lodge in Tortuguero was far superior if your needs are for a better assortment of vegetarian and fish menus--food was better quality and better selection was offered.

    A pleasant place in the jungle

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    My wife and I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica. Part of the trip was a 3-day package to Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero. We loved it, but you'll need to have the right mind-set for the place. The transportation to and from the lodge was efficient but definitely not luxurious (two+ hours in a comfortable bus from San Jose, half through banana plantations over rough roads paved with fist-sized rocks, followed by two hours in a boat through jungle canals). Some of the travel information suggested that luggage was limited to 25lbs, but I saw people with more luggage... Beware that you'll be lugging your own stuff, though.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent