Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

Address: BARRA DE TORTUGUERO, CARIBE NORTE 173., Tortuguero, Province of Limon, 2015 , Costa Rica | 3 star lodge
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This 3 star lodge is located on BARRA DE TORTUGUERO, CARIBE NORTE 173., Tortuguero.
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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

          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

          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

          Historical Traveler Reviews Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

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          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!


          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!

          The only disappointment we had dealt with the guide we were given for our turtle tour (this was another woman, not Isabel) we only spoke English, she only spoke Spanish. If we hadn't been more outspoken she would have ended the tour 1 hour into our 2 hour tour.

          After not spotting any turtles, we took a tour the second night with Berny. He was extremely knowledgeable and was conscientious of providing a good tour while not disturbing the turtles or the environment.

          Overall, this was our best experience in Costa Rica.

          Nice Rustic Lodge


          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


          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.

          The rooms are quite basic but adequate. It was really humid and we found all our clothes were quite damp with the humidity. We went on the turtle tour with another fantastic guide - Dino - he was a giggle. You must go on the turtle tour but remember to bring a torch, you'll understand why when you get there.

          The rainforest blew me away!!!

          The beach is about a 30 second walk from the bedrooms, the pool is good but not very deep. The food at the hotel was provided and delicious. Not a great choice but there was definately more than enough.

          One piece of useful advice is to bring binoculars for the rainforest trips and plenty of waterproof clothing. We got caught in 3 heavy showers.

          Laguna Lodge is not a 5 star hotel but definately the Ritz of the Rain Forest. I would highly recommend it to any traveller.

          Highly Recommended


          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


          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!


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

          The rooms were clean and comfortable. There were ceiling fans to cool things off, and I didn't even miss having a/c. The housekeeping ladies were real gems. They had this way of twisting the extra towels into the shape of a swan and leaving them on the bed. Great touch! The rest of the staff - reception, resturant, etc. - were superb, comprised mostly of young people in their 20's and 30's. They were helpful, cheerful, and attentive. (I had to make a phone call to my doctor's office in California that proved to be a bit tricky, considering the remote location. The lovely young man at the reception desk was very patient and helpful)

          You can't beat the location. You are literally a few feet away from the ocean. (Caribbean side) And early in the mornings, you can go on boat rides around the rainforest to see wildlife. Also, we took a trip to the nearest town to do some sightseeing.

          I am not a camper, nor am I a fan of rustic surroundings. So I was a little wary of coming to Laguna Lodge, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The service I received was better than what I received at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

          I loved it! Plan to go back.


          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...


          ...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


          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.

          The rooms are in cabins and are very rustic - the windows are just screens and shutters. Each room has a private bath but no TV or phone. (Hey! You're in the jungle, who needs 'em!) The walls are a bit thin, we could hear the neighbors snore, and we definitely could hear the howler monkeys at night. On the other hand, the cabins glowed with the warmth of tropical wood walls, floors and ceiling. Our room also had the required tropical companion, a gecko.

          Food was served buffet/family style, and was sufficient, but not stellar. I got the feeling that the food wasn't far removed from what might be on the table in town, if you were company. There was usually one grilled or baked/stewed meat, a couple of hot vegetables, and an assortment of cold salad-like things, plus a delicious fresh fruit beverage, coffee or water. For us, the food was included in the package price. Other drinks were extra. You are seated with the same group for the entire time. We made several friends during our time together. The bar had a limited range of drink options. There was live music for an hour before supper. The band (banjo, drums, washtub bass, maracas, and guitar) played calypso/island music in what they called the house style - just some guys getting together to play whatever instruments they have, so people could sing along. Whatever they lacked in polish was more than made up in enthusiasm and sincerity.

          The same group of people you dine with go on the tours together. You can take the tours, or stay at the lodge and hang out at the pool or wander on the beach. We had a delightful guide by the name of Willis, who spoke a Caribbean-accented English that was quite pleasant to listen to. He was very good at spotting wild-life and telling you about it. We went on two boat trips into the jungle canals, one trip to town, and one trip to hike in the jungle. They provided boots for the trails and ponchos for the rain. We saw a sloth, a caiman, an otter, three kinds of monkeys and quite a few birds and lizards. I truly felt that the guides were working to help us spot a variety of wildlife, and they were proud of their knowledge of the area.

          Just keep in mind that this is a remote location, and it's tough to get there (unless you want to pay extra to fly in on a small plane). They have to haul everything in by boat, so the options are limited. If you prefer fancy resorts you probably won't like this. If you like the out-doors, and want an adventure, Laguna Lodge is a fine choice. You are going to be close to the jungle, not the jaccuzzi. We'd go back tomorrow if we could.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

          Travel Blogs from Tortuguero

          Paradise day 2

          A travel blog entry by kimmilew


          ... so much fun to jump and swing from tree to tree, and they loved playing with each other! We also saw some amazing birds, including one called the Anhinga. These are funny birds because when you see them outside of the water, the are standing with their wings spread wide open because they lack the oil necessary to adequately dry their feathers, and must air dry them instead. They also have a very sharp and long beak which they use to spear fish! ...

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          De oceaan!!!