Snorkeling at Isla Tortuga

Trip Start Dec 21, 2008
Trip End Jan 02, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today we schedule a trip out to Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) to do some snorkeling.  There are several companies here that you can use, but Alex suggested using Monkey Tours because they give 10% of their profit to the local schools.  We thought that was great and agreed.  Some companies charge as much as $70 per person, but Monkey Tours was only $40 and there were only six people on our boat, some had as many as 20.  Monkey Tours does not have a website, but they do have a blog:, you should check them out.  Here is their "outpost":

The boat ride to the island is about 50 minutes at full throttle with two brief stops.  One to see the waterfall past the Playa Grande that we never reached (and after seeing it, we're glad we didn't walk the rest of the way) and another to see Rainbow Rock.  It's a cool rock formation with a hole in the bottom, forming an arch.  I didn't bring my camera, as our host thought it would get soaked on the trip; however, it would have made it just fine.  On the other hand, if I had brought it, it probably would have gotten soaked, so C'est la vie.

After some snorkeling, they take you to the island for lunch and some relaxation.  The lunch was very good.  It was fresh fish with some potatoes and a nice salad, and they had fresh cut fruit on the table.  One thing about this area is that it's very easy to find healthy food.  Fresh fish, organic restaurants, right sized portions, it's really nice.  On the other hand, there's plenty of bars to drink all the cerveza and margaritas that you care to.  They also had beverages included.  There's said to be hiking on the island and we even brought our hiking shoes, but no one mentioned anything and it was nice just hanging out on the beach, so we didn't bother.  There's also a "wild" pig on the island that is pretty friendly.  We didn't see him, but we met people who did and they said that if scratch his head he'll roll over like a dog so you can scratch his belly.

We then went out for another round of snorkeling before heading back to Montezuma.  Overall, the snorkeling wasn't bad.  I think I've seen better elsewhere, but it was well worth the trip and we'd recommend it.

For Christmas Eve dinner, we went to a restaurant called Cocolores.  It wasn't bad, but seeing that the prices were a little higher than other restaurants, I couldn't really recommend it.

The ATM machine is still out of service.
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