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Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero
Ranked #4 of 7 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
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Edmonton, Canada
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36 reviews
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“Basic but awesome!”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

My travelling companions and I loved this place! The room is really basic, but clean and we managed to take hot showers. There is no AC but there is a ceiling fan that did the job for us just fine (our visit was at the beginning of January). The restaurant was good and provided us with the breakfast, beers (cheap!), fresh fruit juice, water and coffee when we needed it. The staff was lovely and really accommodating. What can't be beat is the location which is right on the beach. Although you can't swim per say, we spent countless hours playing in the waves. They are strong! But so much fun to play in! We had a great experience in this hotel and in Tortuguero in general.

When we arrived we were greeted by one of the tourism offices people to walk us to our hotel, which was really helpful as Icaco is located just outside the village. No doubt the hotel and the tourism operation are working together as you can book tours through them, but who cares. We actually found it helpful and did book our boat tour through the company (with a great guide named Elvis).

Though the hotel is just outside the village, it isn't far and the village is tiny. You will still be centrally located, bring a torch for walking home at night. Don't worry, it is perfectly safe. We were three girls travelling together and it didn't make us nervous at all.

All in all we loved out stay at Icaco. I would love to go back and wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Cabinas el Icaco is on the outskirts of Tortuguero on the Caribbean side of the island. You can hear the waves crashing at night and see the sea from the dining area. We had a very basic room--a bed and a table for our luggage. The room was clean, the ceiling fan kept us cool, and the bed was comfortable. Some rooms had a fridge. All have a table and chairs outside under an overhang with a light that made it possible to read outside comfortably. Wi-fi was good. You can get meals there which are simple but well prepared, and service is always excellent. The owner is always helpful, friendly, accommodating. As money permits, they plan constant improvements and hope to have kitchenette facilities available int the future. There was another guest there who felt the place was "boring". Tortuguero is a laid back place where bird/nature watching and relaxing are are main activities. The national park canoe tours are excellent as is the Turtle Conservancy visitor center. This is not where you go for a tropical Caribbean beach experience, but if you have realistic expectations, this is a delightful spot.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

Clean & spacious rooms with a fridge & a fan. Hot showers. Walking distance to everything in Tortuguero but take a torch for the evenings. It is on the beach but don't be fooled...the waves are ridiculous so you'd have to be mad or very brave to take a dip! No kitchen facilities which is a shame. On the plus great hammocks to relax in & the guy told us they have a pool which is being installed later this month which will be great after a day exploring the national park!
O & the wifi works all the way down to the beach which makes for great skype chats!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Sorocaba, SP
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

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1. Luggage is picked up and sent away between hotel and harbor with bicycle. No cars are available on the island. 2. Next to the beach and the national park. Clear wave and animal sound in the night. 3. Outside every room has a bench and a table, which is very comfortable for reading.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Price-quality is perfect! Excellent location, right on the beach and near National Park Tortuguero. While relaxing in one of the hammocks on the beach, I forgot my camera. I only realised this, when I already left Tortuguero. I emailed Calixto about the forgotten camera and he sent the camera all the way to the Netherlands, free of charge! Excellent Service, Thank you very much!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Place was good and transfer with boat was included in our package. Room coul be more lightened up. Neighbours are too loud at night. Worth taking a mosquito net with you. Apart from the good price the rooms could be more friendly. Breakfast was not included, but you can get breakfast in the village centre. We had a boat tour through the jungle which is not that spectacular as we expected. Did see a lot of birds but not so many crocodiles or turtles. But the tour through the jungle by a local guide was perfect. Roberto did a good job showing plants and spider monkeys. You get rubberboots before entering this park for 1$ per pair.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

This place is just superb. We reserved this some weeks ago, as it was our first stop after arriving in San Jose. I informed them we were arriving by bus from San Jose. A friendly woman was already waiting for us at busstation of carigiero. She escorted us all till the hostel! (minivan and boat)

Arrived there the place was amazing for the price! The owners are fantastic and we met great people there!

A must in tortuguero !

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero
Address: 200 mtr south from the soccer field | Tortuguero Village, Tortuguero 10001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right on the beach with: Free WIFI, hot water, fans, room with satellite TV, hammock ranch, laundry services, telephone & fax services, restaurant services, tour information, secure, and most importantly very clean. ... more   less 
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