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“In the middle of the rainforest”

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Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
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“In the middle of the rainforest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

What makes it more attractive about Laguna Lodge is that it is located inside the rainforests of Tortuguero, with a pier over the shores of the canals, and if you walk through the paths you can reach the Caribbean beach at the other side of the island.

The employees are very friendly and will always greet you with a smile. The rooms are very cozy and are always kept clean. You can enjoy nature at its finest inside the hotel, which also has a botanical garden, a frog sanctuary, and hundreds of endogenous trees and bushes growing in the green areas.

The food is very good, and you have a nice view from the pier where the restaurant is located to the canals. We even got the chance to see crocodiles, raccoons, and dolphins near the shore!

A nice place to visit with family, friends, or as couples.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

You either arrive in Tortuguero by airplane or by boat since there are no roads for vehicles. We arrived by plane and were taken to the Laguna Lodge by boat. Rooms are not air conditioned as we are accustomed to, but they do have ceiling fans and you can get floor fans, too. Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero River, this is probably the best lodging in the area. Rooms were very nice, food at the restaurant was very good; but be prepared for your wakeup call---it could be one of the air planes landing or taking off right over the rooms!!! The pool is a welcome relief and look for the red-eyed frogs in the bushes and trees right next to the pool. We also saw a tree porcupine close to the pool.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

My wife and I went to Laguna Lodge with another couple and had a fantastic time. The transport from San Jose was seamless and the boat ride in was an adventure in itself. The property is beautiful, the service was exceptional and the food was much better than we had anticipated. The real advantage that tis lodge has over all others but one is that you are able to walk to the beach or the town without having to arrange boat transportation. The second advantage is the pools (yes there are two - one more for kids and one more for adults) where you can cool off from the jungle heat. The first day there was a boat trip to explore the town ad we had a choice of riding back or walking. We chose to walk to give us more time in town, including some food and drink at the Buddha Café which is fantastic. Three quarters of the way back the sky opened up and we were caught in a downpour but we had a blast as the rain was warm and refreshing. Service.... I had an allergic reaction to god knows what and broke out in itchy hives. Within minutes of approaching reception we were on a boat heading to the excellent clinic in town, absolutely free of charge. I got a shot in the but and some antihistamines and was fine shortly there after. The included guided tour of the canals and wildlife was just wonderful. Overall a fantastic experience.

Room Tip: If you are a couple ask to be near the smaller more adult pool
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

After about an hour of travel by boat, I arrived at this lovely lodge. The boat ride was beautiful. The lodge is located between the Caribbean sea and a lagoon. Walking, you can see both in about 3 minutes!

The buffet dinners are good, the rooms are nice and the grounds are lovely! You can arrange tours to see the sea turtles nesting at the front desk. There are boat tours of the canals available, as well as boat trips to the nearby town of Tortuguero.

  • Stayed July 2013
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los angeles, California, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

We were not disappointed. From the mandatory river boat transport, in the rain, seeing some wildlife, including that one monkey... To tortoises laying eggs in the light of the moon, to the humongous and close tropical thunder and lightning sworn to the quaint little town tour, was all amazing. People were fantastic, we loved the pools, rooms were rustic, food was good... Def a must do.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

My partner and I stayed at Laguna Lodge in June 2013 . If its wildlife you are looking for this is the place to go. The accommodation is basic ,but its clean and comfortable. At this time of year the ceiling fan was adequate in keeping us cool at night . Our guide Mario was fantastic . With his knowledge and experience we were able to see so much wildlife. The highlight being the turtles and the amazing tree frogs !! Which I really don't think we would have found without Mario . Did not realize just how small these stunning frogs are ! This place was better than we expected ,only wish we could have stayed a little longer .

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rutherford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Our stay at the Laguna Lodge was a highlight of our stay in Costa Rica. It is so ecofriendly without being uncomfortable. Our boat tours in the rainforest with Luis as our guide were great. Lots of wildlife. We had the amazing experience during our stay to witness two giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. This is coordinated with the government and is done in small groups.
The pools are very nice. The resort is very clean. The food is good.
The town of Tortuguero is not worth visiting. Stay at the pool and stay cool!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Address: BARRA DE TORTUGUERO , CARIBE NORTE 173. | ZAPOTE Limon, Tortuguero 2015 , Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
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Ranked #2 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Laguna Lodge Tortuguero 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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