I came to Costa Rica with my 2 kids (12 & 10) and my husband. Our first stop was in Tortuguero for an unknown number of days. I must say, our time there was excellent. We arrived via Nature Air from San Jose and Jeff was waiting there for us with the resorts boat to pick us up. It was raining pretty hard and was cool outside - Sue was waiting for us to return and gave us warm tea and coffee and fresh banana bread. We instantly felt welcome here.
We got into our 4 person cabana - which was awesome. there was shelves and room under the beds to put our luggage. It was also nice to have the kids sleeping in different beds and not having to share. I had the best nap that day - the cabanas have lots of screens around it instead of solid walls, so I could hear the rain, the monkeys and feel the breeze from the jungle. For the same reasons sleeping at night was some of the best sleeps - you are somedays woke up early by the howler monkeys, which is pretty cool. After all isn't that why you are in Costa Rice - to experience the jungle?
I was pretty hot there so the kids spent lots of time in the pool to cool off. It is a small pool, but big enough for the kids to have fun in and for me to cool off in only to return to the beautiful sunshine.
Jeff and Sue had a platform set up with fruit that encouraged toucans and other birds as well as beautiful butterflies to come feed at a close distance.
Being surrounded by the jungle made it easy to see wildlife and Jeff and Sue would point stuff out as they would see it throughout the day. We also did a night tour right from the property - that was awesome!!
If we needed anything - Jeff and Sue were more than happy to accommodate - from being up early to feed breakfast to making sure we had a water taxi to pick us up to seeing us off on our final day.
The highlight for my husband and son had to be the fishing. They caught a 90lb tarpon, a 40 lb stingray and some other fish. Jeff & the fishing guide were great in helping with bringing in these fish. The boat was great for getting the fishermen in and out of the sea.
All in all, this was the favourite part of our trip and definitely plan to return to Toucan & Tarpon Lodge in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer nightly and long-term stays and also fishing packages (we owned & operated a fishing lodge in Canada's remote north for 18 years), and can arrange travel to Tortuguero from San Jose, as well as jungle and turtle tours with local guides. We are two minutes from the village centre yet completely removed from the hustle of village life. We offer a true jungle experience. We have a small yoga studio (the only one in Tortuguero), and a canoe to borrow (and which we use, with motor, for fully-guided river tours/fishing on a budget). ... more less
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