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Turtle Beach Lodge

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Cano Palma, Tortuguero 1, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Do not come here if you want a five (or even three or four) star beach resort experience. TBL is very basic indeed, in every respect. On the other hand, if you want to have a very authentic and close to nature look at Tortuguero, I doubt that anyone else does it better. Our guide, Fernando, was one of the... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The rooms are nothing special, also isn't the food. But for real: This place is in the jungle, the only way you can get there is by boat. I knew for myself it wouldn't be a luxury way to live there and I was ok with it. You can't take a bath in the sea or the canals because of... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The trip out to the lodge is breathtaking and magical—winding your way by boat through rivers and canals and ending up on a rainforest path, with an umbrella drink in hand, being led to your room. By the time I checked in I had already seen amazing birds, spider monkeys and crocodiles. The outdoor setting is lush and beautiful. The... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We went to Turtle Beach with 2 kids 9 and 7. We all enjoyed every second of the stay there. Especially the morning hike on the river was magical. We were happy to see a lot of birds, monkeys and lizards thanks to the experienced guides. The beach is wonderful but not that good for bathing. The garden with the... More 

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A great vacation to escape from your regular hectic life. No cell phones, internet or constant sound bites of news. The lodge is surrounded by jungle, water and wildlife. The staff was always polite and helpful and the lodging and grounds are exremely clean and well-kept. The rooms are simple but all that is really needed - clean, hot water,... More 

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New York, NY
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It is set in a fascinating area of Costa Rica with canals which permit viewing wildlife from boats, but it rained heavily and often. I did not like that we were forced to land in and spend about an hour in the town of Tortuguero, after about an hour's boat trip from the docks in Pavano, and then about another... More 

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Benicia, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

It rained. Period. We had a great time overall, but we started and had to restart activities due to heavy rain. The staff was fine and Marvin, our tour guide for the two days we were there, was excellent. He was always looking for things to show us and for things for us to do, even in the rain. Getting... More 

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Wicklow, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Stayed here over new year. Great fun getting there on the boat. A welcome drink and then straight to room which was clean and comfortable. Food buffet style not great and I hated being told we had to sit at a certain table because we had to sit with our group. Not good !!!!! Good trips with good guides. Staff... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We took the 3-day-2-night package at the end of November. Saw quite a few beautiful birds (we are not birdwatchers), some caymans, and best of all howler and spider monkeys in the trees above the resort. Had perfect weather on the way in, the next morning’s early tour was delayed by epic rain (actually normal for here), and then decent... More 

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Owen Sound, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My wife and I have just returned from our trip to Costa Rica which included our second visit to the Turtle Beach Lodge over the Christmas season. We have only positive things to say about our visit - the amazing boat trip through the rainforest, the included wildlife & jungle tours, the simple but tasty meals, the remote beauty, the... More 

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