I am having second thoughts about visiting Tortuguero as part of a package arrangement. Part of the trepidation is wondering if my original choice (Turtle Beach Lodge) is as good as the TA reviews suggest. They are so much more economical than all the other package facilities I looked at, that it makes me wonder if there's a catch. The other source of second thoughts is that I am trying, within reason, to lean more small/personal/authentic versus large/mainstream for our trip as a whole and I am thinking a self-arranged visit at a place in town might suit the theme better. So, my questions for the helpful folks here....
1. Basically, what I would be giving up is the packaged meals and transport, the pool, and on-property trails/facilities. More or less correct?
2. What can i roughly expect (ballpark) to pay for parking at the dock and boat fare if we travel ourselves? (Group of three)
3. Anyone personally familiar with or stayed at Marbella? Would you recommend them?
Thanks so much in advance,