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How crowded is Tortuga Island?

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How crowded is Tortuga Island?

We're headed to Ylang Ylang at the beginning of February. We're thinking about taking the trip to Tortuga Island, but I'm concerned that there will be lots of other boats and people there (cruiser's shore excursion central). Does it get fairly busy? We might do a half day of fishing, so we would get some time on the water doing that. Would we see just as much pretty scenery and beaches, and encounter less people if we spent the day at the Curu Reserve?

Playa Guiones...
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1. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

I was going to take the Tortuga tour last month but ended up going to Brasilito instead. I can only imagine that the island would be very crowded at the beginning of Feb, as that is high season and it's a very popular tour in that area!

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

It is usually crowded however you normally have a great time there. It is a nice place.

London, Canada
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3. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

We just returned from CR and visited Tortuga Is with a cataramaran trip on Dec 30 2011. Each tour company has their own chunk of the beach staked out with dining tables and a cooking shelter. We didn't see more than 5 boats moored offshore and some left the beach before we did. There was a small gift shop there. We saws lots of wildlife including deer, turkey, wild pig/boar, peacocks, and local birds (they were kept) incl macaws and a parrot.

The beach is only about 1/2 km long and it was busy but since it's high season we were prepared for that. There is lots of beach between trees and water so it didn't feel too crowded. We enjoyed snorkelling (there is a boat to take you out to a nearby spot) and the banana boat + a good lunch of ceviche, chicken and salads plus a few Imperial beers. Other than the beach area though, there is really no where to walk or explore as everything seems to be off-limits.

All in all it was a decent outing with 4 adults 2 kids under 7 yrs old and nice to sail on a cataramaran for something different.

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4. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

Hmmm...guess we'll have to play it by ear and see how we feel once we are there. Thanks for the replies!

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5. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

The island stinks. It's very crowded, but the snorkeling with curu that makes a stop there is very nice and the park curu is really good too. The guides are extremely informative. It's a nice little known spot.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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6. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

Incredible nice place...a lot of fun...most of the time some people but never like a East coast beach during the summer time...those are really stinky places!


Grecia, Costa Rica
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for Province of Alajuela
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7. Re: How crowded is Tortuga Island?

When I was there last there were about 5 or 6 boats anchored. IMO not crowded and worth the trip.

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