My family of four stayed here over the Thanksgiving 2006 holiday - we had an amazing time. Las Tortugas isn't for the snooty - but it's a perfect place for families and singletons looking for a relaxing, quiet place to enjoy the surf, flora and fauna, see the turtles lay their eggs and meet interesting people from around the world. Accommodations are very clean and comfortable -- decorated with local style and an eye toward protecting the local reserve from nightime light. Hotel design is lovely, with a wonderful veranda for reading and a great restaurant. Best part is the people -- Lous, Carrie and Brittany, along with their support staff, are genuinely caring and hospitable folks. Several posters have commented on Las Tortugas being remote - while removed from the congestion of Tamarindo, it's a pleasant hike and boat ride into town. It proved a good jumping off location -- I recommend renting a 4X4 for adventures to Rincon de la Vieja, Witches Rock/Ollie's, Playas Avellanas and Negra...
You won't get room service or cable. You will get great memories and experiences - and fall in love with the country and its people.
The only thing we would have done differently was start taking brewers yeast or garlic tablets a month before (mosquitos are pretty active) and made sure we brought lots of biodegradeable sunscreen: it's better for the environment than the drugstore shelf stuff we were using. $$ saving tip (the hotel restaurant is actually very reasonable by US standards) - eat a few meals at Kike's (keeKAYs), just a 10 minute walk down the road. Smart Tip: Have Francisco pick you up from the Liberia airport and have your rental car delivered to the hotel from Tamarindo -- totally worth it after a long flight it (and the cost of the extra day of car and having a driver pick you up offsets itself pretty much.)
Pura Vida! The Galloways
- Also Known As:
- Las Tortugas Hotel
- Las Tortugas Playa Grande
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small, ecotouristic hotel located directly on the beach in Playa Grande with our rooms, pool, jacuzzi, open-air restaurant/bar, and hammock area just steps from the sand and the main surf peak in Playa Grande. We offer every kind of accommodation and price range with small economy rooms on the beachfront property with AC and private hotwater bathrooms starting at $25/night and our honeymoon suite with oceanview between $70 and $130/night depending on the season. We also offer economical apartments with kitchenette facilities up the road from the hotel, just a five minute walk to the beach. All of our apartment guests enjoy full access to the beachfront hotel amenities. ... more less