Laguna Lodge is situated between the sea and some natural and some man-made waterways, through tropical rainforest on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Accommodation is in spacious, bungalow-like rooms with verandahs. The rooms have their own very well equipped bathrooms and are also equipped with safes. The buildings have been designed with great imagination, richly decorated with original mosaics. I was strongly reminded of Gaudi's mosaic decorations in Barcelona as the long seat that greets you as your boat arrives at the landing stage (access to the Lodge is by boat) is resplendent with beautiful mosaics illustrating the wildlife of the area. The dining room overlooks a wide waterway. One morning, at breakfast, a crocodile mooched moodily past and on another occasion, a small pod of dolphins played nearby. The food is plentiful and there is always a good choice of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as cooked dishes to choose from. There are two swimming pools on this site and, if you are lucky, you may well see toucans in the trees that surround them and iguana, too. The site has an extensive botanical garden incorporated into it and you can go for a guided walk of this with very well-informed guides who will tell you all about the properties of the plants growing there. We went on tours of the rainforest waterways and saw a myriad of wildlife@ howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-throated Capuchins, kingfishers, river turtles, caymans basking on log piles or in the silty rims of the water, fishing cormorants (Aninga Aninga) drying their wings in the sun as they don't have waterproof feathers, Northern Jacanas - I could go on! We also went turtle spotting and had the great joy and excitement of watching a huge turtle deposit her eggs into the sand hole she had dug and the, with slow determination, packing them round with the warm, damp sand.
- Also Known As:
- Laguna Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
- Laguna Lodge Tortuguero Costa Rica