Tortuga Island
Tortuga Island
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Alcatraz and Tolinga—two tiny islands that make up Tortuga Island, off the Costa Rican coast—make for a perfect day trip in the Puntaneras region. Take a catamaran tour from Montezuma to spot dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the islands. When you get there, you can snorkel with fish in the turquoise waters or relax on Isla Tortuga’s white-sand beaches. There are plenty of rum cocktails for grownups to sip on. More adventurous travelers can go kayaking or hiking through the jungle. Beat the crowds by getting there in the early morning. – Tripadvisor
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  • Surrey 13
    London, United Kingdom1,139 contributions
    Lovely white sands
    Lovely white sands and very clear waters. Small fish and crabs are near to the shore edge. There is a number of plastic chairs and sunlungrrs to use free of charge. However the bar area only takes $. The beach is not as interesting as some other beaches
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Njdrover
    Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
    Best. Day. Ever.
    Walk don’t run to book your trip to Tortuga Island with CostaCat..an awesome nearly hour long boat ride from Los Suenos in Herradera to the most amazing beach area. A light breakfast - delicious carrot cake muffins, fresh fruit - on the boat ride and enjoy unlimited soft drinks, water, margaritas and rum punches as well as an incredibly delicious lunch at the private area of the beach. The snorkelling was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed the “calm” banana boat ride. Every single staff member works hard to make sure you are taken care of and are very attentive. It was the best day ever and then on the way back we saw dolphins!! Don’t miss out!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Ruth C
    22 contributions
    What to expect on TORTUGA island tour.
    TORTUGA island is beautiful. Know that the only way to go is by a tour, and these are VERY touristy and designed for folks who are going to party and get drunk. It’s a college party atmosphere. Loud music and lots of people flirting with the boat crew. It’s not really for people who want to convene with nature or local culture. As long as you understand what you’re getting into and you are ok with it, you can make what you want of the experience. The boat ride was nice but don’t expect to see wildlife on the trip. The snorkeling was also pleasant, but the reef is mostly dead coral. You will see fish but sadly not much other life on the reef; like most of our coral reefs globally, these are dying. The coastal scenery is the highlight of the trip, along with deer and iguanas on the adjacent forest trail. The food was also very good and the kids who crew the boat did a great job taking care of everyone.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Tom Parker
    Nevada City, California5 contributions
    Great experience
    Amazing island, calm water, we we're a party of 8 looking to avoid the paked tours, tortuga island was geat. The only way to get there is by speed boat. It's is a ride of 45 min from Puntarenas, on way we saw spider monkeys. We sail on a Big boat with a small group of 12. From Puntarenas boat leaves at 8:30.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Wnnbrb
    5 contributions
    So Worth It
    I went on this day trip thinking it was probably overpriced and just going to be like a day on any other private cruise island. Wrong! We were able to see a whale and leatherback turtles on the boat trip. The island and views were beautiful. Snorkeling was magic, like being in a giant aquarium with fish surrounding us. The staff was unbelievably attentive and enthusiastic, great people who made all the difference. You don’t have to be athletic. The food was excellent although one member of our party wasn’t fond of the free margaritas or rum punch. I have spent a lot of time in Costa Rica and this is the one adventure I will definitely go on again next trip. Far better than their competitors. Just loved every minute of it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
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Kristi K
Calgary, Canada18 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We took a private tour to Isla Tortuga for nine people (five kids and four adults) from Montezuma. Getting on and off the boat with the waves at Montezuma was an experience. Dangerous would be the key word. I would not recommend this, particularly with young children (or older adults).

We saw dolphins on the way to the island -cool. Snorkelled right before we got to the island - terrible visibility and not many fish. Got to the island and enjoyed a nice lunch and playing in the waves. The sand is lovely. The beach was quite busy. Not lovely was the amount of garbage around the island and the needle we saw lying on the beach. Seeing the needle was extremely disturbing, particularly since there are so many families there.

I would not go back and would not recommend it to people.
Written July 31, 2022
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Rory
London, UK108 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
If I could give this 0 out of 5 I would. We visited Tortuga Island for snorkelling on a weekday and there were a lot of other tourists to the extent it felt like human soup. The water was murky but, admittedly, we did see a lot of fish. However, the sheer volume of people made it very unpleasant. I’m sure better snorkelling is available elsewhere in Costa Rica. You would be better off saving your money and watching the charming romantic comedy ‘The Proposal’ starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
Written January 1, 2023
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Dave
Amsterdam, The Netherlands174 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
It’s not that we didn’t like going to Tortuga, but we might have expected more with al the stories we heard and read.
Since we’ve been to Greece before this didn’t seem as the most exotic island.

What we liked most was the overall experience of the tour going there. The seeing of a whale and dolphins. The snorkelling and the lunching with the group.

The island itself is nice but there was a lot less area accessible then we expected, and it’s crowded…
It looked nice, but since most tours give you about 2-3 hours on the island itself it might not give you the most time to really relax.
Written January 31, 2023
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Navigator42091645642
2 contributions
Mar 2023
The boat ride from Montezuma to Tortuga Island offers amazing views that would probably be unaccessible otherwise. We saw many dolphins on the way. The snorkeling is OK. My major complaint is you only get about 90 minutes total of snorkeling before you are left stranded on a very small beach with very many people for almost 3 hours. This is the majority of your day. Overall I did not feel it was best use of my day. I would have much rather gone home after the snorkeling.
Written March 24, 2023
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Helena S
14 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Best day in Costa Rica. We travel with Turismo Maritimo del Pacifico, their private service was AMAZING 10/10, we saw spider monkeys, dolphins, we did Snorkeling for almost 1 hour. I decided to rent a boat for my family and with the boat we had our private Spot on the island without crowds (private bathroom, table also drinks) We stay on Tortuga Island until 4:30 pm. I highly recommend their private service.
Written June 3, 2022
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Brett D
2 contributions
May 2022
Tell the customers how long it takes to get to the Catameran and then how long it takes to get to an island where the waters are not clear for snorkling. It is not a sandy beach it more of a broken sea shells and hard on the feet.. Almost 6hrs of travel one way and 6hrs of travel back. Not worth it at all.
Written June 6, 2022
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Gregory B
Topeka, KS228 contributions
Jun 2022
Spent one day here on a day tour from my hotel in San Jose. From San Jose it takes about one and one half hours to reach the island.
These islands are the nesting place for sea turtles and are off limits to tourism during certain time frames of the year.
The tour I took was on a catamaran and offered lunch, games and a full service bar.
This area is Costa Rica nature at its best.
All the tours vary in price and activities. Just shop around for the one that you think you would like the best..
Written June 20, 2022
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Ruth C
22 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
TORTUGA island is beautiful. Know that the only way to go is by a tour, and these are VERY touristy and designed for folks who are going to party and get drunk. It’s a college party atmosphere. Loud music and lots of people flirting with the boat crew. It’s not really for people who want to convene with nature or local culture. As long as you understand what you’re getting into and you are ok with it, you can make what you want of the experience. The boat ride was nice but don’t expect to see wildlife on the trip. The snorkeling was also pleasant, but the reef is mostly dead coral. You will see fish but sadly not much other life on the reef; like most of our coral reefs globally, these are dying. The coastal scenery is the highlight of the trip, along with deer and iguanas on the adjacent forest trail. The food was also very good and the kids who crew the boat did a great job taking care of everyone.
Written May 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

luckilife
Melbourne, Australia103 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this island. We were a party of 5, 4 adults including 2 seniors and 2 children. The tour was excellently organised by Zumba Tours. The tour operators were fun, helpful, respectful and kind, making it possible for us all to greatly enjoy the experience. We snorkelled, swam, lazed in the sun, enjoyed a delicious lunch, margaritas and the beautiful boat ride. Thank you Carlos, Whender, Gustavo and Limber. You were a joy and a pleasure to spend the day with.
Written August 13, 2022
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Lori
Mentor, OH3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Traveled to Tortuga island via the company Costa Cat from Los Suenos. Excellent top notch company, people shared that they paid between $120-$150 US, so shop around. The boat ride there we were provided a light snack, it was great, music and an excellent staff made it a fun experience. Once you arrive your directed to their beach chairs with umbrellas, very comfortable. The beach is soft with broken coral at the waters edge, so water shoes are a good option, but many people didn't bother because the amount of coral doesn't prevent you from entering the water. Next we had the option to snorkel, do it, colorful tropical schools of fish, it was the highlight of the day. Banana boat rides and hiking are available later, and they were fun too. Lunch is provided and it was excellent. The staff is amazingly attentive, at all times they are providing beverages even delivering into the shallow waters of the beach,I felt like I was in a movie.
All reviews have some negatives and this is no different. The location is beautiful, picturesque and should be pristine. But the beach has its plastic trash and so does the water, sad reminders of what we leave behind. Take the trip and enjoy!
Written February 6, 2023
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