We booked a two night package at Manatus. We were picked up very early in San Jose. There were only four of us on the shuttle bus. The driver didn't speak english, but there was another staff member on board who spoke very good english and acted as a guide. Aaron pointed out different plants and highlights on the trip to La Pavona where we met the boat. The scenery was beautiful. The van was comfortable and clean. The boat was definately a bit fancier than the others waiting at La Pavona!
The rooms at the hotel are huge, spotlessly clean and beautiful. The outdoor shower is a nice touch. We lucked out and had fantastic, hot weather! Not a drop of rain; we definately used the air conditioning! The pool was very clean, a staff member was always around to scoop out leaves! The grounds are beautifully manicured with some short hiking trails. There are howler monkeys who visit the property and plenty of iguanas lounging in the sun!
The food was exceptional. This the only hotel in Tortuguero that doesn't offer meals by buffet only. The menu was small, but there were nice choices for all types of preferences. The meals were presently very nicely and were tasty.
The staff were all very helpful, spoke at least some english and went out of their way to meet the guests' every request. The tour guide was entertaining, bilingual and a whiz at spotting wildlife. We saw turtles, three kinds of monkeys, lizards, and birds. We did the optional night turtle tour and watched a green sea turtle nest. Amazing! Not to be missed if you are there during nesting season. We used the hotel kayaks on our own too. The boat was well maintained and we were given appropriate safety equipment.
Tortuguero is a unique and fascinating place. Manatus is a perfect spot for enjoying it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
- Manatus Hotel Costa Rica/Tortuguero