We enjoyed our stay at Manatus.
The big advantage is the airco. The food is very good (menu style, no buffet) and varied. Extra drinks not too expensive. Nice swimming pool and friendly staff.
The boattours are enjoyable, although 2x three hour boat tour instead of a 2x two hour tour would be even nicer.
There is a small jungle trail behind the hotel, full of mosquitos and little poison dart frogs.
The only thing we didn't like were the transfers to the lodge and Tortoguero village. As rather independant travellers, we don't like to be treated in a 'school-like' way with 'school-like' information that is repeated over and over.
We did in mid July the turtle egg laying tour. Saw some turtles come ashore but they didn't lay eggs. A pity we missed it but that's unpredictable nature.
Nevertheless, we had a very enjoyable stay and we would recommend this hotel. If you stay longer than two nights, it is probably a good idea to contact in Tortuguero village, some local people to do extra boattours in smaller boats or kayaks so that you can enjoy the smaller canals in Tortuguero National Park.
- 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