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Tortuga del Mar
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“They Got It Right!”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

Probably the best value in Playa Hermosa. Here’s what to expect:

Accommodations - We stayed in their “XL Studio”. The room was very clean, all lights and fixtures were serviceable. Floors are an attractive tile, appropriate for beach front accommodations. The air conditioning worked properly, was very efficient and kept the room comfortably cool. I was there a week and had the opportunity to check out the other rooms. All were maintained to the same high standard. The Cleaning Staff deserves a special mention for both their thorough job of cleaning each day and for the extras such as their sense of humor and towel folding art.

View – The hotel sits directly on a black sand beach with beautiful cliffs at the end.

Wildlife – As their website said, we were routinely treated to red macaws flying overhead and fussing.

Food - There is no restaurant at this hotel. They have a microwave oven, refrigerator and coffee pot in each room. The only place to get an inexpensive meal is at a “Soda”. One higher cost Soda is within walking distance, three lower costing (~$7 USD/meal with one beer) Soda’s were a 5 minute drive down the road.

Hospitality – Till & Lillie are exceptionally hospitable managers. Communications before and during the stay was excellent. Time spent with us recommending restaurants, sightseeing options, surfing options and directions went above and beyond

Honesty & Security – We were charged exactly what was advertised. We left a tip for one of the maids who did not take it thinking we absent mindedly left Colons lying around. Rooms all have safes. Clearly, if you were leave something outside it will likely disappear as in most every tourist destination. But I must say, several people left surfboards, towels, sandals and such out all day and no thefts were reported during the week I was there.

Guests – This is a hotel, not a surf camp, but due to its location many surfers stay here. When we were there, we were the only Americans. Most of the guests were surfers from Europe, everyone spoke English. Apparently members of the Professional Surfing Community stay at the Tortuga too.

Access to surf – You can’t get much closer to a Playa Hermosa surf break than the Tortuga Del Mar. However, we were there the last week of August and it was bone crunching surf. I was the only long boarder in our group. Hermosa is a beach break. The waves set up nice, several were short peelers and I got some great rides, but be warned, this is a short board break during the summer months. To get the most out of a surf session you must duck dive in order to get out. When Hermosa waves lay down it is for a very short period of time. I waited as much as twenty-five minutes for an opportunity to “sprint out” into the line-up. But Jaco is a 5-minute drive away. 90 minutes prior to high tide and 30 minutes after high tide in Jaco is the time to surf it for long-boarders and short boarders alike.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2011

This hotel is beautiful, has very nice and comfortable rooms, a garden and well maintained pool and nice and helpful staff. The view from next to the pool was gorgeous. The bed and shower in the room were very good. There was a fridge in the room and a water cooker. We had a GREAT time there. We did not have a single complaint.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Belgium
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2011

First of, I would like to emphasize that it's not in my habits to give too many compliments to a hotel, but in that very case it's more than justified. We we lucky enough to have a room available since we arrived there in "walk-in" mode. Till, the owner is a very cool and professional guy, moreover very fluent in French, he perfectly knows the region !! He is doing his utmost to help you and let you have comfortable stay.
The place is cozy rooms are clean, convenient and have all the needed amenities and are decorated with much taste. You will feel very relaxed there all you hear is the sound of the Pacific Ocean. Some very nice restaurants in the close neighbourhood. Definitely my best lodging surprise in Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa is a relaxing village to stay at !

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 6, 2011

We came to Tortuga del Mar for my sister's wedding in Costa Rica. The owners of the hotel, a husband and wife, were amazingly accommodating and even set up the room for the bride and groom for their return from the wedding. The rooms were great, exactly what we needed. Nothing overly fancy, but nothing was missing either. We had a full fridge, a kitchen sink, and a microwave. There was a stand up shower and a sink in the bathroom as well. And the housekeepers would make shapes from the towels and place flowers across the beds. Beautiful. And did I mention the landscaping? Everything about this place was perfect. I can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Only two rooms face the ocean
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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70 reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

We were so lucky to have stayed at Tortuga del Mar during our trip to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Till and Lili are so incredibly nice and helpful, they made are our at Tortuga feel like our second home. It was our first time surfing so Till and Lili introduced us to Roberto and he was awesome! He was super nice and outgoing, a great person. Ask for Roberto if you're looking for surf lessons.

We had a beachfront view studio. The view is amazing. Waking up to the sound of the waves was priceless. There is a mini super market, a handful of restaurants and two surf shops in a less than 5 minute walk. Las Olas had great breakfast and Vista Hermosa was our go-to dinner spot. The staff at both those restaurants were great as well.

We can't wait to visit Hermosa again soon, definitely will be looking to stay at Tortuga del Mar again for many years to come!!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
Reviewed March 18, 2011

Having traveled the entirety of Costa Rica over the past 15 years, my spouse and I been guests at nearly 50 hotels. Five of those hotels have been in the Bejuco/Hermosa/Jaco area. Tortuga Del Mar gave us the finest experience we've ever enjoyed in the area, by far.

The welcome we received by Till and Lilly was like coming home to family. Location is excellent - close to Highway 34, but set off just enough so highway noises are cancelled by the song of the surf. Room size is generous, but not ridiculous. Design and decor is higher-end Tico, maintain traditional feel, and are spotless.

Service is spot on. Very "hands on," Till and Lilly are always with in eye-shot or ear-shot of their guests, and happy to help with any situation - advice, recommendations, directions, you name it.

Open your windows and doors to receive fresh ocean breezes and drink in the beautiful impeccably maintained gardens - priceless feature, but included in the very reasonable room pricing. Air conditioning is available, but usually not necessary. Separating the property from the beach, the pool is beautiful - big enough for swimming laps or relaxing, but not to big.

And the bonus? Beach and surf is only a few steps from any room on the property. The beach is one of the largest and cleanest with in several kilometers, and the surf is world class.

A number of very good restaurants and bars are an easy walk up or down the beach. While they're also accessable by car, the walk is highly recommended - this is an environment you'll want to soak in during the entirety of your stay.

If you require a little more excitement and "urban" feel, Jaco is close enough (5 minute drive or cab ride) to feel any needs for eating, shopping, partying, and playing, but just far enough away to not be a distraction.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed February 1, 2011

This hotel was nothing short of amazing. I contacted them initially after seeing pictures on their facebook of the surf break directly in front of their hotel. They responded very promptly to my emails and were very helpful in getting information about the area, activities (besides surfing) and transportation. They arranged the transportation from and to the airport.
The hotel itself is impressive. The grounds are beautifully landscaped; the rooms are clean, simple, and functional (microwave, fridge, utensils;) and staff are very friendly. When we checked in we were give a paper map of Playa Hermosa with a list of restaurants, surfboard rentals and helpful information that made navigating SO much easier! They also have free wifi at the hotel.
I definitely believe that staying at Tortuga Del Mar made our stay in Playa Hermosa and Costa Rica a better experience. Lili and Till were so helpful with everything and are genuinely nice people. It was our pleasure to meet them and I really appreciate how they helped to make our trip into such a great experience. We will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tortuga del Mar
Address: Behind the school & soccer field, beachfront., Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Playa Hermosa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Playa Hermosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Tortuga Del Mar Hotel Playa Hermosa
Tortuga Del Mar Costa Rica/Playa Hermosa

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