Tortuga Lodge & Gardens


Tortuguero's best lodge

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens a charming luxury ecolodge on the Caribbean coast, tucked between the Tortuguero River and its very own 26-hectare private nature reserve.

Taking inspiration from the region’s heritage and vibrant culture, 29 rooms and suites are found in colourful Victorian plantation-style buildings, with breezy porches and balconies to take in river views. The open-air restaurant is a highlight – candlelit in the evenings – serving Costa Rican and Caribbean dishes made with local produce.

Daily nature walks are led by experienced naturalist guides, who also lead tours to turtle nesting sites, boat rides, kayaking trips, twilight nature hikes and more. Free fishing poles and tranquil sitting areas and hammocks make it easy to relax and enjoy the surroundings if you fancy being less active.


At a glance

  • 29 rooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Private reserve and hiking trails

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    An extraordinary rainforest immersion awaits you on boat tours of Tortuguero National Park. Among the hundreds of bird, mammal, and reptile species that inhabit the area, you’ll likely see troops of spirited howler monkeys, capuchins northern jacana waterfowl and caimans.

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    Tortuguero National Park takes its name from the thousands of green sea turtles who return to shore between July and October every year to lay eggs, hatching around two months later. Other species such as hawksbill, loggerhead and giant leatherback turtles can be seen earlier in the year.



    Kayak through the majestic canals and rainforest for a more active exploration of the national park.

Community & Culture

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is part of the Boena Wilderness Lodges who believe responsible tourism should benefit local communities and take great strides to ensure it happens. Tourism is the primary source of income for the residents of Tortuguero and its neighbor San Francisco. And no one knows and loves this area more than the people that live here.

All of the lodge’s staff are local, and their love for their home is reflected in the genuinely friendly and personalized service they provide. To support their development, they offer regular training opportunities so they can learn new skills and grow professionally.

They also partake in community outreach, such as supporting the local recycling initiative and developing educative curricula that strengthen environmental awareness among our youth and school children. One such program is a Tortuga Lodge & Gardens sponsored visit to Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge, where students learn about protecting local resources and putting sustainability into action. The lodge has also helped upgrade school infrastructure.

Boena strives to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the regions where they operate. The lodge itself was restored to showcase the local heritage, with rooms named after renowned residents from the area.

In addition, Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is a proud sponsor of the local Caribbean School of Music. Through monthly donations, over thirty children have the opportunity to learn about Caribbean-style music and are encouraged to spread culture and art in Tortuguero and San Francisco.


Tortuga Lodge & Gardens embraces a number of sustainability practices. These include sourcing over half the lodge’s energy needs from solar panels and biodigesters to create the methane gas used by the kitchen to prepare staff meals. Drinking water is purified with a high-tech system of filters and ultraviolet light, eliminating the use of bottled water (in fact no single-use plastics here), numerous water-saving measures have been implemented and greywater is treated in special tanks.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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