Have you heard about Tortuguero National Park, located at the Caribbean side of Costa Rica? This nature lover’s paradise is a remote exotic land that embraces 11 ecological habitats, from high rainforest to marsh communities. There is also a narrow lagoon, long stretches of beach, wide open canals and amazing wildlife, including endangered mammals, such as wild cats, jaguars, dantas, manatees, sloths and three species of monkeys. You can find up to 405 species of birds and amphibians, reptiles, like caimans, crocodiles, snakes and river & sea turtles, and fish and insects.
Tortuguero or “Region of Turtles” is a nesting ground for sea turtles every year from July to mid-October. It’s a key nesting area specifically for leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles. It was declared a national park in 1975 to protect the green turtle population from extinction.
Tortuguero can be accessed by boat or by local flight only, so this will be also part of your adventure. When you access it by boat, you will be impressed by the magnificence of the canals and wildlife you will see during your journey to the lodge. Now that you have the scenery of this spectacular rainforest, you just have to complete the experience with the perfect place to stay: A small, charming and romantic luxury hotel in Tortuguero, Manatus Hotel provides VIP services, a charming spa, and fine cuisine, created and designed to give you a first class vacation in the jungle.
The weather in Tortuguero is warm and humid throughout the year. However, when you open your bungalow’s door, you will find a fresh and tropical room in which to enjoy the wilderness without sacrificing comfort. The rooms are comfortable; the air-conditioning in the room is a welcome treat after a day of jungle exploring. Also, each room features an outdoor private patio with shower, minibar and satellite TV (in case you don’t want to miss a game, news or your favorite show).
The hotel is small, with only 12 bungalows, and offers a very personal family feel. The staff is very attentive and kind, so the guests receive personalized service since day one to the end of their stays. Excursions are always organized in small groups, and guides are very friendly, approachable and extremely knowledge, especially Luis, who is a native of Tortuguero and knows everything about the history of Tortuguero National Park, how the community has developed, and the animal species and vast vegetation of the area.
The stylish restaurant and bar serve excellent gourmet food, from an a la carte menu, and great service; so be prepared to have your senses delighted by the Afro-Caribbean fusion menu, exclusively designed by a famous international chef.
A peaceful pool overlooking the Tortuguero canals is the perfect complement to the harmony that you will experience during your vacation at Manatus Hotel. Here, you’ll really get the impression of being one with the wilderness.
The spa is waiting if you wish to receive a relaxing massage; or, if you prefer to explore the forest, you can also tour the private forest reserve where you can see a variety of birds and multicolored frogs.
At the end of your trip, you can take the boat back to the dock or take a local flight to San José.
The planes fly at a low altitude, allowing you to see the beautiful landscape below, and save you time in getting to your next destination.
We highly recommend visiting Manatus and experiencing a luxury stay in Tortuguero, where the spectacular nature blends with the comfort of this exclusive hotel.