- Reviews: 378
Miss Junies: A classic
When visiting the Tortuguero area, you first have to decide if you'll be staying in the city or in one of the lodges. Most people stay in lodges, even flying in from San Jose, and taking their wallet for a spin. Lodges are luxurious, complete, comfortable accomodations. But expensive too. Shop around, you'll see if they could fit in your budget. It didn't in ours.
But staying in the city gives you that extra feeling of the surroundings, makes it more real. We weren't disapointed at all to be in a less expensive accomodation. Quite the contrary as I found Tortuguero to be my favorite place in Costa Rica (yet!).
Miss Junies is an institution in the area. A huge house enclosing 12 little cabinas at the north end of the village. Half of them with a view on the ocean and half of them with a view on the river (and sunset) as the hotel ground his on a land about 200m wide.
Nice little cabinas with bathroom, hot water shower, thoughtfully decorated bed and chairs, large windows and patio furnitures to enjoy the terrace. Breakfast included and served in the dinning room of the house next door. We paid 30$ a night.
This is were I fell in love with Tortuguero! The big windows to catch the warm sun going down on the river, the soft voice of the ocean putting us to sleep, the colorful plants and flowers, the tall trees, the songs of the Montezuma Oropendola nesting in them. Olga, one of the most colorful woman I've ever met, always attentive to our needs, a table to cut our watermelon, a swipe of broom after our fishing excursion, incredible and funny story about the village... and THE MOST delicious meals of your trip.
We had to make a reservation to the restaurant so we asked her to cook us fishes for dinner that night. Wow, it blew our minds away. Later that week, she agreed to cook the fish our guide caught in the river. Wow again. See more in the restaurant tip, because even if you don't spend the night here, you should come by for a delicious meals of perfect local food.
- Reviews: 35
Miss Miriam's: Quiet seaside hotel
A pleasant hotel close to the Caribbean. Located near the soccer field, the 2nd story rooms have views of the ocean and benefit from the ocean breezes. My room which had a double bed and twin bed, fan, hot shower and three large windows cost $15 per night.
Clean rooms, comfortable beds. Music was played fairly loudly in the evenings, but was conscientiously turn off before 9pm.
The attached restaurant serves up traditional Costa Rican food. However, their twist on beans and rice (think coconut milk) is really good!
Miss Miriam died last year but one of her daughters now runs the place and is assisted by her American husband.
Miss Miriam's conveniently has a restaurant attached and is also next door to the home of Don Chico, an excellent and experienced guide.
- Reviews: 2
Hotels, Cabins, Camping in Tortuguero Village: Local Hotels in the actual town
to see the webpages for each of these hotels in town.
Cabinas Balcón del Mar
El Icacó B&B
Cabinas Meris (Meriscar)
Cabinas Tropical Lodge
Casa Marbella Bed and Breakfast
El Muellecito Cabinas
Mi Casa Su Casa
They are all very close to the beach (within 100 yards), some are right on the beach itself. All are within a two or three minute walk of the National Park entrance, within a five minute walk of the turtle museum, and from all these hotels you can walk to the evening turtle tours within minutes.
- Reviews: 882
Pachira Lodge: No cars for three days in the jungle
We stayed two nights at Pachira Lodge on a Caravan Tour. We arrived there by boat, cruising through the canals and the Tortuguero River. It rained the entire day we arrived, it rained through the evening and all night but the next morning we woke up to a sunny day.
We were only allowed one piece of carry on luggage due to weight restrictions on the small boat. We also took a backpack with us. Each unit has four rooms with two double beds. Pachira Lodge has NO hairdryers and no shampoo or conditioner. I used hairspray to style my hair after my many dips in their two lovely pools.
We found the room clean and the beds comfy. The walls were all wood in our room, three were painted and one was mahogony. We were requested not to put paper in the toilets and small waste cans lined with plastic bags were provided in the bathrooms. I "got used to it". There was hot water in the shower but not in the sinks. There were only screens on the windows and no airconditioning but there was a ceiling fan. No telephone and no TV. Yikes. They did have FREE Internet access near the restaurant.
If it is raining, you have to walk to the restaurant in the rain - so bring umbrellas and slickers. We wanted to do something different for our winter getaway and we sure did!
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Their lovely restaurant had only screened walls and doors and it was huge. The meals were included in our tour and they were wonderful. They offered fresh pineapple every morning along with fresh papaya and watermelon. Pancakes and ham and omelettes were offered at the buffet bar. Of course their coffee is aromatic and always available. I just had to follow my nose to find some on a table near their office or restaurant. Our evening meals consisted of a lovely salad bar, squash soup, pasta and thin but very tasty spaghetti sauce, mixed veggies (fresh grown) and chicken in a yummy sauce. Also a dish that is like potatoes called cassava. Pretty good. Dessert was so-so cheesecake on a crust. The next evening we had fish which was excellent, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, cream of vegetable soup, and chicken. A pasta bar was available so I went up to it and got a huge plate of pasta to share with the others at our table. Dessert was flam. Hmmmm.
There are two lovely pools here shaped like turtles; one is near the restaurant and other is deeper in the property near the other lodge. There were also waterfalls at each pool.
The waterfall by the restaurant did not work the first day but they did get it fixed.
- Reviews: 547
Pachira Lodge: Stay among Nature.
This is a beautiful lodge with 4 room cottages set out among beautiful tropical plantings. Walkways between cottages are raised because sometimes during the rainy season, it's flooded. There are 2 beautiful pools that are shaped like sea turtles, one at each end of the resort of 88 rooms. There is electricity and rooms have ceiling fans but no air conditioning. There is a large screened in dining hall where excellent meals are served buffet style. The food is plentiful and very good. A bar provided calpyso type music at night as well as all types of refreshments.
- Reviews: 21
Pachira Lodge: Nice lodge
We stayed for 2 nights. Nice place, rooms and buffet were ok. Great pool right beside the river. Bathrooms a bit old and simple but... hey you're in the jungle baby¡. Quite clean in general.
Try to get a room close to lobby otherwise you'll have to walk 1 km.
Nice people working there.
There's no laundry as it's in the very forest and they've got enough with their own (bedding, tables, towels,etc). But if you gently ask the maids, with a little tip, you'll get your own.
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