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Standing on a narrow strip of land between the Caribbean and the lagoon from which it takes its name, Laguna Lodge is close to the beach where various species of turtle land to lay their eggs.  

Founded in 1990, the ecolodge has 100 spacious standard rooms with views of the garden and surrounding rainforest, as well as private bathroom (hot water), ceiling fan, reading lamps and a wooden bench where you can sit and admire the vegetation. The open-air restaurant, which like the bar is decorated with driftwood collected from the beach and treated in the hotel's workshop, looks over the lagoon with fine views of the local boat traffic. The gardens contain a botanical garden and frog pond. 

The buffet-style meals include a variety of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, and coffee/tea and biscuits are available around the clock. Two or three-day all-inclusive packages include boat transport to and from the lodge, all meals, a morning boat trips along the waterways of Tortuguero National Park with a local naturalist guide, a guided visit to the local village and national park facilities. During the turtle nesting season you can take an optional guided night walk to search for these gentle creatures on the beach, which is one of the most important nesting sites in the entire Western Caribbean.  Another optional trip is a dawn boat ride through the canals. The hotel can also arrange fishing.

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Natural Highlights

An exceptional trip to discover Costa Rica’s abundant birds and wildlife amid its forests, lagoons and beaches. Highlights include the canals of Tortuguero, Arenal’s volcanic landscapes and howler monkeys, spectacular birdwatching in Monteverde’s cloud forests, canopy walkways and idyllic beaches.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This family trip has plenty of interesting activities to introduce you to tropical wildlife, yet there is also ample time to relax (all hotels have a pool) if you wish. The distances are not great, so you won’t waste time travelling, but have maximum opportunity to enjoy Costa Rica to the full.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Tortuguero National Park

A vast area of untouched rainforest on a remote stretch of Caribbean coast, where beaches, canals and wetlands create an astonishing biodiversity. Activities centre on boat trips through the freshwater creeks and lagoons. Green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles come ashore here to lay their eggs.

  • Where: Limon Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Baird’s tapir, green turtle, spectacled caiman, spider monkey, three-toed sloth
  • Excellent for: River safaris