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Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga)
Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga)

Tortuga Island (Isla Tortuga)

The Basics

While a mix of activities, such as hiking, canopy tours, and pickup volleyball games keep visitors well entertained on land, most travelers visit Tortuga Island for its waters. The volcanic reef surrounding the island is home to diverse wildlife, such as moray eels, spinner dolphins, and octopi—plus three shipwrecks—which make it a great spot to snorkel or dive.

Tortuga Island is an ideal day trip destination, with day trip cruises typically running from San Jose and Jaco on mainland Costa Rica and allowing visitors to glide past some of the 23 islands scattered around the Gulf of Nicoya. Opt for a glass-bottom boat or sea kayak tour for a chance to admire the underwater scenery without getting wet

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Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco
Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco
$138.00 per adult
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Amazing time with an...
Amazing time with an amazing friend!!! They had an awesome and amazing crew!! Great food and drinks a must do again!! will definitely recommend white sand beach and clear blue waters
Roberta_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jaco

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The trip was wonderful...
Margie_P, Jul 2022
Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from San José
The trip was wonderful and relaxing. Josue ( ho shway) was an excellent guide- very informative and attentive to the guest’s needs. The staff on the boat to the island all superb.
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Full Day Isla Tortuga
Kitty_L, Jul 2022
Full Day Isla Tortuga with Lunch from San José
April was so kind and sweet. She explained everything very well. The driver was awesome as well. I believe his name was JR. I really enjoyed the trip!
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Day trip to Tortuga
Jeffey_C, Jul 2022
Tortuga Island Full Day Tour - Puntarenas.
Everything was perfect. Great day getting to see monkeys, fish while snorkeling, great food when we got to Tortuga island and the hosts were very helpful and kind. And I love supporting a local family run business.
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Fun time, beautiful island.
Rachael_L, Jul 2022
Full Day Excursion to Tortuga Island from Puntarenas
The crew all worked so hard to make the day great for everyone. The banana boat rides are included as was the rum punch. We were under the impression the snorkeling was included, but had to pay $20 for that on the boat.
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Staff is very nice and...
Keith_M, Jul 2022
Tortuga Island Full Day Tour - Puntarenas.
Staff is very nice and knowledgeable, beach is beautiful and snorkeling was awesome, very relaxing day.
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The staffs were so...
songnam, May 2022
Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from San José
The staffs were so friendly. The boat ride to the island is 2 hours long, slow compare to other boats, but they make it fun by providing drinks and snacks throughout the trip. The DJ playing non-stop on the top level. Just make a note that the trip from San Jose is long and you might not get back to your hotel until 8-9pm. Our pickup at 5am (first pickup) and last to drop off at 9pm. Service is great and totally recommended this Company for this tour.
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Friendly staff, perfect day trip
Hillary_R, Apr 2022
Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly - my grandma relies on a walker or wheelchair to get around. The staff was able to safely get her on and off the boat, onto the beach and would frequently check on her. Tortuga Island was beautiful and the perfect day trip!
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Costa Rica birthday trip 🙌🎉👏🎆💕😻🎂🎈💗❤️💋🥳🌞💘💞😘
Bridget_l, Mar 2022
Full Day Tour to Tortuga Island from Jaco
My trip was awesome we had a great experience this is our first time to talk to the island and it was so beautiful the sand was sugary and the water was beautifully turquoise blue I recommend this trip to anybody looking to have a a full day of relaxation fun and food.
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Great tour, great value - the guides were so nice and the scenery amazing!
David_L, Mar 2022
Isla Tortuga Adventure tour - from Jaco
Seeing the monkeys, snorkeling, the fabulous lunch, and enjoying the beautiful beach made this trip wonderful!
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Really Great! Definitely Recommended!
Harshita_S, Feb 2022
Isla Tortuga Adventure tour - from Jaco
Really great experience! Everyone was so attentive and helpful, definitely recommend this trip to others! And our driver was particularly wonderful and helpful.
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Great for Beach-Loving Families!
Jasmine_A, Jul 2022
Full Day Isla Tortuga with Lunch from San José
I recommend this excursion for families with children who love the beach. No other day trip will allow you so much beach time! Our day began with a pickup time around 5am. My daughter (5) and I were greeted by our guide April, who, in addition to being incredibly beautiful proved to be very kind and caring and informative. The bus we rode in was super comfortable and it took about 2 hours to get to the dock. We stopped halfway at a restauant for breakfast (not included, but it was only $9 for my daughter and I) and to change into our swimsuits. When we arrived at the dock, our boat Emergente arrived and we were taken to the island. The ride was about 30 minutes and very beautiful! On the way we saw dolphins and turtles! We arrived at the island at about 8:30 am and immediately went snorkeling which lasted about 40 minutes. I will say that while we enjoyed the snorkeling, the water was way too dark to see anything. All we saw was water.... The crew on the ship were very friendly and courteous too. After snorkeling we enjoyed the beach for several hours! There were places to purchase a pina colada in a pineapple or a coconut drink in a coconut, there was a shaved ice stand, and a bar. The servers actually came out into the water to hand-deliver drinks, collect empty drinks, and take orders! For those interested you could also rent kayaks or ride a banana boat. Lunch was served at 12:30; there was an option of grilled fish or chicken with rice and sauteed vegetables. There were only 3 things I didn't like about the beach: 1) They charged $1 per person to use the restroom. We were there for 7 hours so we had to go twice and it cost us $4. 2) There were a ton of rocks everywhere! When playing in the water I hit my foot on several large rocks, and also the sand itself was super rocky and rough. 3) The water was sooooo smelly! I had to wash my swimsuit twice to get the fishy smell out. We got back on our boat and left the island at 3:30pm and once back at the dock we were able to shower and change before getting back on the bus. We arrived back at our hotel around 7pm.
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Tortuga Island Beach Day
mark_e, Apr 2022
Tortuga Island Full Day Tour - Puntarenas.
Daniel and Marcos were delightful and very attentive. Served fresh cut fruit on the boat ride over to the Island…stopped in the way to snorkel. Served a great lunch on an uncrowded beach…. Would highly recommend….
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent.

  • Bars, restaurants, and local vendors offer food and drinks.

  • Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for protection from the sun.

  • Tortuga Island is kid-friendly, and the day cruises to the island are popular among families.

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How to Get There

Tortuga Island is located just off the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, close to the Curu Wildlife Refuge, and is only accessible by boat. Operators depart from a variety of ports, including Jaco, Montezuma, Puntarenas, and San Jose. Most boat trips include snorkeling, meals, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

Tortuga Island is open year-round, with peak season running from late December through January. The island is only accessible via day tour, as there is no lodging on Tortuga. Though the official average of 120 visitors per week seems delightfully low, be aware that on weekends and in December and January, those numbers spike.

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Turtle Islands

Tortuga Island is actually comprised of two islands, Alcatraz and Tolinga, but just about everyone refers to them as Isla Tortuga, or Turtle Island, named after the area’s most popular wildlife resident.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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