Tortuga Island
Tortuga Island
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Alcatraz and Tolinga—two tiny islands that make up Tortuga Island, off the Costa Rican coast—make for a perfect day trip in the Puntaneras region. Take a catamaran tour from Montezuma to spot dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the islands. When you get there, you can snorkel with fish in the turquoise waters or relax on Isla Tortuga’s white-sand beaches. There are plenty of rum cocktails for grownups to sip on. More adventurous travelers can go kayaking or hiking through the jungle. Beat the crowds by getting there in the early morning. – Tripadvisor
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  • Surrey 13
    London, United Kingdom1,139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely white sands
    Lovely white sands and very clear waters. Small fish and crabs are near to the shore edge. There is a number of plastic chairs and sunlungrrs to use free of charge. However the bar area only takes $. The beach is not as interesting as some other beaches
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Njdrover
    Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best. Day. Ever.
    Walk don’t run to book your trip to Tortuga Island with CostaCat..an awesome nearly hour long boat ride from Los Suenos in Herradera to the most amazing beach area. A light breakfast - delicious carrot cake muffins, fresh fruit - on the boat ride and enjoy unlimited soft drinks, water, margaritas and rum punches as well as an incredibly delicious lunch at the private area of the beach. The snorkelling was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed the “calm” banana boat ride. Every single staff member works hard to make sure you are taken care of and are very attentive. It was the best day ever and then on the way back we saw dolphins!! Don’t miss out!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Ruth C
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What to expect on TORTUGA island tour.
    TORTUGA island is beautiful. Know that the only way to go is by a tour, and these are VERY touristy and designed for folks who are going to party and get drunk. It’s a college party atmosphere. Loud music and lots of people flirting with the boat crew. It’s not really for people who want to convene with nature or local culture. As long as you understand what you’re getting into and you are ok with it, you can make what you want of the experience. The boat ride was nice but don’t expect to see wildlife on the trip. The snorkeling was also pleasant, but the reef is mostly dead coral. You will see fish but sadly not much other life on the reef; like most of our coral reefs globally, these are dying. The coastal scenery is the highlight of the trip, along with deer and iguanas on the adjacent forest trail. The food was also very good and the kids who crew the boat did a great job taking care of everyone.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Tom Parker
    Nevada City, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Amazing island, calm water, we we're a party of 8 looking to avoid the paked tours, tortuga island was geat. The only way to get there is by speed boat. It's is a ride of 45 min from Puntarenas, on way we saw spider monkeys. We sail on a Big boat with a small group of 12. From Puntarenas boat leaves at 8:30.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Wnnbrb
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Worth It
    I went on this day trip thinking it was probably overpriced and just going to be like a day on any other private cruise island. Wrong! We were able to see a whale and leatherback turtles on the boat trip. The island and views were beautiful. Snorkeling was magic, like being in a giant aquarium with fish surrounding us. The staff was unbelievably attentive and enthusiastic, great people who made all the difference. You don’t have to be athletic. The food was excellent although one member of our party wasn’t fond of the free margaritas or rum punch. I have spent a lot of time in Costa Rica and this is the one adventure I will definitely go on again next trip. Far better than their competitors. Just loved every minute of it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 August 2023
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Fasturtle
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Snorkelling was mediocre and crowded with significant currents around the areas of best potential. The island is beautiful and highly commercialized. The beach is rocky.
Written 27 February 2024
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Matt A
Hermosa Beach, CA484 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were expecting a trip to a beautiful island like the one we took recently to the San Blas Islands in Panama. Nope.

Instead, this island is crowded, touristy and expensive.

There are tons of people, a souvenir shop, some bars and other stuff.

Definitely not like the islands you might visit in Asia or other countries. The water was okay to swim in, calmer than the rough seas on the mainland.

I would recommend springing your time and money doing something else.
Written 21 January 2024
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Joan F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great time snorkeling and having coco locos on the beach with wild pigs. We used Zuma tours and were very happy.
Written 17 December 2023
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McT0228
Douglas City, CA7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I expected a peaceful sanctuary..it is a very small beach and was crowded..in addition it was very noisy with loud music playing and lots of people drinking alcohol..there was no place on the beach to get away from people and all the noise..there is a short trail and then a longer one which was probably better than staying on the beach..
Written 14 September 2023
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Trip572406
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Thanks to Lily for her amazing service and kindness ! :) we went for breakfast and the food and coffees were delicious.
Written 4 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wnnbrb
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I went on this day trip thinking it was probably overpriced and just going to be like a day on any other private cruise island. Wrong! We were able to see a whale and leatherback turtles on the boat trip. The island and views were beautiful. Snorkeling was magic, like being in a giant aquarium with fish surrounding us. The staff was unbelievably attentive and enthusiastic, great people who made all the difference. You don’t have to be athletic. The food was excellent although one member of our party wasn’t fond of the free margaritas or rum punch. I have spent a lot of time in Costa Rica and this is the one adventure I will definitely go on again next trip. Far better than their competitors. Just loved every minute of it.
Written 30 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom Parker
Nevada City, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Amazing island, calm water, we we're a party of 8 looking to avoid the paked tours, tortuga island was geat. The only way to get there is by speed boat. It's is a ride of 45 min from Puntarenas, on way we saw spider monkeys. We sail on a Big boat with a small group of 12. From Puntarenas boat leaves at 8:30.
Written 28 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ruth C
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
TORTUGA island is beautiful. Know that the only way to go is by a tour, and these are VERY touristy and designed for folks who are going to party and get drunk. It’s a college party atmosphere. Loud music and lots of people flirting with the boat crew. It’s not really for people who want to convene with nature or local culture. As long as you understand what you’re getting into and you are ok with it, you can make what you want of the experience. The boat ride was nice but don’t expect to see wildlife on the trip. The snorkeling was also pleasant, but the reef is mostly dead coral. You will see fish but sadly not much other life on the reef; like most of our coral reefs globally, these are dying. The coastal scenery is the highlight of the trip, along with deer and iguanas on the adjacent forest trail. The food was also very good and the kids who crew the boat did a great job taking care of everyone.
Written 14 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Linda C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is what CostaCat advertises -

Light breakfast on the catamaran.
Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys.
Rum Punch, Margaritas, Soft drinks, and water all day long.
Full buffet-style lunch on the island.
3 activities Included: snorkeling, banana boat, and eco-hike
Insurance, permits, and marine safety equipment.
Bilingual guide (English / Spanish) German/French guide on request.
Pick up service upon request;

This is what they don’t advertise;

From the time we arrived at the dock until we arrived back at the dock we were treated like royalty. When we sat down we were given some fruit and a drink. After we got to the island everything was uphill. I just (about 7 weeks) had surgery on my face for melanoma and had to stay out of the sun. They made sure we had lounge chairs that stayed shaded all day.
There was not even a minute that I didn’t have a beverage of choice in my hand. I tried to snorkel but the face mask was painful on my face so they let me just swim around the boat.

Lunch was delicious, plentiful and healthy.

This crew is top notch and I highly recommend them.

Thanks guys and gals for a great da”
Written 24 April 2023
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Navigator42091645642
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The boat ride from Montezuma to Tortuga Island offers amazing views that would probably be unaccessible otherwise. We saw many dolphins on the way. The snorkeling is OK. My major complaint is you only get about 90 minutes total of snorkeling before you are left stranded on a very small beach with very many people for almost 3 hours. This is the majority of your day. Overall I did not feel it was best use of my day. I would have much rather gone home after the snorkeling.
Written 24 March 2023
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