Caribbean - Tortuguero
One of the many reasons thousands of tourists visit Costa Rica each year is the wide variety of sights and experiences that are difficult to find anywhere else in the world. One of the areas in which this is most apparent is Tortuguero.
Located along the Northeastern side of the country, the coastal village of Tortuguero, where Manatus Hotel is located, is accessible only by plane or boat. With bodies of water on both sides, the narrow strip of land that houses the tiny town is located on the beaches of the lush Tortuguero National Park.
The hotel is located at 2.5 Km from Tortuguero town center, and at 4 Km from the main entrance of the National Park. Travelers will enjoy seeing a variety of sights as they make their way to the heart of this secluded paradise where the journey to get there is part of the fun.
Visitors can choose their method of transportation to this coastal village. For those wanting to take the quickest route possible, a short airplane ride can take around only 30 minutes; this is a great option for arriving to Manatus due to the closeness with the airstrip: the hotel is located at just 100 meters from it.
Driving takes longer, around 4-5 hours depending on the method chosen (private shuttle, public transportation or rental car), but allows visitors to view rainforest canyons along the way. If you choose not to fly, you’ll enjoy a 2- to 3-hour boat ride along a winding river on the final leg of your journey.
Manatus is one of the few properties that sit directly on a strip of land separating the Caribbean Sea from several canals. The exclusive dwelling is home to only 12 bungalows with 2 Queen beds each, making it as a unique place to stay as the scenery that surrounds it.
The privacy here is felt not only in the small size of the hotel and the personal feel, but also in the care shown in providing comfortable amenities to make each visit as enjoyable as possible.
All bungalows blend privacy with luxury, starting with a private patio with an outdoor shower. The creature comforts from home are included, such as:
Beyond the bungalow lies the perks of the main building. Visitors can access a spa, gym and swimming pool while taking advantage of laundry service and the sumptuous restaurant with a la carte international menu.
There is also a bar where guests can enjoy delicious drinks after a morning full of discovering and learning, while relaxing with a book, a great conversation or simply by enjoying the landscape.
The Manatus hotel also features some private trails to enjoy the natural surroundings and the possibilities to observe the characteristic wildlife of the region, as well as a panoramic dock where you can relax and enjoy the views of the calm waters of the lagoon. A refreshing pool can be found in the property too.
Besides, those interested can also view a small, on-site gallery of local art. A sample of the local creations and culture that will offer you a good opportunity to know more about the inhabitants and their traditions.
If you want to experience another kind of adventure, kayaks can be rented to cruise the canals while tours are available to see birds and other creatures of the canopy.
One of the many benefits of Manatus Hotel in Costa Rica is what the hotel includes in the rate. Transportation and tours can be easily arranged in the package.
Guests can experience sightseeing tours and hikes to view the flora and fauna. Besides, well as the full board dining experience is already included so you won’t have to worry about what to eat and where, when staying at Manatus.
As the food is served on site, this make it possible to schedule everything within the hotel.
One of the biggest attractions of the region are the sea turtles. The name Tortuguero can be translated to mean “Land of the Turtles.” The slim canals are the primary egg-laying grounds on the Atlantic Ocean side for green sea turtles. Leatherback turtles also frequent the area, but are more elusive.
From April to October, sightseers can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures laying their eggs. It is illegal to visit the beach alone after dark, so you will need a tour guide to help you find the nesting sites with the right equipment for watching.
Once this season ends, baby sea turtles begin to hatch from November to January. Beach walks during the late evening and early morning are likely to reveal tiny baby turtles making their first journey back to the ocean. These sightings don’t require to book specific tours, but guides are available to help you see the new hatchlings.
While several visitors come to see the sea turtles, there are many other attractions. A conservancy museum in Tortuguero village educates tourists and a hike up Costa Rica. A visit to the local village showcases native Caribbean architecture and tour guides can Tortuguero Hill offers incredible views from the highest point this side of enlighten tourists on the area’s history.
Adventurous visitors can also explore jungle hikes to get a closer look at life in the rainforest or float along the canal to catch a glimpse of monkeys, birds, iguanas, river turtles and caimans. Manatus can arrange a schedule of extra tours or hikes, and boat rides to help you make the most of your visit.
Whether you’re coming to Costa Rica to relax on a sandy beach, take a dip in the salty ocean, explore the rainforest or see the unique wildlife, you’ll find it all in Tortuguero. Staying in your own private bungalow will keep you close to everything and make memories to last a lifetime on your own jungle adventure.
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