Manatus Hotel

Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Watch turtles hatch on the beach from July to November

  • A beautiful outdoor pool is on the edge of the canal and surrounded by swaying palms

  • All rooms have private patios overlooking the verdant jungle of the National Park

  • Hailed as one the best hotels in the Tortuguero. Friendly service, comfortable cabins and superb guiding

  • Idyllic river front setting - great base for discovering the national park and its teeming wildlife

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Tortuguero can be visited year round for wildlife however when you visit will probably be determined by whether, or not, you wish to see turtles and where else you will be visiting in Costa Rica.

The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle’s nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April. The Caribbean side of the Cordillera Central has a different weather pattern to the Pacific. Tortuguero’s ‘drier’ season is February to June and September and October however being tropical please expect showers at any time.

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Step off the hotel’s private jetty and be whisked off to explore the national park and its teeming wildlife with comprehensive tour programs and naturalist guides

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Manatus Hotel is a superb lodge-style property with an excellent location for exploring some of the wildest rainforest in Central America in the Tortuguero National Park and seeing turtles famously hatch on the beach.

Tortuguero is found on Costa Rica's Northern Caribbean Coast and is one of the most diverse National Parks in Central America. Here the coastal rainforest is threaded by a maze of serpentine canals and streams fed by rivers flowing from the central mountain ranges.

Manatus Lodge inspires an extraordinary sense of peace and is ideally located for exploring the surrounding environment rich in flora and fauna. With great service and just 12 air-conditioned luxury rooms with private terraces, a wonderful swimming pool, and a wide range of activities, from watching turtles hatch on the beach (from July to November) to kayaking in the Tortuguero channels, canopy tours and water bicycles, here you can enjoy nature at its best without sacrificing creature comforts.

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Manatus Hotel has 12 fully equipped rooms to make your stay a luxury. A room at Manatus Hotel begins an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort. Our luxury guest room is designed to inspire, its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and the water channels, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. Here at Manatus Hotel, the first class experience is the rule rather than the exception.

We offer you spacious rooms with luxury finishes, all having;

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Two Queen Size Beds
  • Private Solarium

Also, you can enjoy vip services, unique in the area, through their Spa, their gourmet restaurant and their fitness gym. This is an excellent place for your romantic getaway or your wildlife vacation.


Children are welcome at Manatus Hotel. Although there are no formal children's activities youngsters are sure to enjoy the adventurous nature of a stay in Tortuguero and the fascinating local wildlife.


Manatus Hotel has a lovely swimming pool surrounded by gardens and overlooking Tortugueros canals, a bar, restaurant with inside and covered al-fresco dining area.


Activities on offer at Manatus Hotel include spa treatments, water cycling, kayaking, boat trips through the canals and forest hikes to see the local wildlife, accompanied by the hotel's guides. Sports fishing can also be arranged in the surrounding area and from July to November visits are offered to see the turtles nesting on the beach.




This intimate new hotel offers the only true luxury accommodations in Tortuguero. The large rooms are plush and well-equipped, with two queen-size beds, high ceilings, wood floors, tasteful local furnishings, and a host of amenities you won't find anywhere else in the area. I prefer the second-floor rooms, with high peaked ceilings and exposed wood beams. Meals and service are top-notch here, and they even have the only spa (albeit small) of any local hotel, as well as an on-site art gallery. The amoeba-shaped pool is set just off the dark waters of the Tortuguero canal, with a broad deck and plenty of inviting chaise longues surrounding it.

Location & directions

Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

The Manatus Hotel is located in the northern Caribbean region of Costa Rica, in the Tortuguero National Park.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San José Juan Santamaria International Airport. Tortuguero is only accessible by boat from Limon, or a short flight from San Jose.

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