Location: Caribbean & Lowlands | Costa Rica

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

The welcoming committee may well include sloths, monkeys, and caiman as you arrive at Manatus lodge by boat. Sitting between two Caribbean Coast canals, within Costa Rica’s pristine Tortuguero National Park, this is the most comfortable base to encounter the region’s famous turtles and other incredible wildlife.

Perfect forJungle-janes, nature lovers, and fishermen.
In the knowThe waters around Manatus lodge are fantastic for fishing, but eco-conscious guests will be pleased to hear that there is a ‘catch and release’ policy.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Lodge

Hotel Overview


In the Limon region of Tortuguero National park. There is no road access, so most people arrive by boat; alternatively you can hire a small plane to get in.

Rooms at Manatus

The twelve spacious rooms all have air conditioning, two queen sized beds, and are perfect for soaking up the various chirrups and chirps, and relaxing after a day of exploring.

Food and facilities

The gourmet restaurant overlooks the canal and serves delicious Afro-Caribbean fusion cuisine. There’s also a pool by the river where you can sit and observe the extraordinary birdlife, as well as a gym and a spa where you can get massages.

Activites at Manatus

With canals on either side, the best way to explore Tortuguero National Park is by canoe or kayak, but you can also hike deep into the rainforest to explore the 11 ecological habitats. The real highlight though is seeing giant leatherback turtles make their way over the dark sands on the Caribbean Coast itself, as well as hawksbill, and tiny loggerhead hatchlings. We’ll let you know the best time of year to see the turtles laying their eggs/hatching, and you can also get involved in the local conservation projects.

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