Tortuguero report – After reading all of comments on Tortuguero I was really looking forward to visiting. Before leaving home I debated long and hard if it was worth the long trip to get there. We ended up flying from San Jose on the morning Nature Air flight which was a bargain at $40 a ticket. We loved the flight and seeing the country from above! We arrived in early December and unfortunately it RAINED – no actually POURED almost non-stop the whole time were there. I have never seen such rain in my life and I've been in Moonsoon’s in the Far East!! I knew it was the rainy season but local villagers said that the amount of rain they were experiencing was unusual. Parts of the village were partially flooded especially the front lawn of houses in the village near the National Park. I’m sure the endless rain clouded my opinion of Tortuguero. The raving reviews on Trip Advisor called it “paradise on earth” and I kept thinking I must have landed somewhere else. We stayed at Casa Marbella which was fine - clean and adequate. The breakfast was very nice. Everyone had also raved about the owner Daryl. We must have caught him on a bad day (everyone can have one of those) because he didn't interact with any of the guests and only on day two did I even realize who he was when he announced that there was a power outage on the island but luckily the guest house had a generator. We took the Casa Marbella’s morning boat nature tour with Roberto who was very nice and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we didn't see many animals apparently due to the rain. Yep – it poured then too! We walked through the National Park in rubber boots borrowed from our guest house. We really needed them. The walk was short and once again no animals due to the rain. Luckily while strolling on the beach a villager called us over to see turtles that had just hatched from their eggs making their way to sea. That was exciting and unexpected because turtle season was over. We had a nice meal at Wild Ginger. The owner couldn't have been nicer and gave us tips on how to enjoy the village. We had fabulous banana bread at Dorling’s bakery. The high point of the trip was our last morning when the sun came out for an hour enabling us to enjoy nature and paddling around in a canoe! Casa Marbella has a canoe that can be used free of charge. We left Tortuguero with a transfer to La Fortuna (cost $55). We left by boat at 9:00 a.m. and arrived at 16:30 in La Fortuna by shuttle. The boat ride out was fascinating especially knowing that this is the way natives have to leave whenever they need to go to town. Unfortunately it was pouring I mean POURING during the boat ride so it was hard to fully appreciate the ride.
I’m sure we would have had a better time if we had visited in the dry season and during turtle season.