HOTEL LAS TORTUGAS
Our small, ecotouristic beachfront hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Since prehistoric times, Playa Grande has been one of the world's principle nesting beaches for the Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle. The nightly turtle tours run from October 15 to Feb. 15th through the park service. After Feb. 15th, you can walk our beach in the early morning hours in hopes of seeing the baby hatclings making their way to the sea in the half-light of the early dawn.
Hotel Las Tortugas is perfectly positioned in the center of Playa Grande, just steps from the main peak which is one of Costa Rica's most consistent surf breaks. Our guests revel in the luxury of staying at the only beachfront hotel in the area with our pool, jacuzzi, garden with hammocks, and open-air restaurant and bar all just steps from the water's edge. Wilson, who owns and operates both the Las Tortugas Hotel and our Tortugas Lighthouse Apartments, is a surf-pioneer with 30 years experience living & surfing in northwest Costa Rica
There is plenty to do at Las Tortugas in addition to sufing, beach-combing and relaxing. Hotel Las Tortugas is itself nested in an area that is part of the Costa Rica National Park system. Enjoy exploring miles of deserted, pristine whitesand beaches, stretching for miles to our north and south. The beach trail to the north along the cape offers tidepools for snorkeling and secluded blacksand coves of volcanic rock for luxuriating and sunbathing in complete privacy. Behind the beach lies a natural saltwater estuary, Estero Tamarindo, a national wildlife refuge. The area around the estuary is teeming with wildlife and contain small patches of intact lowland dry forest, the most endangered type of forest on the planet. Predatory birds abound.
We are strictly ecotouristic and while our emphasis is not on luxury, we like to think that we provide local charm and warmth as we employ only local people from the surrounding villages in order to encourage sustainable development and support the local economy. Having come from families that at one time eked out a living from gathering turtle eggs, now our staff are watchdogs for the wildlife area, realizing that safeguarding this unique environment is the smartest way to maintain a strong economy through tourism, as well as to ensure a better future for all.