Alajuela

Visit toTortuga Island with Lunch from San José

Alajuela, Costa Rica
Full Day Isla Tortuga
  • 12 to 15 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Lunch
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Snorkel at the beach
    • Fresh Fruits
    • Coffee and snack
    • Dolphin watching (If conditions allow)
    • Gratuity / tips
    • Breakfast

    Meeting and Pickup

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    Start time

    Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

    Opening hours

    • 11/1/2023 - 5/4/2025

      Monday - Sunday : 04:00 AM - 06:00 AM

    • 11/1/2023 - 5/4/2025

      Monday - Sunday : 04:00 AM - 06:00 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    San Jose (Pass By)

    Orotina

    50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Tortuga Island

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Puntarenas

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Operated by Inside Tours Costa Rica

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Reviews

    4.5
    56 reviews
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    Fun experience
    David_B, Apr 2024
    The experience was good. Only complaint would be we only snorkeled for 25mins. Wish we had a bit longer.
    Great day trip to a beautiful beach!
    Aki_M, Apr 2024
    The tour leaves VERY early but I think we were the second group to arrive at the island out of many, which was nice to have plenty of chairs to choose from and some time to swim before it got busy. The bus was the nicest bus I’ve ever been in which made the 2 hour ride comfortable. We stopped at a really nice place for breakfast (you pay) that offered many options and a huge souvenir store. When we got closer to Puntarenas our guide told us more about the area including local agriculture. The boat to the island was one of the nicer ones of all the tour boats I saw later arriving at the island, and provided life jackets which many other tour boats didn’t. They provided fruit as a snack and a typical Costa Rican lunch that was good. The beach was very nice and generally clean, there are some rocks in the water to watch out for. During the 20 minute snorkeling session, I saw about 10 different types of fish and some sea urchins. Things that cost extra on this tour are: breakfast, Special drinks on the island, it costs $1 each time to use the bathroom on the island, lounge chairs are $10/chair/day. Overall a very comfortable ride, enjoyable tour with good tour guide, and 5 hours at the beach. Overall tour ran from 4:45 am until 5 pm. I would definitely recommend it for those who want a beach day but need transportation from San Jose!
    A must in Costa Rica!!!
    Kevin_J, Mar 2024
    Such a great experience the team was very nice and helpful, my only note is not to book a 6 in 1 tour with a group that only does one activity so they won’t have to wait for everyone else overall we had a blast!!
    Please help
    Suki_C, Jan 2024
    Can someone please call me? My mother in law left her purse in the Van which had a passport and she leave monday
    Family Fun but beware of the poor quality.
    Carsha_O, Dec 2023
    We had to be up and ready at 4:45 AM. Let me start with that. The bus ride to the boat was not bad we were able to go right back to sleep once we got on the bus lol. The stop for breakfast was okay. The food was not that tasty, but it was good enough to satisfy you until you arrived on the island. I am giving this tour 3 stars because although you pay 125$ per person you end up paying even more for chairs, drinks, using the bathroom, etc. on the beach. I feel like the price was pretty steep for it to only cover transportation to the island and lunch. The chairs we paid 8 dollars to rent were not clean. Please clean your beach chairs so people and lay and sit on them comfortably. The bathroom situation was interesting, to say the least. The drinks were good. The lunch was great! lots of rocks on this island but some beaches have more rocks than others. This one was pretty rocky so wear water shoes. Overall, we had fun as a family because we always find the positives wherever we go. We played volleyball on the beach and the banana boat. I just wish we did not have to pay for almost everything on the beach and the quality was not nice.
    Response from Host, Jan 2024
    Hello, thanks for your comment. But as we specified before your tour, on the island we only have one stand with benches for lunch, the beach chairs and bathrooms belong to the island administrators and are a separate service. We will talk to the island administrators so that they double their efforts with the cleaning of the chairs. Thank you for visiting Turtle Island with our tour.
    Have a nice time!
    Cora_C, Nov 2023
    The island is quite and peaceful, worth to visit. Also can do 30-40 minutes hiking to hill top, there is wonderful view at hill top. Love it. All team services good, lucky us can see some dolphins that day!
    Nice experience
    Eduardo_R, Oct 2023
    Enjoyed the island nice tour and helpful took care of everyone highly recommended hope they email or send text on pick up time in the.morning
    Best trip ever
    Lamar_M, Oct 2023
    Greatest experience ever great tour guilds who helped me a lot since I didn’t understand Spanish. I recommend if you visiting Costa Rica you use them for the greatest experience ever 😁
    Okay beach, great tour company.
    Medina_Z, Sep 2023
    This was the tour and spot I was most looking forward to before my trip to Costa Rica, but it was my least favorite part outside of the boat ride to the island. The tour leaders were amazing, but I didn't really like the beach and found it dirty. In their defense, we were warned if the weather wasn't great (raining, etc.) it wouldn't be clear and snorkeling would be affected, but I just didn't get the hype of the island. I much much preferred Manual Antonio Beach and found that one to be one of the best in the world. I did have a great boat riding experience and had great conversations, but the area itself was bleh. The tour company was great, though. I just wouldn't recommend a trip to Tortuga island on short time in CR.
    Day in Paradise
    Jonathan_S, Aug 2023
    First and foremost, the day was amazing. The only thing that wasn't 5 stars was the food. It wasn't bad just the typical tour rice, beans, chicken or fish. For me it was fine considering everything else was perfect. The ride out is not on a party boat. It is a regular 30-40ft dual engine boat. I loved the ride out. You are right on the water and we were able to see dolphins and even spotted 3-4 different whale breaches. I wasn't expecting this part and it added a nature aspect to what is basically a tourist tour. The snorkeling was good. Visibility was decent you can see lots of small colorful fish and even some medium sized as well (9-12"). After snorkeling you go to the beach and it is truly paradise (watermelon and pineapple provided). My daughter and I spent most of the time exploring the rocks and swimming out to the point just for the incredible views. If you are a good swimmer I highly recommend. You will feel like you are in the middle of a tropical paradise. You do have to pay for everything on the island (drinks - lounge chairs - kayak), but I didn't care. The day was perfect and Diana did a great job of keeping up with 30 people by herself. Diana stays in one location while on the island so if you want to walk around or venture out and don't feel safe leaving your valuables she will watch them. Even with 30 people in our tour we were able to make it feel like it was a private tour and that was great. FYI they do stop for a sit down breakfast on the way from San Jose so don't worry about eating so early in the morning. You will get a chance on the way and the souvenir shop there is great as well. There was also a quick stop on the way back for snacks at some local street vendors.
    Fun in the sun
    bridget_e, Aug 2023
    We really enjoyed this excursion. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful. Lunch way great. We got to see dolphins and sea turtles for the first time. Great memories
    The ride to the island...
    Patricia_P, Aug 2023
    The ride to the island was a little tougher than what I expected and I was disappointed with the lunch offered. The bathroom on the island is not free and there was no section to rinse off the salty water while there. However, the tour guide was very nice.
    Breathtaking
    KENYA_F, Jul 2023
    An amazing experience with breathtaking scenery. Our tour guide, Percy, was very professional, knowledgeable and fun.
    Cool place, poorly organized trip.
    Thomas_R, Jul 2023
    Cool place but tour was poorly ran. Had me meet the bus at 4:30 then wait 30min for the next group. Driver didn’t seem to know where he was going and drove in circles a lot. Better organization probably could’ve had us meet at 5:30 and make just as good time with an extra hour of sleep. First stop was breakfast (extra $10, not a big deal) at a neat tourist spot. Gave us 30min to get breakfast, change clothes and buy water. Barely enough time, could have used 45min to look at the store a bit and we probably had it since everyone rushed to the bus to make it in time then had to sit and wait while the driver chatted with a clerk. Got to the boat, very cool ride, stopped to see crocodiles and dolphins. Got to the island for snorkeling. This was the best part of the trip but was limited to 20min for some reason. Next was beach time, 4hrs… WAY too much, 2hrs would have been fine. Lunch was fine but portioning was all over the place, my piece of fish was less than half the size of the people before me. On the way back we stopped at a fruit and snack stand that didn’t seem to be able to handle a small bus full of people at once and apparently didn’t have working bathrooms. Struggled to get an employee to take my order, seemed more interested in helping bus driver with his avocados. They ran out of decent hot food pretty quickly. Got on the bus at the time the guide told us then sat and waited while he ate one of the only empanadas available and chat with the employees. Had to make multiple stops on the way back to find a bathroom. Finally got back after 7:00, tired, hungry and sunburned.
    Memories made today!
    Elizabeth_R, Jul 2023
    Although this tour began with a long drive, I am so thankful I had the option to be picked up from my hotel in San Jose. We stopped for a break along the way where some people chose to get a quick breakfast; I enjoyed wandering through the souvenir shop. Then we were back on the road to Puntarenas to get on board a boat to the island. While on the boat ride, the captain stopped to point out some dolphins in the area and then later we slowed to see two sea turtles. Such fun! We got to the island and snorkled for 30 minutes; I saw several different kinds of fish and enjoyed this quick experience. We then were taken to the island where I rented a beach chair ($8) and then bought a fantastic fresh pineapple drink ($10). The beach is beautiful white sand and there was a wonderful breeze. A delicious lunch was included with this tour (choices of chicken, fish, or vegetarian). We stayed on the island until 3:00 and then headed back to Puntarenas on our travel bus. We made a quick stop in downtown Puntarenas and were introduced to the most refreshing ice cream treat. Yum! Again, the drive back to San Jose was long (traffic was almost stopped for an hour), but I was safely delivered to my hotel with many wonderful memories of this perfect tour in Costa Rica.
    Amazing from start to...
    Sheena_P, Jun 2023
    Amazing from start to finish bus ride is lengthy because we were first to get picked and and last to get dropped off,but worth it very helpful and informative loved everything about the tour.
    I had such a wonderful time!!!
    Tiffany_H, Jun 2023
    Just pretend picking up everyone did not happen..because it happens to everyone who chooses to take this tour and probably many other tours with large amounts of people. This is the long and hard part..good things come to those who wait and Tortuga Island is worth the wait!!! After picking everyone up the bus took us to Orotina which is around the half way point. In Orotina you can choose to have a wonderful breakfast that’s not included. The breakfast was very good and affordable. Get the fresh squeeze orange juice. Super fresh!!! After breakfast we headed back to the bus to drive another 40-45 minutes to the dock where you will catch a boat to Tortuga Island. It took about 35 minutes to get to Tortuga Island from the dock. When you get to Tortuga Island you can snorkel (which is included) in the tour at no extra cost. I did not snorkel since I don’t know how to swim or care for snorkeling. I rented a chair on the beach to sunbathe. The chair cost $8 per chair. They also have pina coladas, coco loco, mojitos, and other drinks you can buy while you relax. Some bars take only cash..some bars take card and cash..so bring both cash and card to be safe. I HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME. I did not feel like any activity or stops were rushed. Throughout the tour I felt like Diana made sure everyone in the group was okay. She was awesome!!! I will definitely do this tour again when I am in Costa Rica!!!
    Response from Host, Jun 2023
    Hello, Thank you for your appreciated comments 💚🇨🇷
    Beautiful island!!
    Allison_H, Apr 2023
    Tortuga Island is the kind of place that makes you want to build a hut, grown your own food, fish in the sea and stay forever! Beautiful!!! Our tour guide Hector was a very respectful nice guy and did his best to accommodate everyone. The lunch was delicious! I saw a few in our group that forgot to bring cash to the island and that is very important! Only downside…it is a very very long day of travel! I got picked up at 4:45 am and didn’t make it back until around 8-9 pm. It is a holiday weekend, so traffic was crazy.
    Great trip and an amazing value!
    Mahmoud_H, Apr 2023
    This trip was so much fun! The island didn't disappoint...beautiful beach, views, great waters, excellent lunch and breakfast (breakfast is not free), and amazing pineapple and coconut drinks available for purchase. Bring towels, soap, shampoo, and sunscreen.
    In Love with Tortuga Island
    Alan_B, Feb 2023
    Our tour guide Gaia was phenomenal, and very knowledgeable. She was a pure delight and really cared for each of us . I lost my phone somewhere on the beach and she was able to locate it !!!!!!!

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