4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

Leave the bustle of San Jose behind on this full-day tour to the tropical beaches and warm waters of Tortuga Island, located on the Gulf of Nicoya. Featuring some of Costa Rica’s best snorkeling, Tortuga Island also boasts white sand beaches and turquoise waters, perfect for a swim or to simply relax. Your local guide provides breakfast on the coach ride and a freshly-prepared buffet lunch at the beach. With round-trip transport from your hotel included, you get to sit back and enjoy the day!


  • Full-day trip to Tortuga Island with local guide, from San Jose
  • Look for dolphins, seabirds, and other marine life during the boat cruise through the Gulf of Nicoya
  • Enjoy several hours at your leisure to soak up the island beauty
  • Explore the hiking trails or swim in the calm sea surrounding Tortuga Island
  • Snorkel, share a banana boat ride or hop into a kayak to paddle along the coast (each at additional expense)
  • Savor a tasty buffet lunch served on the beach
  • Includes round-trip transport from your central San Jose hotel

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What You Can Expect

Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

You can choose to kayak on pristine waters!

After early morning pickup at your centrally located hotel, travel 1.5 hours by comfortable coach to Puntarenas. Snack on a simple breakfast consisting of a sandwich, juice and fruit served on board the coach. In Puntarenas, board your spacious boat for a nearly 2-hour cruise to Tortuga Island, taking in the jungle-clad coast of this gorgeous archipelago as you go.

Pristine white sand beaches and calm turquoise water surround Tortuga Island, making it a perfect place to swim and snorkel. With approximately five hours to spend at your leisure on the island, it’s up to you whether you want to relax, be active, or both! Sunbathe on the beach or go for a dip in the sea. Explore hiking trails or play sports on the beach. You can also choose to snorkel, kayak or take a banana boat ride for a small additional charge.

While you are soaking up the tropical ambiance, your guide prepares a gourmet buffet lunch for you to snack on when you get hungry. Your lunch choices include salads, grilled fish or chicken accompanied by rice and sautéed vegetables, fresh fruits, wine, and Costa Rican coffee. A few musicians play fun beach music as you enjoy your meal.

After a day in paradise, head back to San Jose, retracing your steps by boat and coach. Your tour ends when you are returned to your hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Overall this turned out to be a very nice trip for me. I don't care too much for the beach but needed to go to at least one while in CR. I was picked up at the Real Intercontinental Hotel in Escazu. And taken to a drop off point to get on a tour bus. This is the part of the trip I had a issue with. That was the most compact tour bus I had ever been on. I felt that for as much as I paid for the trip I could have a little more room. I know I know, it's just how I felt. Moving on, we were given a little sack meal for breakfast. It was a ham and cheese sandwich, juice box and an apple. I have seen other reviews where people didn't appreciate that. To me it was fine, it hit the spot. I believe we drove for an hour and a half or so to the docks to get on the catamaran. It was nice it had a bar and we were served snacks for the ride to Tortuga Island. I believe it was an hour and a half cruise to the island. Very picturesque island. Clean and neat. There were a few activities to do, banana boat ride, jet ski, eco-tour of the island and just chilling. We were served lunch after about an hour of being there. It was pretty good. There was a guy singing karaoke. I love karaoke so this was great. If I had drank just one more Imperial I would have gone up to sing with him. After lunch we had about 3 or 4 more hours to do whatever.There is a gift shop that sells a little bit of everything and they rent lockers so you can store your things. Please do this if you decide to ride the Banana boats, they get flipped pretty regularly. The most awesome part of this trip was meeting the local friendly Peccary. I had never seen one before and it came right up to my beach chair and wanted me to cover it in sand. I obliged him. There were also tropical parrots and some chickens roaming around. On the cruise back they gave us fresh pineapple and watermelon as well as some delicious carrot cake and drinks. It was a nice experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour, food was okay. Boat ride was long but lots to look at!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very nice tour and tour guide. Recommend highly.

M G Parry
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a delightful experience and our guide was most helpful. The crew were very efficient and caring. The catermarran was in excellent condition and very clean. The music was too intrusive. I do think that the musician should be more attentive to his audience for each sailing. If no one is dancing why keep up the blaring music? To experience the peace of fantastic scenery during the sailings was totally out of reach...as he played and sang loudly and consistently!!! One could not escape the musical intrusion.
The island setting ,food and staff were all satisfactory...a lovely special experience.. The coach trips were pleasant and with helpful informative commentaries. Thank you to guide, crew and island staff.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great day tour priced right. Tour guide and boat crew were all you could ask for. On time-food and beverage wonderful. delivered as promised.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

This was an interesting trip. It was good and everything it was advertised to be It was just long. long bus ride long boat ride long time on the island. I was picked up at 6 Am and didn't get back until 9 pm.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was great! The guides spoke clear English, and they were very informative! We had Rafael and he was very patient and understanding with our group. The ride from the hotel to the port was smooth beautiful views of the country. The cruise and island wwee so much fun! Worth the money!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Breakfast was ham and cheese sandwich. It was not what we expected for breakfast. The cruise, snacks, drinks and crew members were great. Lunch was good not great. There was good music entertaining while we are on the cruise and at the island. If you are looking for more activities at the island then bring extra cash for snorkeling gears or snorkeling guide.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

fun beach day.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

I love this place it was beautiful. The company that managed the tour was 35 minutes late picking me up and they did not accommodate vegetarian meals(breakfast and snack-spent the day without food- no place to purchase) so I had to stay with food all day. We had to pay for additional items if you wanted to enjoy this place- the Beach chair, walking tour, snorkeling all were additional expenses

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