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Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

San José, Costa Rica
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Sail away to the tropical paradise of Tortuga Island on this full-day trip from San Jose. Enjoy a cruise across the Gulf of Nicoya to the white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters of this postcard-perfect island. Soak up the sun on the beach, snorkel among tropical fish, or explore the island’s forested trails for a memorable escape. Savor a tasty beachside lunch buffet and relax on the round-trip ride from your San Jose hotel.
  • 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
Create your own day in paradise on a full-day escape to Tortuga Island. Be ready for an early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in order to maximize the day’s adventures. Relax on the scenic drive to the Pacific coast, and satisfy your breakfast cravings with an onboard snack. At the coastal town of Puntarenas, hop aboard a boat and relax on the spacious deck for the ride to Tortuga. Feel the cool tropical breeze on your face and admire the verdant passing shoreline and aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Nicoya. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life along the way.

Jungle-covered, gently sloping cliffs, and white sandy beaches welcome you to Tortuga Island. Once you step ashore, the day is yours to spend however you please. Relax and catch some rays on the island’s pristine beaches, or venture out into the crystal-clear waters for a swim. Snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and banana boats are all available to rent for a small fee. You can also head inland to explore Tortuga’s tree-shaded nature trails and try your luck at spotting native wildlife.

When you’re ready for lunch, enjoy a gourmet beachside buffet prepared by your guide. Savor a selection of fresh salads, grilled fish and chicken, and sides of rice, sautéed vegetables, and fresh fruit. Quench your thirst with water, wine or aromatic Costa Rican coffee. Get into the spirit of the tropics as local musicians provide upbeat island tunes.

After ample time on the island, return to the boat and continue relaxing on the ride back to Puntarenas. Take a coach back to San Jose and be dropped off at the door of your hotel in the evening.
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Gray Line Costa Rica
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.
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Tortuga Island
At Tortuga Island you will experience a day full of beautiful skies, great ocean views and live music. On board the yacht savory tropical fruits and refreshing natural drinks will be served. Then, you will explore the island, immersing yourself in the calm clear waters and lush landscape, where you can take a swim, sunbathe, and/or take an optional tour like kayaking or canopy. Then a delicious lunch will be prepared by the crew. Tortuga Island is composed of 120 hectares of gorgeous terrain, with 4 main hills; not to mention a 500 meter beach which is a recipient of the blue flag certification. On the way to Tortuga Island you will see the San Lucas Island which in the past was a security prison where no human rights existed and thus a dark age in Costa Rica´s history.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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Long travels for 3 hours at the beach
, Mar 2020
Incredibly long day. If you're coming from San Jose expect 5-6 hours to get there. After all is said and done you get a little over 3 hours at the beach. You have a small section blocked off for the beach and that is it. No place to walk and explore. This is strictly for tourists who want a mass tourism experience. The trip was not worth 12 hours of traveling in one day, in my opinion.
A must-do!
, Aug 2019
Professional, well organized, super fun, a highlight of our trip. I definitely recommend snorkeling. The on board entertainer was historical-even Got people up dancing.
Nice trip, though a very long day
, Apr 2019
We had only little time in Costa Rica and wanted to see some of the coastline and islands, so we booked this trip. Once you're on the boat, the trip is fun. Plenty of drinks and food, live music, friendly staff. The beach is nice, though not the tropical paradise you might expect. While the program talked about guided tours through the forest, the guide on the bus mentioned just self guided tours and once on the island, no mentioning of any tours was done anymore. There is even a fence so you cannot leave the beach and walk into the forest. The infrastructure is quite basic. There weren't enough umbrellas for everyone. And the chairs with an umbrella were taken by people who have gone snorkeling. Food service again was very good. We enjoyed a spectacular sunset on the cruise back. Though I am not sure why the boat slowed down so often. The day was long enough, so there is no need to extend it by an extra long boat ride. Annoying was that we had to be ready at our hotel at 5:40am, and then it took full two hours to pick everyone up, before we were even heading towards the coast. Same on the way back. And showing that violent and noisy movie on the bus ride back was total unnecessary.
, Jul 2018
Professional, helpful staff. Great guide. Loved the entertainer. Beautiful island. Tasty food. All-round beautiful day & tour. Loved it!
Problem Started with Viator
Mitchell G
, Jul 2018
My friend and I booked this trip to go together but viator booked us on two different companies. Once we realized the mistake we called from our hotel and was on hold for over 20 minutes and had to go on separate buses as the tour guides were waiting. When we asked if we could go on the same bus they told us no the only way was to pay cash and then call viator to pay one of us back. With Viator causing this issue I wasn't about to take that chance. Well then we got to the island at different times and my package was way different than my friends. When we compared everything that should have been included like snack/breakfast on the bus etc. it was not the same service we paid for. Grey lines which I was booked on and the other company she was booked on gave way to different experiences. I booked many other tours with viator but I would never take a tour with Grey lines again. Not only did we not get the same services but then the time on the island was longer for her too. With the exception of the island being beautiful the trip was a complete letdown. Viator I expected way better booking from you and would not do business with Grey lines anymore.
From the time I got on the bus to...
Michelle K L
, May 2018
From the time I got on the bus to the island to the moment I was dropped at my hotel this tour was incredible. So much fun! Tour guide was fun, the island was beautiful, and the catamaran ride to/from island was a blast. My favorite excursion while in Costa Rica!
This was such a beautiful tour! The...
Christina M
, Apr 2018
This was such a beautiful tour! The boat ride was breath-taking, with great music, very friendly staff and excellent snacks and drinks. Once on the island, there was plenty to do and see. We did the snorkeling and saw lots of fish. We also did the banana boat which was really fun. I wouldn't recommend it for small children or possibly older travelers as they DO try to flip the boat and send everyone into the water. We liked it though. The lunch was fantastic! The fish especially was SOOOOO good. They also had lockers for rent at the gift shop, which I highly recommend getting if you're not going to be laying around the whole time. Don't forget to keep the receipt for it because you get about half your money back when you return the key.
Starting with the bus ride, it was...
Tricia C
, Apr 2018
Starting with the bus ride, it was way too cramped. There was no leg room and I am not giant sized. At 5'4, my knees were pressed up against the seat ahead of me. My husband, over 6 feet, was uncomfortable. Plus, the air conditioning did not work very well so we were cramped and sweaty. The breakfast that was included was poor. A tasteless sandwich and some other items was not what I was expecting. Luckily I packed some snacks otherwise we would have been in trouble. It was a long bus ride and then a long 2 hour boat ride. But the boat ride did not seem as long as the crew was spectacular. They were very engaging and went around offering complementary fresh fruit, ceviche and banana bread. There was a bar that also was nice and I did not mind paying for the daiquiris as they were quite yummy. The top level had music and was more energetic while the second level was more chill and enjoying the ride. A pleasant boat ride over. The island itself was nice. The water activities were additional but made it a lot more fun than just sitting for several hours. We rented the jet skis which was an absolute blast. I would definitely recommend the water skis. We also did the banana boat but a notice of warning...its purpose is to tip you off in the water. It is not a nice tour around the bay and smaller islands but meant to tip you off as a cool down. Was not expecting that so was surprised. My 9 year old son did not like it. If you are expecting a tip over to cool off, great but otherwise, eh. There was also snorkeling available but we did not partake in that water event. Just hung out on the beach. It was really rocky so not the best at just playing in the waves. Lunch was ok. A buffet style, chicken and fish with rice and veggies. The food was mediocre but once again, the boat crew was also the crew helping around on the island and serving the food. They were awesome and anything you needed, they were attentive. bathrooms were primitive but it is an island. So traveling back on the cramped bus with no air conditioning, it wasn't the best ending as everyone was smelling from the sun and beach. Also, there is a warning about using the bathrooms on the bus as smells tended to go throughout the bus. Enough said.
This was the highlight of my Costa...
Sharon F
, Mar 2018
This was the highlight of my Costa Rica experience. The boat ride was great fun with live music there and back. The staff was amazingly polite and helpful. The beach was awesome! The food was good and it all seemed very well organized.
Perfect day out. The team that...
, Jan 2018
Perfect day out. The team that handed the trip is phenomenal and took care of the participants admirably! Do not miss it.

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