• Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

You can choose to kayak on pristine waters!

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 1.5-hour drive to the Pacific coast, and satisfy your breakfast cravings with an on-board snack. At the coastal town of Puntarenas, hop aboard a boat and relax on the spacious deck for the 2-hour 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 will 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 about 5 hours on the island, return to the boat and continue relaxing on the ride back to Puntarenas. You’ll be taken by coach back to San Jose and dropped off at the door of your hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Waller J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Professional, helpful staff. Great guide. Loved the entertainer. Beautiful island. Tasty food. All-round beautiful day and tour. Loved it!

Michelle K L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

Christina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Sharon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Perfect day out. The team that handed the trip is phenomenal and took care of the participants admirably! Do not miss it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Cruise to Tortuga was absolutely amazing! Note, price does not include island activities snorkeling, banana boat etc.. This was the best tour in CR. You are guaranteed to enjoy!

Priyank S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was amazing experience!! the crew was outstanding and hospitality was really great... would definitely recommend this tour to everyone...

Yolan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is the most amazing crew ever! You will experience EXCELLENT customer service on this day trip. Be prepared for a long bus ride followed by a long ferry ride. The entertainment crew do their best to make the ferry ride a party though. My only qualm with the ferry ride was the jaccuzzi. It was in the way and splashing all of the customers as the ferry naturally rocked with the sea waves. You have the option of sitting on the lower deck which is air conditioned to avoid this, but then you miss the party.

As for Tortuga, it's the prettiest beach you'll see in Costa Rica. I'm from the Caribbean, so it doesn't quote compare to our beaches, but it's nice.You have to pay for any activities once you get there, but I knew that from reading reviews beforehand 15 snorkeling, 5 to do a self-guided hike, and a banana boat option that I did not participate in.

All in all, it was a fun day, and I'm glad that we got to experience it.

marshall p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very relaxing. Boat ride was ideal. Excellent food at the Island. Another long day but well worth the long day.

Emma G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

An absolute must when you visit Costa Rica. The beach is serene and includes multiple activities (jet skiing, snorkeling, etc), and the crew is loads of fun. I would go again and again!

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