Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

From $125.00 USD

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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

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Light refreshments and wine (served during lunch)
  • Professional guide
  • Boat cruise


  • Gratuities
  • Additional activities - snorkeling and/or banana boat plus beach chair ($15 USD each)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Tour departs from select San Jose hotels

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a swimsuit, towel, sunblock and a hat
  • Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Waller J
, Jul 2018

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

MItch 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

, Jan 2018

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

, Jan 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
, Dec 2017

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

, Dec 2017

This trip was awesome. The few things that I would change would be to not charge for the snorkel gear. We only got 45 minutes We noted on Viator that it would be an additional 15 dollars, but it ended up being 20. Another company that also was on the beach that day, I noted from a customer of theirs that it was included in their price. The price for the tickets were the same.
I did enjoy the food, and the snacks and drinks offered during the trip to help with the adventure. As a whole, I would do it again, but I may go thru the other company just to not pay for the snorkel gear.

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