THE ONLY BEACH FRONT HOTEL IN THE CENTER OF PLAYA GRANDE!
Our small, ecotouristic beach front hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Since prehistoric times, Playa Grande has been one of the world's principle nesting beaches for the Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle. Louis Wilson, the founder of Hotel Las Tortugas, was instrumental in preserving Playa Grande as one of the last functioning, healthy nesting areas in the world for this now highly-endangered species.
Join us and witness this spectacle of nature which occurs at our doorstep every October through February. The nightly turtle tours run from October 20th to Feb. 15th through the park service. After Feb. 15th, you can walk our beach in the early morning hours in hopes of seeing the baby hatclings making their way to the sea in the half-light of the early dawn.
Hotel Las Tortugas is perfectly positioned in the center of Playa Grande,
just steps from the main peak which is one of Costa Rica's most consistent
surf breaks. Our guests revel in the luxury of staying at the only beach front
hotel in the area with our pool, jacuzzi, garden with hammocks, and
open-air restaurant and bar all just steps from the water's edge. Wilson,
who owns and operates both the Las Tortugas Hotel and our Tortugas Lighthouse
Apartments, has over 35 years experience living & surfing in northwest Costa Rica. Louis was one of the original surfers
of Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Avellanas, and Witch's Rock and is more than happy to assist you with surf forecasts
and his unique knowledge of the area. We rent surfboards and boogie
boards through our beach bar.
We offer canoes for rent with which to paddle up the estuary, with
or without a guide. Wilson was instrumental in securing the Tamarindo
Estuary's 1500+ acres status as a national Wildlife Refuge in 1987.
Over 180 recorded species of birds are found in and around this unique
jungle. Glide noiselessly through this audio-visual spectacle in the
chosen craft of the Indians and experience a world lost in time. If
you're lucky you'll catch a glimps of a shy American saltwater crocodile
sunning itself on the banks framed by mangroves.
You can fish the shoreline for snook, jack, rooster, snapper, etc.; use a small spoon, lure, or white bucktail with stout hooks. Our local staff can offer helpful hints, as it's one of their favorite past times. Or, if you prefer open ocean fishing, you can charter a boat out of nearby Tamarindo or Flamingo for world-renowned big-game fishing.
We invite you to come witness the unique natural beauty of Playa Grande, the nesting and birth of the turtles, the surf, and the true meaning of "Pura Vida".
We are strictly ecotouristic and while our emphasis is not on luxury, we like to think that we provide local charm and warmth as we employ only local people from the surrounding villages in order to encourage sustainable development and support the local economy. Having come from families that at one time eked out a living from gathering turtle eggs, our staff are now watchdogs for the wildlife area, realizing that safeguarding this unique environment is the smartest way to maintain a strong economy through tourism, as well as to ensure a better future for all.
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