Manatus Hotel

At a glance

  • Small and friendly hotel
  • Only accessible by boat or plane
  • Wildlife-spotting boat tours

Manatus Hotel


Intimate rainforest hotel set between two canals.

Explore the untouched rainforest, wetlands and lagoons of Tortuguero from this comfortable lodge which lies at the edge of Tortuguero National Park. The small group boat tours have been designed to help maximise your wildlife-viewing opportunities and the expert guides can point out a whole host of wildlife. Glide along the waterways while listening out for the call of the howler monkey, spotting caimans in the water, iguanas lazing in the sun and sloths clinging onto branches. There are also plenty of other activities on offer, from kayaking and fishing to watching green turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night (July to October).

You really feel connected to your surroundings here and the peaceful gardens and small pool overlooking the canal are the perfect places to soak up the natural beauty and serenity after a morning of exploring. Linger over meals at the airy Ara Macaw restaurant, which offers an à la carte menu of Afro-Caribbean fusion food, before enjoying cocktails at the bar.

The simple, air-conditioned rooms are stretched along the waterfront and feature romantic canopy beds, refreshing cold-water outdoor showers (there is also a hot-water indoor shower) and terraces.

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Key information

Flanked by two canals, bordering Tortuguero National Park, just 5 minutes form Tortuguero Village

Airport transfer time: Approx. 3 hours by road from San José via Guapiles, followed by a 1-hour boat journey from La Pavona port to Tortuguero
Rooms: 12

Good to know

Due to the transfer to the lodge by boat, luggage allowance is limited to 18kg and one piece per person.

Accommodation information

12 spacious rooms


Restaurant, bar

What's included

• All meals • 2 canal boat tours • Tortuguero Village tour

*Denotes local charge