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Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Take a sailing trip to tropical Tortuga Island on this full-day trip from San Jose. Head to Puntarenas early in the morning and take a boat out to Tortuga; you may even spot dolphins along the way. Once on the island, enjoy plenty of time to swim, snorkel, hike, or feast on an included buffet lunch before returning to San Jose.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Breakfast, lunch, and wine are provided at no extra cost
Round-trip transfers from your San Jose hotel are provided
A professional guide will accompany you
A boat cruise to Tortuga is included
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 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3171SJO_TOR
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle • Breakfast • Buffet lunch • Light refreshments and wine (served during lunch) • Professional guide • Boat cruise
Exclusions
Gratuities • Additional activities - snorkeling and/or banana boat plus beach chair ($15 USD each)
Duration
12h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle • Breakfast • Buffet lunch • Light refreshments and wine (served during lunch) • Professional guide • Boat cruise
Exclusions
Gratuities • Additional activities - snorkeling and/or banana boat plus beach chair ($15 USD each)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
On the arrival at the hotel the tour guide is going to ask in the reception of the hotel for the client
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Infant seats available
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Due to the pandemic, this tour is subject to availability. A minimum of passengers is required for the tour. But you can check our availability. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    San José
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Gray Line Costa Rica
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    Tortuga Island
    Stop: 4 hours
    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.
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  • You'll end at
    San José
    San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
    See address & details
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4.0
38 reviews
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Lacy
2 contributions
Great Tour!
May 2021 • Friends
This tour was fantastic! The beach was beautiful and the staff was very helpful and very accommodating. There are plenty of things to do on the island and the gift shop was impressive! Would highly recommend as it exceeded my expectations.
Written 27 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Emily A
Buffalo, NY12 contributions
Just ok
May 2021
I am not a boat or beach person, but my dad was really interested in this trip. It was alright. Breakfast was some ham sandwich thing with fruit. My dad didn't like it at all. I am vegan, so I got a few pieces of fruit. I even put that in the allergens section when you register for the trip, but there were no helpful accommodations made compared to other trips. At lunch I said I was vegan (in Spanish, too), and they tried to give me chicken and fish anyways. I ate a plate of bland vegetables and some rice. I found it interesting how the second booking got beans, rice, and other options, while ours was animal-product heavy. I do not know why they couldn't have offered me a different lunch if it was going to be prepared at the same place. We got free lounging chairs, but they were very close together. It was difficult to move, and got crowded. The island itself was beautiful and we enjoyed the hike. You have to pay for Wi-Fi and the map, but the giftshop was the most affordable around. We were ready after three hours, but you do get five. The guide also talked a lot on the way there, and it was very early. Regardless, we have beautiful pictures and did enjoy the day.
Written 16 May 2021
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graylinec2019
Hi, Dear Customer, thanks for your comments, lets me check your reservation because we have a special menu for vegan or other preferences menus.
Written 18 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Morgan G
6 contributions
Beautiful blue water
Apr 2021 • Friends
This was the best trip we took! The drinks and music were great, the staff was friendly and there was more than enough time to do multiple activities. There were enough chairs/seating to not feel overcrowded. There could be some improvements food-wise and we did watch a roach crawl into a crack in the ceiling near the bar. Other than that, and being picked up a few minutes after the expected time, the experience was great. I really appreciated the amount of communication that was involved prior to, during and following the trip. Our tour guide was very informative and made sure to keep up with our group.
Written 26 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maneka S
1 contribution
An adventure of a lifetime
Great I can’t wait to go to Costa Rica xfcffffffffffvgvvvvvvvv whoooooop I’m going to really enjoy myself as soon as I get there I’m only there for three days
Written 13 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Sharon S
Hello! Greetings from Gray Line Costa Rica. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us!
Written 17 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

familjenb0rg
Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde11 contributions
Tortuga
Jan 2020 • Family
Tortuga is nice but the food was not good. The traffic was horrible. We spent so many hours in the bus. The boat is very slow. You couldn’t hear what they say in the microphone.. not a good day..
Written 2 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

World Rover R
Manalapan, United States16 contributions
Nice Getaway But Do Not Expect Too Much Else
Dec 2019
The Tour was beyond outstanding- NO detail missed and I highly highly recommend it! The island however, is simply a nice beach and not much else to do there. Great for a day to get away and just R&R.
Written 28 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GAPS1128
Saint Louis, MO14 contributions
Perfect day trip!
Dec 2019
This had to be by far the best feature of our trip. The tour started early in the morning with snack on the bus enroute to the port Punterenas. The size of the boat for the number of passengers was adequate. We had plenty of refreshments Pineapples, Watermelon, Passion fruit juice on the almost 2 hour ride to Tortuga Island. Spent some time on the beach. Lunch served was good, they had made special accomodations for us as we are vegetarians. After lunch we choose to go for a hike, although we did not see any birds or wildlife we enjoyed gorgeous views of the ocean from the top of the hill. Andrea our guide was phenominal, her knowledge of the history of Costa Rica, the nature and surroundings was phenominal. She is definately a great asset to the tour company. The only thing not well doine was the transfer from the small bus to a big bus that we travlled to the idland. The transfer was handled right on the highway, with not much space to walk, We would recommend take the extra 5 minutes to pull of an exit and make the transfer in a safer way.. Otherwise we would give A+ on the tour. Wev enjoyed it. It is definately very tiring at the end of the day. If you choose to take this trip make sure the next day is an off day, so you dont have to wake up real early in the morning.. It always helps to goi prepared for the beach, hiking or watersports so you can enjoy all aspects of the trip.
Written 16 December 2019
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Sharon S
Dear GAPS1128, Thanks for your trust, we're thankful for amazing customers like you. We hope you'll come and see us again soon!
Written 17 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mel
1 contribution
Overcrowded, long travel
Dec 2019 • Couples
I’m usually a go with the flow kind of person, but if I could go back I wouldn’t go on this trip.

The ride: pick up was on time around 6:30am and the bus was comfortable, but the bus ride was 2-3 hours depending on whether you were picked up first or last. If you don’t mind that then it shouldn’t be an issue but after traveling to the country it was long on top of the boat ride (another 2-3 hours)
“Breakfast”: the breakfast they claim is far from breakfast. It was a small roll with 1 piece of ham and 1 piece of kraft singles with oil and vinegar mixture put on a day before before. It was soggy and tasted bitter, an apple, and a juice box. Get breakfast before hand please.
Boat: the boat ride was another 2-3 hours. It was over crowded and not enough seating for everyone. The boat was apparently built to hold 200 people, but they should consider halfing that for comforts sake. Multiple companies use this boat on the same day. People were pushy and obnoxious getting off the boat and navigating through the boat. Honestly pretty rude. wouldn’t take kids or seniors on this for sure. The entertainment was good, they had a bar that was reasonably priced, and they served fruit and a small portion of ceviche which was nice and included in price.
The island: only 5 hours of the long 15 hour (we got back to our hotel around 9-10pm) day were spent on the island. The island itself was beautiful, but again over crowding ruined the experience. Multiple companies take their guests here and although beach chairs were provided, it was very crowded. And people were playing soccer and volley ball right next to all the chairs since there’s not enough room, and no matter where you sat so you would get hit with sand in the face and literally with balls so it was impossible to relax in the chair for more than 5 minutes. They should minimize courts and not allow soccer if they claim for this to be “relaxing” it’s not. There were a good amount of variety of options of extra activities like banana boat, snorkeling etc to do which was nice for an extra cost
Lunch: lunch was delicious but again it’s not your group it’s a group of at least 100 people in line for lunch so it takes a while to get served. It was also served later than advertised (around 2pm) so bring a snack between breakfast and lunch.
Trip back: again, the commute back was another 5-6 hours between the boat and the bus.

Overall: it seemed very impersonal, overcrowded and the commute was very long for the little time spent on the island. Would not recommend
Written 15 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Sharon S
Dear Melcol222! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience. We’ll strive to do better.
Written 17 December 2019
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Trevor S
10 contributions
Great Pacific Coast Costa Rica Activity
Dec 2019 • Solo
I recommend bringing swimwear and sunscreen. Also my trip the cost for snorkeling was $20. Make sure you bring money for other activities too if you want to enjoy everything the island has to offer. There are also lockers available to hold your items while you’re having fun so you don’t have to worry about your things. The trip includes a nice tour bus ride as well and my guide did a great job. Highly recommend if you want to see one of Costa Rica’s white sand beaches.
Written 13 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Sharon S
We are excited to know that you enjoyed the Tortuga Island Tour, N8271SHtrevors! Thank you for choosing our company and dedicating part of your time to sharing your reviews. We hope to see you again with Gray Line Costa Rica!
Written 17 December 2019
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Jeff G
3 contributions
Tortuga Island
Dec 2019 • Business
A perfect trip if you like caring and detail oriented staff, and of course, the beautiful Tortuga Island. Highly recommended.
Written 6 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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