There are several ways to get to Tortuguero. You can choose between a fast but a little more expensive way, or a longest but also more economical.
Our recommendation is that you stay at least 2 nights in Tortuguero, because sometimes the journey is long and tiring, depending from where you intend to come from. This way you will have more time for activities not to be missed while visiting Tortuguero.
Below are the most common ways in which tourists come to La Baula Lodge:


Time: It depends on your departure destination.

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You must head to the city of Guápiles, which is on the 32 Route (San Jose to Limon highway) and once you are there, you can follow the map that can be downloaded here and that will take you to La Pavona,which is the place where you will park you car and hop on one of the public boats to Tortuguero…

It is the same principle if you are coming from the South Caribbean (Puerto Viejo, Cahuita) or from La Fortuna de San Carlos.

The parking is very safe, roofed and they will charge you approximately $6 per day per vehicle.

In La Pavona, once you have parked your vehicle, head to the Restaurant & buy tickets for the public boat to Tortuguero.

Departures are at 7:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. and 4:00p.m.

Once you have reached the village of Tortuguero, take a water taxi and ask him to take you to La Baula Lodge. We are located just 3 minutes by boat from the village.

Taxis charge approximately $3 fee per person.

Download here a map with directions to La Pavona from the city of Guápiles.

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They also can deliver vehicles at Guapiles city, in case that you are planning to rent a car after your visit to Tortuguero.


Time: 30 minutes from San Jose
Cost: between $70°° & $100°° each way

The easiest and fastest way to get to Tortuguero and also the best way to save time when you are heading to your next destination.

You can also make connections to go to Bocas del Toro in Panama or to Panama City.

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Free shuttle service from and to Tortuguero Airport if you keep us informed on your flight itinerary.

You can also take one of our :


Packages on which the ground and aquatic transportation is included from and to the following destinations or a mix on them:

  • San José
  • La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Caribe Sur

(Puerto Viejo – Cahuita, Playa Negra, Punta Cocles)

That way, you will have no worries on the road, so, you can relax and enjoy the journey.


Time: 5 hours aprox. from San José
Cost: USD$15°° aprox.

This is the cheapest but the longest way to get to Tortuguero. However, it is one of the most entertaining and likeable ways to make the trip.
The journey on public transportation is an interesting experience to learn more about the idiosyncrasies of Costa Rican citizens.

First of all, you should go to the Gran Terminal del Caribe in San Jose, (known as La parada de Caribeños). If you tell the taxi driver, he will know where to drive you.

There are buses daily from San Jose to Cariari (at 6:30am – 9:00am – 10:30am – 13:00pm – 15:00pm – 16:30pm – 18:00pm – 19:00pm). We highly recommend to take the early buses, because the buses after the one at 10:30am will not make it on time to catch the bus to La Pavona (which is the place where you have to take the boat to Tortuguero) and you will have to spend the night in Cariari. In that case, Click here to see a recomendation on where to stay in Cariari.

Once in Cariari you should take the bus to La Pavona that goes daily at 6:00am – 11:00am and 15:00pm, then, in La Pavona, go to the Restaurant and buy the tickets to take the public boat to Tortuguero (7:30am – 12:30pm and 16:00pm

Once in Tortuguero Village, take a water taxi at the same place where the public boat drops you off, and ask him to take you to La Baula Lodge. We are just 3 minutes away from the village.
The water taxi charges $3°° per person.

Do not leave your luggage unattended while in the bus stations around Costa Rica, since it could be stolen.

* Click here to get a directions map from Guapiles city to La Pavona and the bus schedule from San Jose to Tortuguero


+506 2711 3030 –
Tortuguero, Pococí, Limón