Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

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Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose
from £111.11
Leave the bustle of San Jose behind on this full-day tour to the tropical beaches and warm waters of Tortuga Island, located on the Gulf of Nicoya. Featuring some of Costa Rica’s best snorkeling, Tortuga Island also boasts white sand beaches and turquoise waters, perfect for a swim or to simply relax. Your local guide provides breakfast on the coach ride and a freshly-prepared buffet lunch at the beach. With round-trip transport from your hotel included, you get to sit back and enjoy the day!
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In Brief

San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gray Line Costa Rica, La Uruca, San Jose 10110 Costa Rica

After early morning pickup at your centrally located hotel, travel 1.5 hours by comfortable coach to Puntarenas. Snack on a simple breakfast consisting of a sandwich, juice and fruit served on board the coach. In Puntarenas, board your spacious boat for a nearly 2-hour cruise to Tortuga Island, taking in the jungle-clad coast of this gorgeous archipelago as you go.

Pristine white sand beaches and calm turquoise water surround Tortuga Island, making it a perfect place to swim and snorkel. With approximately five hours to spend at your leisure on the island, it’s up to you whether you want to relax, be active, or both! Sunbathe on the beach or go for a dip in the sea. Explore hiking trails or play sports on the beach. You can also choose to snorkel, kayak or take a banana boat ride for a small additional charge.

While you are soaking up the tropical ambiance, your guide prepares a gourmet buffet lunch for you to snack on when you get hungry. Your lunch choices include salads, grilled fish or chicken accompanied by rice and sautéed vegetables, fresh fruits, wine, and Costa Rican coffee. A few musicians play fun beach music as you enjoy your meal.

After a day in paradise, head back to San Jose, retracing your steps by boat and coach. Your tour ends when you are returned to your hotel in the evening.

Stop At: Tortuga Island, Puntarenas 00000 Costa Rica

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.

Duration: 4 hours


  • 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 Time

6:00 AM

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José

Returns To

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
  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Professional, well organized, super fun, a highlight of our trip. I definitely recommend snorkeling. The on board entertainer was historical-even Got people up dancing.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Professional, helpful staff. Great guide. Loved the entertainer. Beautiful island. Tasty food. All-round beautiful day and tour. Loved it!
• Submitted 25 Jul 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!
• Submitted 31 May 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.
• Submitted 11 Apr 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.
• Submitted 01 Mar 2018
Perfect day out. The team that handed the trip is phenomenal and took care of the participants admirably! Do not miss it.
• Submitted 30 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!
• Submitted 17 Jan 2018
It was amazing experience!! the crew was outstanding and hospitality was really great... would definitely recommend this tour to everyone...
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
This is the most amazing crew ever! You will experience EXCELLENT customer service on this day trip. Be prepared for a long bus ride followed by a long ferry ride. The entertainment crew do their best to make the ferry ride a party though. My only qualm with the ferry ride was the jaccuzzi. It was in the way and splashing all of the customers as the ferry naturally rocked with the sea waves. You have the option of sitting on the lower deck which is air conditioned to avoid this, but then you miss the party. As for Tortuga, it's the prettiest beach you'll see in Costa Rica. I'm from the Caribbean, so it doesn't quote compare to our beaches, but it's nice.You have to pay for any activities once you get there, but I knew that from reading reviews beforehand 15 snorkeling, 5 to do a self-guided hike, and a banana boat option that I did not participate in. All in all, it was a fun day, and I'm glad that we got to experience it.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2017
Very relaxing. Boat ride was ideal. Excellent food at the Island. Another long day but well worth the long day.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2017
An absolute must when you visit Costa Rica. The beach is serene and includes multiple activities (jet skiing, snorkeling, etc), and the crew is loads of fun. I would go again and again!
• Submitted 14 Nov 2017
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
It's a long time but the tour was amazing! Our guide Josue was a great guide and knew his stuff. The catamaran ride to and from the island was entertaining. Also you are able to see other protected island. The best part for me was the trail part where you can see different plant species.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
It was so much fun and the crew were amazing. The food was delicious and the island was breathtaking. The weather was perfect andbwe saw whales as well.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2017
This was a great day! From the bus ride early in the morning until I was delivered safely back to my hotel in the evening, everything was just what one would wish for - the interesting, enjoyable cruise on the catamaran, the lovely beach, great food and drinks handed to me every few minutes. We saw a whale on the return cruise and the captain slowed the boat for a long time so we might get another look. No hurrying at all. Most of all I want to compliment the crew and hosts. I am a solo traveler and was the only English-speaker in the group so I was pretty clueless much of the time. But it didn't matter, because the hosts looked out for me. One in particular, Josh, was especially helpful in helping me navigate through the day. Thank you Josh! It's much appreciated. I'll be back.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2017
WoW!!! What an absolute blast!!! The vessel crew was very catering from the vessel to the beach and back. A whole day laying on the beach while they bring you fresh coconut with rum, play volleyball, read a book, feed you a delicious meal, live music and even baby turtles found their way to enjoy our day. The fun didn't end when we boarded the vessel to go home. The crew played music and entertained the whole way back with salsa dancing and singing galore. SO MUCH FUN!!!
• Submitted 14 Jul 2017
The hotel pickup was 15 minutes late, and the pickup at other hotels continued for the next hour. But I am not complaining because it was good to see more of the city during that ride. The trip was beyond my expectations. The bus was so comfortable, clean, and has AC. The bus driver was good. Breakfast was a sandwich, apple, and juice was good. Our tour guide and all the other staff were very, very friendly. The boat ride was amazing! It was clean, and there was the entertainment crew who were lovely. Fruit and drinks were served on our ride to the island and on the way back. The island was OK- wasn't clear or crystal blue, nothing breathtaking. It was just nice to meet other travellers and chilling on the beach, or other activities were available at our own cost other people seemed to have had a good time. Lunch was also delicious-we had chicken, fish, rice, veggies, and had some free soft drinks. Overall, this tour was very pleasant :
• Submitted 29 Apr 2017
Great tour!
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
Very relaxing day at the beach. Staff was friendly. It was interesting to see how staff prepared the food on the island. I would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2017
We really enjoyed our Tortuga Island adventure. ..the staff couldn't have been nicer or worked harder, to ensure that we had a nice time! The entertainers were great and lots of fun. Food was very good and the island was picturesque. Be sure to wear your beach shoes though...the beach was very pebbly! One suggestion to Viator...on our reservation it said to phone the office within 48 hours of departure to confirm pickup at our hotel. May we suggest EMAIL ING the office with that request, so that both will have something in writing and it would be easier for those coming from different countries.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2017
Great tour! The guides were bilingual and very knowledgeable. The live music on the boat was great as well as the lunch served on the island. I did the snorkeling excursion and the marine life was plentiful.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2017
Definitely a must do when visiting Costa Rica. We had so much fun on the catamaran with the live music and wonderful sights of the various islands we passed by. Lunch and the beach was perfect very clean and calm water to swim in. Crew were very helpful and friendly in making sure everything was comfortable for us.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2017
Wow what an incredible experience! The ride was 2 hours but with the live band and entertainment the two hours went fast. The tour provided breakfast, filling snacks and a very filling lunch with fresh fish and chicken. On the island we had had a wonderful time! We enjoyed stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and also were able to lay out on the beach with fresh coconut water. What an amazing experience! I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing the beauty of San Jose. Thank you for such a wonderful tour!
• Submitted 09 Jan 2017
Great People,good times,well worth doing. Thank's U and C,Canada.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2016