Tortuga Island

Tortuga Island

It is another marvel in the Golf of Nicoya, the excursions leave from the pier in Puntarenas to this paradise, and the journey lasts 1½ to 2 hours with an exciting trip offering panoramic views of several islands, dolphins, turtles and more. This island has white sand and turquoise colored water.


Bay Island Cruises Ph (506) 2258-3536. E-mail: The tour includes: Transport from and to San José by bus with air conditioning, TV, bathrooms and a bar. Breakfast served on board the bus, bilingual guides. Cruise: tropical fruits, natural juices, live music on board the boat.  Exquisite buffet style lunch on the beach accompanied with white wine and live music. A bar during the cruise is available, alcoholic drinks at very reasonable prices. Price of the tour 55 US$ nationals, 79 US$ foreigners 45 US$ and children from 2 to 11 years of age. Itinerary: 7:00 a.m depart from San José, 9:00 a.m arrived in Puntarenas, 10:45 a.m arrived to Tortuga Island, 12:00 m.d lunch, 3:00 p.m depart from Tortuga Island, 4:40 p.m arrive at Puntarenas, 7:30 p.m arrive at San José.

Calypso Catamarán Ph (506) 2256-2727, fax (506) 2256-6767. E-mail: The trip is on a motorized Catamaran, 21.34 meters in length, called Manta Raya, with air conditioning, outside Jacuzzi and showers. Circuits to Tortuga Island and Punta Coral, includes: round trip transportation in a luxury air conditioned bus and television, breakfast, in the yacht serving fruits, natural drinks, alcoholics drinks are paid for separately, on the island they give you a welcome cocktail and lunch.  Cost of tour 99 US$. Itinerary: 7:00 a.m departs from San José, 9:00 a.m arrives in Puntarenas, 10:45 a.m arrives at Tortuga Island, 12:00 m.d lunch, 3:00 pm departs from Tortuga Island, 4:40 p.m arrives at Puntarenas, 7:30 p.m departs from San José.

Activities and Festivities

The festivals of the Virgen del Mar are during the second week of July, where you can enjoy traditional food, seafood dishes, artistic expressions and on the 16th of July, the day of the Virgin, there is a boat parade with ships that have been artistically decorated. The carnivals every year, take place February, the city is dressed in happiness, art, music dance and all the colors of a carnival that go through the main roads of the city and the Paseo de los Turistas, where you can enjoy processions, floats, outside concerts, food, and all the happiness and hospitality of the village of  Puntarenas.