Looking for that picture-perfect “tropical paradise” tour in Costa Rica? You can’t miss a one-day tour to Tortuga Island in the Pacific’s Nicoya Gulf.

White sand beaches of Tortuga IslandFamous for its sugary white sand beaches lined with tall swaying coconut palms, Tortuga Island has crystal clear turquoise waters with no ocean currents which make this an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. This little heaven-sent jewel will be that tropical paradise you’ll daydream about forever!

You can get to Tortuga Island in many ways with many tours. If you’re staying on the Nicoya Peninsula near Playa Santa Teresa, Hotel Tropico Latino can arrange your all-inclusive full-day adventure.

Cruising along the jagged, volcanic rock coast for a fun and scenic 50-minute boat ride is how you’ll begin your voyage to Tortuga Island, after departing Montezuma beach. Watch for groups of playful dolphins or jumping manta rays, or if you’re really lucky, you may spot surfacing humpback whales as they swim their long migration down the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Central America.

Once at Tortuga Island, the fun keeps going! Your guides will lead you on a fantastic snorkeling tour to see King Angelfish, Porcupine fish, Morays, Needlefish, Spotted Eagle Rays and a host of other tropical beauties as you float in clear, warm sea over volcanic rock reef and sandy bottom. This is hands-down the best snorkeling site on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast.Eagle spotted ray at Tortuga IslandTortuga Island snorkeling

Afterward, while our chef prepares you a scrumptious tropical lunch, grab a cold drink and take a stroll along the glittering, pearly beach. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Join in a volleyball game or rent a kayak to explore the other secluded beaches of the island, or hike trails to the top of the island for spectacular views of the

Nicoya Gulf and its surrounding islands. Or if relaxation is calling your name, take a siesta under the shady coco palms.

Your tropical adventure finishes off with a picturesque boat ride back to Montezuma.

Check out Hotel Tropico Latino, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner in 2011, located near the quiet fishing village of Santa Teresa as your paradise lodging of choice. The little beach is a “hidden” tourism gem, still off the beaten track but gaining fast in popularity, and known for its romantic landscapes, beautiful sunsets, yoga centers and epic surf spots.

By Shannon

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