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Although the room rates below may appear high, keep in mind that they usually include round-trip transportation from San José (which amounts to approx. $100 per person), plus all meals, taxes, and usually some tours. When broken down into nightly room rates, most of the lodges are really charging only $60 to $150 for a double room. Note: Package rates listed are for the least expensive travel option, which is a bus and boat combination in and out. All lodges also offer packages with a plane flight, either one or both ways.

Several basic cabinas in the village of Tortuguero offer budget lodgings for $30 to $60 per person. Cabinas Miss Junie (tel. 2709-8102) and Cabinas Miss Miriam (tel. 2709-8002) are the traditional favorites, though you may prefer Casa Marbella. The other choices are Hotel El Icaco (www.hotelelicaco.com; tel. 2709-8044) and Hotel Tortuguero Natural (www.hoteltortugueronatural.com; tel. 2767-0466).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.