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Evergreen Lodge


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Evergreen Lodge overview

This family-friendly lodge is situated on Costa Rica's north Caribbean coast, just a 5 minute boat ride from the main entrance to Tortuguero National Park. There are 55 rooms, all en-suite, spacious and kept cool by ceiling fans. The lodge has 2 acres of grounds for you to explore, with canopy walkways giving you fine views of the rainforest.

The dining room is light and airy. Generous buffet-style meals are served here, allowing you to sample as many different dishes as you wish. The bar is a great place to relax and discuss travel stories with fellow guests over a refreshing drink, and you can enjoy quiet downtime in the lounge. There's an inviting outdoor swimming pool, ideal for cooling off in the midday heat. The spa offers a range of services including massages to ease tired muscles.

Activities available include boat trips, kayaking, forest walks and wildlife spotting in Tortuguero, known for its varied flora and fauna. You can also watch turtles if you're here during the egg-laying season, July to October.


Open: Evergreen Lodge is open all year.

Location: The lodge is in north east Costa Rica, just a 5-minute boat ride from Tortuguero National Park. From San Jose you travel by bus for about 2 hours followed by a motorised boat ride of around an hour.

Rooms: There are 55 guest rooms, all en-suite with hot and cold running water. They are kept cool by ceiling fans. The accommodation is simple but comfortable.

Activities: Take motor boat rides, go kayaking and guided nature walks in Tortuguero National Park whilst looking out for monkeys, lizards, otters, turtles, caiman and birds, follow the canopy tour in the lodge's grounds. From July to October you may see nesting green turtles, with evening walking tours to watch them on the beach. Fishing is good between January and May, and again from August to October.The boat, forest, and other excursions are done as group activities where you will be joining several other guests from the lodge.

Facilities: The lodge is set in 2 hectares of grounds. There is a restaurant and a bar, with a TV and music. Outside there is a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and large sunbathing area with loungers. The alfresco resting area is a good place to sit among the trees between excursions. The spa offers massages.

Dining: Meals are served buffet style at set times, and there is wine to accompany dinner. Meals are eaten at individual tables at one of the restaurants.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.

Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria

Communication: There is WiFi internet access, but this can be patchy.

Notes: Wellington boots and ponchos are available for guest use.

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client reviews

Mrs. Karen Coe (14/08/2019)

"Evergreen Lodge is in an excellent location, and the tours from here - notably the turtle tour and the village visit - are very good, with knowledgeable and friendly guides who do a great job. Accommodation is fine, the lodges are spacious and beds comfortable and all is very clean. It's a bit dated now, but the gardens and pools are great and it's a good introduction to the rainforest, particularly for those on a bit of a budget. Plenty of monkeys, leaf cutter ants, colourful crabs and 'blue jeans' (poisonous) little frogs in the grounds, and some lovely flowers. What made me hesitate between 'good' and 'average' was the food - it's tasty enough but a bit 'samey', though the Gallo pinto is excellent - and, more than anything, the lack of organisation. Or perhaps I should say the lack of communication - we had to ask fellow guests if they knew the meal times (and we had several other guests ask us), there is no map of the site or even a general information leaflet in the rooms and we only found out by accident that we had been assigned to a particular one of the three onsite restaurants (all serve the same food). "

Ms. Lorna Pearson (14/08/2019)
"Very practical lodge with a lovely pool area and excellent food. Amazing to see a sloth, monkeys, lizards, a snake and a huge toad just wandering round the gardens. "
Mr. Timothy Somervell
"Shame they failed to collect us from the airstrip - luckily the man from Sansa airlines gave us a lift in his boat so we were not left alone on the concrete airstrip. We passed the boat from Evergreen when we were halfway to the lodge."
Mrs. Andrea Dawson
"Location good. Rooms very nice but restaurant area very ordinary and food not very good. Basic buffet with choice of 2 mains. No vegetarian alternative offered so would have to pre-order. Pool area pleasant but noisy as loud music which seemed inappropriate in that setting."
Frances and Ian Clarke
"You really feel part of the rainforest here (and boy did it rain!) with wildlife on your doorstep. Loved the river trip and visit to Tortuguero from here. The food was typically Costa Rican which was fine but meals did seem hurried and after 8pm they were obviously waiting to close. Had some nice cocktails in the upstairs bar though."

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