Best Costa Rica Islands | Isla Tortuga

Surrounding the Nicoya Peninsula are a number of small islands that are waiting to be explored. Some are designated as National Parks, some for adventure activity, and some to explore Costa Rica’s history. Each island is surrounded by the beautiful blue water of Costa Rica’s oceans. Read on below as we adventure to some of the most interesting islands around Montezuma.

Tortuga Island is all about fun! The tour from Montezuma offers an exciting 45 minute boat ride to the island, a stop at a local reef for snorkeling, and lunch on the island once you arrive. Spending time on Tortuga Island is spent relaxing on lounge chairs, riding jet skis, banana boating, stand up paddle boarding or playing beach volleyball. There are fun activities for everyone!

List of Best Costa Rica Islands

  1. Isla San Lucas

Now designated as a National Park in the Gulf of Nicoya, Isla San Lucas has an interesting history. Visit the island and explore ancient artifacts, an abandoned prison, and the wildlife preserve.

What’s Cool: The large prison was used for over 100 years to house Costa Rica’s worst criminals.

  1. Isla Zopilote

A small, deserted island in the Gulf of Nicoya, that offers a glimpse of the untouched natural habitat of Costa Rica’s islands. A great spot to see birds of Costa Rica.

What’s Cool: Most people see the island by passing by on a boat.

  1. Isla Caballo

Located in the middle of the Gulf of Nicoya, this small island has two beautiful beaches that some Costa Rican’s call home. Explore beaches and visit local fisherman.

What’s Cool: The only way to get there is by boat!

  1. Isla Cabuya

A small island located off of the coast of the fishing community called Cabuya, this island is still a functioning cemetery. The water surrounding the island is great for snorkeling, kayaking and sometimes surfing!

What’s Cool: Time your visit with the low tide and you can walk all the way out to the island!

  1. Isla Tortuga

Tortuga Island is all about fun and sun. Take a boat ride to the island and enjoy lounge chairs, jet skis, banana boat rides, stand up paddle boarding, and kayaking.

What’s cool: Part of the tour includes a stop at a near by reef for some great snorkeling!


Where to Stay

Looking in on the luxury tent cabins at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma, Costa Rica

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Long considered one of the most scenic resorts in Costa Rica, with beachfront rooms. For over 8 years we’ve received the Certificated of Excellence by TripAdvisor, and listed on leading travel publications including Fodor’s Choice.

Relax on our beach that is nestled between a rain forest teeming with exotic life. More adventurous travelers can explore the endless activities available including; surfing,scuba-diving, zip-lining, ATV, horseback riding and even trails through the jungle!

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