Staying at TJ Costa Rica Journeys was a retreat unlike any other! The panoramic views, the sounds of the jungle, the incredible meals and fresh fruit, morning swims in the pool, my beautiful bedroom suite, walks on the beach with the rolling waves, the charming town and it’s Saturday market.

All of these made my trip to Costa Rica one of the richest healing experiences of my life. I can’t say enough to express how special this place and this time was!


The property is located on a small cliff, over-looking the Pacific Ocean, so that extraordinary views are guaranteed all day long, including impressive sunsets every evening.

One beautiful morning, we went down to the beach to watch the tide and scarlet macaws in the wild. It was so quiet that we only heard the sound of the waves. Also after waking up in the morning, one could here only the sounds of nature.

As a guest you can enjoy the spectacular view sitting on your own private deck. The rooms are all amazing and luxurious, and we settled in with a wonderfully comfortable king size bed, two big and clean bathrooms and a nice balcony overlooking the ocean.

For such a small corner of Costa Rica, there is a surprisingly high number of activities to try out and enjoy. The people from the property know the area very well, and are pleased to help you with planning trips.

This place is very special and not to be mistaken as a hotel. Let’s describe it more as an open house where everyone is welcome. I am definitely going to visit this lovely place again, every time I’m in the southern zone of Costa Rica.

Andrea And Selena

First and by far our most important suggestion: don’t change a thing! We really had a wonderful time and want to thank you again for all you did to make it work. The accommodations were superb. The property is one of a kind and truly amazing. Kudos to you, Frank, and the entire staff for keeping the Discovery Channel in business. Keep watching and grading those sunsets!

Chef Dave was a great asset. It was relaxing not have to plan grocery store trips or nights out to eat. His food and cooking skills are top notch. We would highly recommend him to anyone!

Again, thank you very much for a wonderful trip. And thank you for sitting down and sharing a little of yourself with all of us. That was unexpected and appreciated.

David F.

Casa Tortuga to me is translated as Serenity in Paradise. The accommodations are beyond 5 star, and you truly feel as if you’re safely nestled within the deep jungle.

The diversity of wildlife on the property was amazing! There are resident iguanas that seem to playfully come out to say “hello”, a pair of scarlet macaws that fly by daily to greet you with their resonating and powerful calls, toucans that rest in the palms at the pool, and countless more species of beautiful creatures.

Casa Tortuga is a treat to all of the senses, and although stimulating has a way of inducing a unique inner peace and comfort. We loved the beautiful beach where the jungle meets the sea. The views are staggering. We also hiked Nauyaca Waterfalls, zip-lined in Hacienda Baru, fished and had a nighttime bug tour on this 75-acre biological preserve by a resident biologist studying the local sea turtles.

However, we would’ve been completely blessed and content simply resting at this magical estate and enjoying the views. This magic will touch every heart from 2 to 102 and all agree (16 of us) that it exceeds all expectations. Thank you Jannette, Frank and Chef Dave for all of your efforts in accommodating our every need!

Todd S.

What an amazing place! Casa Tortuga is authentic Costa Rica with a luxurious atmosphere. The open-air feel and beautiful grounds are like a dream. Jannette and Frank are informative and helpful with all your needs. Frank keeps the place in great working condition, and Jannette is the best tour guide around.

This part of Costa Rica is what dreams are made of. Thank you for a vacation of a lifetime. You can’t beat the beauty of Reserva Playa Tortuga. It is where nature meets luxury. Amazing place and would highly recommend for everyone – couples, families, work groups – there is something for everyone. We will miss you!

Stephanie P.

What a beautiful stay in Casa Tortuga. It was a perfect way to vacation with our family of 14 that included 5 teenagers. The wildlife, swimming pool, hikes, and easy accessibility to National Parks made it ideal.

Jannette and Frank made our stay carefree and comfortable. Thanks so much! The dinner prepared by Chef Dave was delicious – much appreciated.

Shirley G.

Thank you Casa Tortuga for sharing your beautiful oasis with our Soul Getaway Family. Jannette is perfectly accommodating to all your needs, and Chef Ryan’s daily menu is exceptional. The facility is beautiful, and your views are incredibly inspiring. Words cannot express the peace and happiness I have felt here.


Where do I begin? As I put pen to paper, I am ever so grateful and blessed for staying at an incredible, most beautiful place I have ever seen. The natural pureness of this villa. No matter where I look, I see beauty. Thank you Jannette for everything


Hosting our retreat here was an incredible experience. Having Jannette and Frank here in full support to cater to our needs was the best feeling, and allowed us to fully focus on facilitating. The property and accommodations are amazing. Everything was above and beyond our expectations. Thank you so much!


It was the most amazing experience for our first retreat here. Jannette was awesome and helpful. A beautiful spirit always there supporting our needs. Super grateful that RPT Journeys was divinely guided into our lives. Sunrise to sunset was purely magical!


We have only Thank You’s and a lot of gratitude to RPT Journeys. Jannette, Frank, Ryan and all your team have exceeded our expectations. The place is paradise, clean, and heavenly. It had the best food, with an everyday change of menu, very nutritious food, well prepared and served. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. We are definitely coming back.


Thanks everyone at Casa Tortuga for a great visit. Happy we found you on VRBO. I would like to come back in the near future. Lots of room for 19 members of the Best and Earle families from Montreal, Calgary and St. John. To others who are interested, the local spots have great dining, and I recommend you use the Playa Tortuga or Playa Hermosa for even bigger surf. Don’t waste your time at the other beaches. Cheers! Our visit at Casa Tortuga was nothing short of spectacular. The vistas, hospitality, and relaxation we enjoyed on this trip will be memories to last a lifetime.

Best and Earle Families, Canada

Pura Vida! That sums up what has been an extraordinary week with our good friends at Casa Tortuga. The location is ideal, the views breathtaking, the staff knowledgeable and accommodating which resulted in a perfect vacation for our family and friends. Our only regret is that we could only spend a week in beautiful Costa Rica! Special thanks to Jannette, Frank, and Chef Dave.

The Dunleavy Family – MA, U.S.

“Spectacular” – that’s the word that I use when I describe Casa Tortuga. This trip and this place were above and beyond my wildest dreams. The accommodations were beautiful, and the staff was so helpful and kind. Thank you so much for welcoming us into your little slice of paradise. We feel so blessed that we got to remember our wedding day here in such a blissful place. All the love and all the thanks.

A & J Hertel - United States

Casa Tortuga was the perfect backdrop for Josh and Asha’s wedding. You all and Costa Rica welcomed us with open arms. Thank you Jannette and Frank and your lovely staff. We felt completely at home for the entire visit.

J. & S. Dillard - Memphis, TN

What a beautiful place and the best choice for this special occasion. Thanks to all the Casa Tortuga staff who are so kind and filled with warmth. I would recommend this venue for any large group. So conveniently located to explore some truly spectacular Costa Rican sights. Thank you.

N. – United States

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Tortuga. The sunsets were stunning, and the scenery was to die for. We had a blast relaxing, and spending quality time with our family. Some of the highlights of the trip were zip lining, hiking Nauyaca Waterfalls, and exploring the many beaches in the area. One of our favorite things was coming back to this beautiful house, and watching the sunset as a family after a long day of adventuring. We would definitely recommend walking down to Playa Tortuga near sunset, and heading for a walk to the caves. The 360o views are unreal!. Thank you for everything.

Team Lynch - Massachusetts, U.S.

Casa Tortuga was so much fun for our family vacation. We could spend another week exploring all the area beaches. Great food by Chef Dave.

The Lynches - Massachusetts, U.S.

Casa Tortuga was a great place for our family reunion. Surfing, beach, pool, zip lining, jumping off of the waterfalls – we had a full week! My sunsets kept getting interpreted – one night it was a big, red iguana. Last night it was a family of howler monkeys. Things are sometimes challenging in paradise!

Team Lynch 3 - Massachusetts, U.S.

Casa Tortuga was an amazing place for our family gathering! The property is beautiful, and Jannette and Frank were super helpful any time we needed anything. We loved the quiet mornings with the hummingbirds and monkeys, the afternoons playing in the pool, and the spectacular sunsets. We did a ton of surfing, we zip lined, hiked the Nauyaca Waterfalls, and saw the caves at the north end of Playa Tortuga. And had a bonfire on the beach!!! We made a lot of special memories, and I hope we can come back soon.

The Lynches - Massachusetts, U.S.

Our stay at Casa Tortuga was nothing short of spectacular! From the howler monkeys, to the magical nature path, Chef Dave’s home cooking, and Jannette’s constant care and fantastic recommendations. We would return in a heartbeat. This house is amazing, awesome, super great. We loved every moment. The beautiful flowers, the animals, and the mango tree. We had a spectacular time at Casa Tortuga.

The Noonan Family – MA, U.S.

WOW!!! Amazing time here again. Thank you for making our retreat a true paradise. The food was absolutely delicious.

Angie – Toronto, CA

Hosting our second retreat here has been another incredible experience. All the support and effort by the staff proved to be beyond expectations. Looking forward to bringing more groups here to this beautiful space.

Dane – Toronto, CA

Casa Tortuga has surpassed any other stay I have ever experienced in any other country. This place truly feels like a magical part of Costa Rica. I cannot wait to come back. Thank you Jannette and staff for the amazing service.

Cynthia – Toronto, CA

Thank you for sharing this beautiful paradise with us. Jannette is so warm and welcoming, and always ready to accommodate us. The grounds and rooms are beautiful! And we so enjoyed the pool. Thank you for this fabulous week. Chef Alex was outstanding!!!

Sue – Toronto, CA

Casa Tortuga is an oasis. The view is breathtaking. The grounds majestic. Thank you for sharing your home with strangers allowing us to feel as we are at home. Gratitude and Joy!!

Anna Maria – Toronto, CA

Speechless. One of the many things I’ve said repeatedly on this trip. Such a sacred space you’ve created in this breathtaking villa. I will forever have a picture in my library of this gorgeous property. With gratitude and love.

Oriana – Toronto, CA