Tortuguero

The Caribbean Coast is home to the beautiful town of Tortuguero and it's National Park. This sun drenched zone with its sparsely spaced coastal villages offers a completely laid back and relaxed atmosphere. The culture is vastly different on this coast compared to the rest of the country with its prominent Afro-Caribbean influence notable as well in the delicious cuisine found here.

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Area Guide

There are no roads leading to Tortuguero and is most commonly accessed by boat from the town of Moin found near the port town of Limon. From here you’ll take a boat trip on the canal to Tortuguero and its National Park. Another option is by taking a short plane ride from San Jose. The village itself is small with a collection of houses, a hand full of hotels, gift shops, and lots of wildlife attractions.

The Tortuguero National Park is one of the most varied parks boasting high rainforests to marshy lands, long stretches of beach, wide open canals perfect for crocodile spotting, and is also one of the most important breeding grounds for the Green Sea Turtle. The wildlife here is rich and diverse with unusually large populations of monkeys, birds and fish.

Though relatively small, Tortuguro offers a variety of activities. An absolutely awesome experience is to visit the nesting beaches at night with a guide and watch the turtles laying eggs or eggs hatching. Rent a canoe or Kayak and go exploring on the canal where you’ll be able to spot creatures such as the caimans, birds, and crocodiles. The park also offers various trails great for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Also popular here are fishing and sports fishing tours as well as the zip line and suspension bridges.

Feedback From Travelers

Very much a retirement tour, but the whole experience was our favourite of the trip. Embedded in the jungle with wildlife, the staff couldn’t do enough for us and we’re all really lovely. Great organised trips. Really enjoyed it.

- JILLY B, JAN 2020

We were there three days, not the 21 shown at the top of the review. We also went to five other locations in CR. The hotel is older and we hah an opportunity to speak with the owner and her son. They plan to do some upgrades which are needed. Even though we were there for the “dry” season. It rained all the time. We took tours in the rain, kayaked in the rain. Clothes would never dry. Walking trails were flooded & not completely accessible. Guides and hotel personnel were outstanding. Restaurant was very good. We traveled there by boat which took a bit of time but that was our choice as we did not want to fly. We observed some coming in by plane as the landing strip is across the river from the hotel. Those guest were shuttled over by boat. The Caribbean Sea and beach were on the other side of the landing strip. Quite beach, water too volatile to swim. Nice but three days were sufficient.

- ARTHUR G, JAN 2020

This was another great trip planned by Anywhere. I love this service!

- ANDREA F, DEC 2019