Located on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuguero is a thick tropical forest crisscrossed by countless rivers and man-made canals, and inhabited by wildlife including monkeys, jaguars, tapir, crocodiles, red frogs, and many tropical birds. The coast is lined with long, sandy beaches excellent for long walks (but not suitable for swimming due to strong currents and sharks). Every year large groups of Green (Jun-Oct) and, to a lesser extent, Leatherback (Feb-Jul) and Hawksbill (Jul) Turtles lay eggs on these beaches, making Tortuguero one of the western Caribbean’s most important nesting sites. There are no roads in Tortuguero. All transportation is made on canoes along jungle canals. Accommodations are provided in simple lodges. A small airstrip offers daily flights to and from San Jose.
One or two nights
Best time to go:
Rain falls year ‘round (mostly afternoons) with January, June and July the wettest months. February, April and November are the driest months although storms can lash the region at any time. During jungle treks expect hot, very humid and windless conditions although you might need a windbreaker when speeding upriver under cloudy skies.
• Boat Tours: Search for wildlife along Tortuguero’s famous canals.
• Turtle Tours: Sea turtles nest in the area July-October
• Bird Watching
• Jungle Treks