Tortuguero is located on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principal Port of Limon. It’s namesake is the surrounding Tortuguero National Park, which is one of the most remote and wildest regions of Costa Rica. This small village can be reached only by boat or airplane.

The beaches of Tortuguero are important nesting sites for several of the world’s most endangered species of sea turtles. Due to this, there are two biological stations, the Cano Palma Biological Research Station and the John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, which operate from the area immediately surrounding the village. Here they concentrate on research and conservation of the local ecology, particularly the protection and conservation of turtles. This small village is sustained, for the most part, by tourism. The canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park are a study of rainforest, freshwater and marine biology.

Of all the things to do, a visit to The Tortuguero National Park is an absolute must. It is an incredible park containing high rainforests to marshy lands, long stretches of beach, and wide open canals. It is also one of the most important breeding grounds for the Green Sea Turtle. Wildlife here is abundant, including but not limited too many types of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and of course fish such as Tarpon. An incredible 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 down the canal where you?ll be able to spot all kinds of wildlife. If you are seeking more adventure, there is plenty of it, how about fishing, ziplining or check out the suspension bridges.

Tortuguero is located along the northeatern coast of Costa Rica. The GPS coordinates are approximately 10°32′28″N 83°30′08″W.

Unlike other parts of the country it is important to remember that it rains here for most days of the year. The weather tends to improve slightly from December to April, which is Costa Rica’s dry season. However, this does not mean that it stops raining. The rainfall just eases up. Keeping this in mind, pack accordingly. That means the right raingear, waterproof hiking boots and sneakers, long and short sleeve pants and shirt. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera (waterproof if possible), binoculars, and batteries.

Remember, transportation to this region is very limited and one can only reach these areas by boat or a small plane. Keep in mind there will be a fee to get in the National Park. These fees change from time to time but are usually reasonable. Without doubt, if you can, always take the opportunity for the service of a guide. This will be money well spent.

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