Tortuguero National Park
Let the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica enchant you as you explore the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. ‘The Region of Turtles’ has become the namesake for one of the country’s most visited national parks. With its incredible ecological importance, it is no wonder that Tortuguero is considered one of the most cherished reserves. The national park boasts lush forestry and a huge expanse of coastline marking it as an idyllic meeting point for land and sea. Along the twenty miles of coastline and palm lined beaches lies one of the most important nesting sites of four of the world’s green sea turtle species. Get lost in the beauty of the region and become a spectator for one of nature’s most exquisite events - an arribada.
What to do and see in the Region of the Turtles
The Tortuguero National Park is most famous for their mass nesting rituals of four of the world’s eight sea green turtle species. Throughout the year visitors will have the opportunity to bear witness to a natural phenomenon that few get to experience. The park is home to Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles all of which swarm to the beaches during their nesting seasons and lay millions of eggs along the twenty miles of Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica. This beautiful reserve is a sanctuary for sky, land and sea species making for a natural paradise with everything one needs to enjoy a truly spectacular eco-experience.
Most of the sightseeing takes place on the waters of the reserve with some boat trips offering hikers the opportunity to explore the landlocked wonders of Tortuguero National Park. Whether you want to absorb the beauty by boat, get your fishing rods wet in the perfect and most environmentally friendly spot, or you want to trek through the lush Costa Rican forestry - at the Tortuguero National Park there is something that will captivate your heart and soul.
Fishing, whale watching, canoeing and canal trips are all popular pastimes in the region, so be sure to find time to get the most of your trip to Tortuguero.
Special animals to spot
There is plenty to see in the National Park, so keep your eyes open - if you're lucky you could spot...:
• Loggerhead Sea Turtle
• Hawksbill Sea Turtle
• Leatherback Sea Turtle
• Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
• Green Turtle
• Fin Whale
• Great Green Macaw
• Mantled Howler Monkey
• American Crocodile
• Spectacled Caiman
• Forest frogs
• Blue Jeans and/or Strawberry Poison Dart Frog
Accomodation near the Tortugero National Park
The town of Tortuguero is known for being warm, welcoming and extremely hospitable. The town has a number of quaint hotels and guesthouses which can suit almost every traveller’s budget. But due to the high demand for affordable accommodation in the region and the limited number of space available - visitors are strongly recommended to book their rooms well in advance.
The town of Tortuguero is a mere 1 kilometre from the National Park, so finding a guesthouse or hotel in this region is perfect for anyone who wants to experience Costa Rican town life hospitality while still enjoying the natural surroundings of the park. So what are you waiting for? Start planning an adventure in Tortuguero today!