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Tortuguero National Park (Parque Nacional Tortuguero)
Tortuguero National Park (Parque Nacional Tortuguero)

Tortuguero National Park (Parque Nacional Tortuguero)

Costa Rica

The Basics

If you’re hoping to see turtles, visit Tortuguero National Park as part of a multi-day tour, and head to the beaches at night, where you’ll scan the sand for turtle tracks using the beam of a flashlight. Another highlight is boating the freshwater lagoons, a pristine habitat for more than 300 bird species. You’ll also find three hiking trails in the park—take the one to Tortuguero Hill for stellar views over the canals and beaches.

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The Authentic Tortuguero National Park One Day Tour
The Authentic Tortuguero National Park One Day Tour
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USD200.00 per adult
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Awesome tour and knowledgeable tour...
Awesome tour and knowledgeable tour guide. Walk thru small village and saw the beach where the turtles migrate. Last 10 miles of the tour was bumpy on the dirt road and other than that it was great.
Arif-Frasha, Nov. 2017

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Night visits to see the turtles must be accompanied by a guide, and cameras are prohibited.

  • Wear waterproof boots if you’re planning on hiking, as the trails are often muddy.

  • Take insect repellent and sunscreen, and be prepared for hot, humid conditions year-round.

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How to Get There

Remote Tortuguero National Park is accessible only by boat or small plane, so most travelers get there as part of a guided tour. Boats to Tortuguero leave from Moín, near Puerto Limón.

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When to Get There

For turtle spotting, visit during peak nesting season (March through May for leatherback turtles, and July through October for green turtles). Go on a night safari to look for frogs, snakes, insects, and turtles; early morning hours are ideal for viewing birds and other wildlife. September, October, and February tend to be the driest months.

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The Village of Tortuguero

The gateway to the national park of the same name, Tortuguero is worth exploring in its own right. Although the tiny community with strong Afro-Caribbean roots has no cars or roads, it’s home to a smattering of hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

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