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The purpose of this site is to help you get the most out of your stay in Tortuguero, information about the National Park, the village and the turtles are provided, as well as recommendations of the best hotels and lodges in and around the village. We are based in Costa Rica, our local staffs have the first hand knowledge of the country, this will save you valuable time and effort in browsing on the internet. We will be more than happy to customize your vacation according to your budget and needs and do all the work for you at no extra cost, Book with us now!
Tortuguero means "The region of turtles" and indicates the significance of the area for the endangered sea turtles. There are eight species of sea turtles in the world, six of them nest in Costa Rica and of those, four frequently visit the 36-kilometer of protected beach in Tortuguero. The area is the most important breeding ground for the Green turtles in the Caribbean and there is no other place where those turtles nest in so great numbers.
Nevertheless, Tortuguero is not only turtles and sometimes the area is also called the Amazon of Costa Rica. The nature is impressive and a boat trip through the canal system of narrow waterways leading through primary rainforest provides close encounters with exuberant flora and abundant wildlife.
There are no roads leading to Tortuguero and the only way to get there is therefore by boat or plane. This makes the area unique and offers the possibility of exploring the nature in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere as nowhere else in the world.
There is a small village that can be walked in five minutes from one side to the other on a dirt path. There are no cars, but there are many dugout canoes, some with motors attached and others with only paddles. The town is very basic and you will find that hotels and lodges surround the entrance of the National Park. There are places with budget rooms or luxury rooms, with variety of delicious caribbean restaurants. Most of the people in this area of Costa Rica either speak English or Patua. From here you can arrange fishing trips or admire the sunrise on a dawn boat, as well as going for a turtle walk.
While turtles have been known to lay their eggs during daylight hours, it is far more common to find them waddling in a surreal procession from the sea to make their nest in the sand to lay their eggs at night.
This is a place where lots of fun and adventures await you!
Enjoy your visit to this green jewel of the Caribbean!