Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

    
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This is one of the few Costa Rican National Parks where walking quietly isn't necessarily the best way to see things. The marked trail along the beach is used mostly for observing turtle nesting, but the best way to see most of the park is from a boat. That doesn't mean you can't get a workout while nature watching; there are plenty of places to rent canoes and kayaks (cayucas or botes).

The area protected by Tortuguero (turtle catcher) National Park was an archipelago of volcanic islands until alluvial sediments from the interior mountains filled in the spaces and formed a network of marshy islands. Sand piled up where the river deposited land met the sea, and the turtle nesting beaches of Tortuguero formed.

The exceptionally high rainfall, and rich environment where the freshwater meets the sea makes the beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero areas of exceptional biodiversity and opportunity for nature lovers.

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Nearby Activities & Attractions

Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Casa Marbella
Cabinas Miss Junie
Tortuga Lodge


The nearest town is Tortuguero, 12.1 km away and Tortuguero Airfield airport is 14.8 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of Tortuguero National Park are latitude 10.473, longitude -83.4193. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)