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Tortuguero National Park

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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for nesting sea turtles. Situated on the Northern Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in the province of Limon, it is approximately 90 miles northeast of the capital city of San José. Accessible only by air or water, Tortuguero is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle. It is known as “Tico Amazon” (Costa Rican Amazon) due to the fact that in Tortuguero there are no roads; the principle means of transportation being the dozens of fresh water canals throughout the park.
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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

Before you set foot on a boat here, check if the national park has cut down the 50 or so dangerous trees lining the canal. A case of profit over safety.

Thank LozHammersbaws
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Did the early morning canoe tour with David at roots tours. Was great. Saw plenty of birds, and explored the canals. We then used our NP ticket, which you have to pay for when you go on the canoe, to explore the park in the...More

Thank buxtonred
Reviewed 4 days ago

A haven for birds, saw over 30 species including Ospreys and parrots. Turtles hatching on the beach if you are there at the correct season

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautifull place. Beautifull nature. Birds. Trees. Spend beautifull time on the boat. Nice river. Saw a lot of birds. Monkeys. Must visit.

Thank Aliona M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spend 4 days in a Lodge in Tortuguero and went twice into the National Park itself. Even when we had a lot of rain during the 4 days (end of Nov.) we were lucky to see some wildlife. As the water level of the...More

Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park is done by boat. There are a large number of birds and monkeys throughout the park. If you are lucky you will be able to see a Sloth. Not lucky this trip but saw 2 last trip 5 years ago.

Thank wolf3728
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing National Park with lots of wildlife. All 3 Monkey species, Caiman, Iguana, Birds etc. Tours are great. If you aren't paying for tours then there really isn't much to do, you can walk through the park but it's very limited The area is an...More

Thank Lee T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the beach we investigated many turtle nests and came across a cluster of newly emerged hatchlings. Unfortunately none seemed to be partitioned off to guard against predation from raccoons and dogs. There is no public access to the beach between 18:00h and 06:00h. Canal...More

Thank Bee569
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to see wild life both on the canals and around your hotel. We saw giant iguana, sloths, bascilus lizards and all kinds of birds.

Thank cajansen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, green, and lush, but sadly lacking in animals and birds compared to all the advertisements. Hope more wildlife species will find homes there.

Thank Lynda N
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Melinda V
2 December 2017|
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Response from Lee T | Reviewed this property |
Both great places, you can see Manuel Antonio in half a day but they haven't both sloth and all 3 monkey species but is very busy and touristy, you don't need a guide as there are so many with other groups you can just... More
12 November 2017|
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Response from Jeroen W | Reviewed this property |
If there is a possibility I recommend to split it. It also depends if you are there for 4 nights or 4 days. You can travel from Tortugero to Arenal but it will take you, I guess, a 4 hour trip(1 hour by boat 3 hours by car... More
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Response from Elizabeth A | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question because I visited in September, and, we did see the turtles! But, I would visit anyway because of all the other things that part of Costa Rica has to offer--abundant... More