Visit the Tortuguero National Park
White and fine sand that feels like talc; smooth waves like bubbles in a jacuzzi; clear waters that let you see through as if looking through a crystal… These are some of the characteristics that have made the Caribbean beaches so famous, and we’re sure that in your traveler’s bucket list you have planned to visit countries like Mexico, Cuba or Jamaica in order to see them.
DINKtravelers takes you to a special corner hidden among the marvels of the Caribbean. This place will go beyond your expectations and will fill your travel journal with experiences of boat tours along aquatic labyrinths, photos of brightly-colored frogs, promenades with red sunsets on the background and the memory of witnessing a turtle’s egg-laying, a natural and moving spectacle.
All this will take place at the Tortuguero National Park, south of Parismina, Costa Rica. This setting covers 31,187 acres of land and 52,000 marine acres. Its scenic beauty is made up by rivers, canals, beaches and lakes; and turtles, tapirs, frogs and jaguars are some of the protagonists of this place’s wildlife.
How to get to Tortuguero
The park is located about 144km from San José, capital of Costa Rica, and given that there are no paved roads to get there, we recommend paying for transportation by boat. You’ll take between 40-90 minutes to get there, depending on where you depart from, but we guarantee that the trip will seem very short because you’ll be thrilled with the natural beauty around you and the sounds of the animals that inhabit the area.
Activities in Tortuguero National Park
The greatest attraction in the park is the turtles’ egg-laying zone on the beach and the long night walks that tourists make in order to watch this heart-moving event. The most popular species on site is the green turtle, however, you’ll also get to see other varieties like the Big-headed turtle, the Baula and the Carey. The event is truly magical, but you’ll have to be patient because it will be a long wait before the turtle comes out of the water and heads to the beach to dig a hole. Once there, you’ll observe as it falls into trance and lays its eggs. Finally, it will cover the nest and return to the deep sea.
Turtle Nesting in Tortuguero
Wear hiking boots. The terrain is very muddy due to heavy rains.
If you forget your boots, you can rent a pair at the ticket office.
Photography and video are not allowed. Even the minimum noise could scare the turtle away.
Even though it rains all year long, there are less precipitations in February, March and October.
Apart from visiting the turtles, take a kayak tour along the canals and visit the town, just opposite the river.