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One of Costa Rica’s most culturally diverse regions, the Caribbean coast has influences that range from Hispanic and Miskito Indian to Afro-Caribbean.

Tortuguero National Park

There are some beautiful beaches and coral reefs to be found around Cahuita but the main attraction is the Tortuguero National Park. Accessed solely by plane or boat, two or three days roaming this dense network of canals, swamps and waterways by boat and on foot with your guide will provide an opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife.


Sloths, iguanas, brightly-colored butterflies, poison dart frogs, monkeys, crocodiles and even jaguars are just some of the animals that make up a biodiversity hot-spot that spans 19,000 hectares.


The birdlife here is prolific too with the waterways home to numerous species of waterbirds such as spoonbills, cormorants and herons, with the call of toucans perched in the forest canopy above.

Green turtles

From July to October endangered green turtles climb from the ocean and lay eggs on 35 kilometers of protected shoreline, alongside other nests dug by giant leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles.

Though this area is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica it remains an intriguing part of the country to visit, especially if you are a wildlife enthusiast.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

      Evergreen Lodge


      A simple but comfortable lodge with excellent guides, providing one of the best bases for a visit to the Tortuguero National Park.

    • Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

      Pachira Lodge


      Pachira Lodge is located only five minutes from Tortuguero National Park across the river from the small town of Tortuguero itself. It is surrounded by a network of scenic canals in what is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world.

    • Manatus Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

      Manatus Lodge


      Manatus Lodge is the most comfortable lodge in Tortuguero and located directly on the river.

    • Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero National Park

      Mawamba Lodge


      Mawamba Lodge is situated on a thin strip of land between Tortuguero's canals and the Caribbean Sea.