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Tortuguero National Park

Region: Caribbean
Location: Limon province
Size: 77,032 acres
National Park since: November 13, 1975
Highlights: turtles, rainforest, wildlife
Facilities: Cuatro Esquinas Headquarters with camping, Jalova Station, Aguas Frias Station park stations

With 22 miles of beach, this is a popular nesting site for Pacific green turtles, Hawksbill turtles, Loggerhead turtles and the Leatherback turtles. You'll need a guide to get on the beach at night when the turtles are laying eggs. Guides can be found at the kiosk in Tortuguero village.

Boat trips and canoe trip are popular in the freshwater canals where you'll likely spot Spectacled caiman, Southern river otters among 50 species of freshwater fish. Along the banks see Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys and many bird species. You may get a rare appearance of a West Indian manatee.


Area de Conservacion Tortuguero (ACTO)
Apdo 135-7200
Siquirres, Costa Rica
Main: 506-710-2929

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above photo courtesy of
Deanna Keahey