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Tortuguero is the name for the tiny village of about 1300 people and the adjacent national park. A remote destination only accessible by plane or boat, Tortuguero can best be described as a network of jungle canals along Costa Rica’s Northern Caribbean coast. Teeming with wildlife, the protected national park is a labyrinth of waterways visited by boat. The area is also an important breeding ground for Green Sea Turtles as well as other species. Between July and October you can watch the turtles coming ashore to make their nests. One of Costa Rica’s best spots for wildlife.

Watch the monkeys in the trees as you glide along the quiet Tortuguero canals - you might even spot a sloth!

Best months to visit Tortuguero

The best months to visit are usually during the dry season from November to April. If you want to see the green sea turtles coming ashore to nest you need to go between July and October.

Our hand-picked hotels in Tortuguero

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Tortuguero.

Best reasons to visit Tortuguero

With the wild Caribbean coast on one side and a network of jungle canals on the other, Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica’s most iconic and unique destinations. Here are our highlights.

Watch local life in Tortuguero village

Witness the magic of nesting Green Sea Turtles in season

Float on the silent jungle canals searching for wildlife

Kayaking on Tortuguero river

Wake up early for abundant birdlife

Weather Averages for Tortuguero

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