Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

Nature's Soul

It is one of the national parks with the greatest diversity of environments and species of flora and fauna in the country. It also has the most important beach in the world for the nesting of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), this is one of the main reasons for the creation of the park, and on its dark sandy beaches and waves rocked by the strong breeze, the gigantic leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and the attractive hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

This wilderness area was created in 1975 and is located in the northern Caribbean of the country, 50 kilometers north of the province of Limón. The park covers an area of 26,604.42 ha. terrestrial and 45,755.55 marine hectares and presents a great diversity of environments.


Tortuguero is the third most visited national park in the country

A natural system of channels and navigable lagoons of great beauty cross the park and are the habitat of species such as the manatee, the crocodile, the alligator, river turtles and a great variety of birds such as the anhinga, tiger heron, blue heron, roseate spoonbill, jacana, little soldier, macaw, water hen, all species of kingfishers in the country and the curassow.

The terrestrial fauna is very rich in diversity; Wonderful species have been identified such as the tapir, the jaguar, the 3 species of monkeys in Costa Rica (congo, spider and white-faced), sloths (2 and 3 fingers), bats, coatis, raccoons, a variety of amphibians (frogs, lizards) , variety of insects (spiders, butterflies), snakes and iguanas.

The general richness of the park species is reflected in more than 400 species of trees and approximately 2200 species of plants, 375 bird species, 125 mammal species, 124 species of reptiles/amphibian and 55 freshwater fish species.

Tortuguero National Park

How to get?

It is located in the northern Caribbean part of the country, Limón province. 50 Km of Moín dock or 30 Km of Guápiles town.

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There are different land/water routes from destinations such as San José (the most popular option due to its ease), Arenal and South Caribbean area (Cahuita and Puerto Viejo). The most used boarding docks are: Pavona, Caño Blanco and Moín. Tortuguero can also be reached by air from San José.

What to bring?

Comfortable clothes, hike shoes, hat, insect repellent, binoculars, sandals, swimsuit and camera.

To facilitate the visit to the area, complete tours of 2 and 3 days are offered that include land transfers (preferably from San José), water transfers (preferably from Pavona), lodging, food, tours and taxes; the visitor only has to worry about relaxing and enjoying !!

Tortuguero National Park

What to do?

The first thing you should know is that Tortuguero is a completely natural and pollution-free destination thanks to the non-existence of land vehicles and the implementation of electric motors in the boats used for tours and transfers.

This policy makes it an ideal destination for the observation of flora and fauna through boat rides through the canals, kayak and canoe tours; In addition, visitors will have the possibility of taking guided walks along the paths of the Lodge or the national park.

Other activities available are the visit to Cerro Tortuguero, Sport Fishing, Canopy, the tour to the Town and the Turtle Museum.

However, the biggest attraction occurs every year between July - October and is the observation of the Green Turtle spawning on the beach, this tour is only at night and being a fragile ecosystem, it is only allowed to visit with a specialized guide so as not to disturb nesting turtles and subsequently hatching populations. 

What can I see?

Mammals: Congo Monkey, White-faced Monkey, Spider Monkey, Jaguar, Tapir, Pizote, Raccoon, Sloth, squirrels and bats.

Reptiles: Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Alligator, Crocodile, Green Iguana, Garrobo, Basiliscus, Jesus Christ Lizard, Snakes and Snakes.

Amphibians: Red-Eyed Frog, Glass Frog, Bluejeans Frog, Green-Black Frog, Giant Toad.

Insects: Morpho Butterflies among others, spiders, ants, etc.

Birds: Needle Duck, Roseate Spoonbill, Blue Egret, Spoonbill, Tiger Heron, Jacana, Green Macaw, Iris-billed Toucan, Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Oropendula, Bellbird, etc. 

Caribean sea

The Caribbean Sea is part of the area's attractions, a 5-km-long beach, dark sands and strong waves.


There are different hotels around the canals, these hotels are ideal for their quality and safety, most have ideal facilities for a family visit full of peace and harmony with nature; cabins can also be found in the community.

Tours and Excursions

The ideal is to visit the area with an already established tour, options of 1, 2 and 3 days are offered which include land and water transportation, guide, food, lodging, tours and taxes.

Multi Destinations

Is it advisable to go to Tortuguero as the #1 destination due to the facilities offered for access from San José, after Tortuguero? It is advisable to visit Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Arenal or return to San José. From Guápiles there are tourist transfers to other destinations or the client can rent a car.

Sea Turtle Spawning

Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site for the green turtle; the nesting of turtle eggs is the quintessential nature show that happens every year between July and October. There are also sightings of the Leatherback Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.

Turtle hatching

Walk on the beach to witness the birth of sea turtles. Your guide will take you on an early or late walk along the beach to find this spectacular event between September and November of each year.

Costa Rica Exótica Natural

Who we are?

Costa Rica Exotica Natural (CREN) is an operator of tours to Tortuguero and other destinations such as Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde, Guanacaste, Manuel Antonio and Corcovado.

We are experts, we have been able to expand and perfect our tourist services. Our level of professionalism helps us provide excellence from the first contact, provide optimal follow-up and, of course, offer a unique and incomparable life experience.

Our tours to the area are unique, as are the prices that we apply for each of the Lodges, with whom we have worked for several years. Ask us, we can also create tailor-made Multi Destinations , combinations with other destinations in the country and much more.

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Tortuguero is the third most visited national park in the country