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Tortuguero National Park

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Open Now: 08:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00
Open today: 08:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00
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“costa rica”(157 reviews)
“howler monkeys”(74 reviews)
This park contains 11 different ecological habitats and is a sanctuary for nesting sea turtles. Situated on the Northern Caribbean side of Costa Rica, in the province of Limon, it is approximately 90 miles northeast of the capital city of San José...more
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San Jose, Costa Rica | Ivan Espinosa, Tortuguero 10103, Costa Rica
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 June 2006

Tortuguero National Park is located on a spit of land between the Tortuguero River and the Caribbean Sea. If you stay at Mawamba Lodge inside the park, you will be able to get to the water in either direction in two or three minutes! It's...More

47  Thank Katie F
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Let me first start by saying that the beach was beautiful, however when I visited I was set up with a local guide through a tour company I was travelling with for an evening hatching tour. This local guide was working with another young partner,...More

16  Thank K2013B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The national park is a nice walk, but not overly impressive. However, for about $30 per person, you can take an early morning canoe tour through the national park. This is really interesting and you are guaranteed to see a lot of wildlife.

1  Thank costaricavibe
Reviewed 5 days ago

Breathtaking beauty! Navigating about on the canals, you get to see amazing nature! Lots of wildlife, we even saw baby Caimans! The river itsef is amazing, the brown waters, the vegetation, a once in a lifetime experience!

Thank EasyBob
Reviewed 5 days ago

It’s not all about the turtles....there is plenty of wildlife here! We saw monkeys, both howler and spider, birds, caymans, sloth.....after your boat ride, take a walk though the park..make sure you rent the mud boots..... don’t ruin your shoes! Best place and least expensive...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unique water world teeming with animals. Great start to our Costa Rica holiday. Turtles didn't come out for us but still had a great dusk walk down the pretty wild beach.

Thank Andrewintheuk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stood 3 feet away from an enormous green sea turtle as she laid her eggs. As she worked to cover her nest -- a long process, we were led to another who had completed her nest and followed her all the way to the...More

Thank roclsnyder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing way to get to know the Forest, wildlife and especially the turtles. The beach is fine but swimming is not recommended due to rip currents however waist deep is fine. The town is laid back and very tourist friendly.

Thank 292thomasv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were able to see a silky anteater which are very difficult to see. Neat place and worth the visit!

Thank my_traveling_soles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the beach (at night) with park guide to see the turtles come ashore and actually witnessed them laying eggs in the holes they prepared. We stayed at Pachira Lodge who offered the visit as a night time extension.

Thank vialli54
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a magical place ,almost forgotten by time, the best tip would be find a good local guide or use the hotel to find one.The guides know all the signs to look for and are so knowledgeable about the area.only way to reach the...More

1  Thank Sammy509
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hemmed & hawed about whether to skip the guide and just wander trails ourselves to save money, but eventually decided to spring for the guided walk. We went with Victor, from Casa Marbella, and we are very grateful that we did. Alone, we probably...More

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Henri S
13 January 2018|
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Response from PV L | Reviewed this property |
You cannot walk from Parismina to Tortuguero, but you can get there by boat. There are boat taxis available and would not be too expensive.
23 December 2017|
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Response from Jessica v | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We went to Costa Rica this summer and visited Tortuguero starting from San Jose. Because of the very high package deals, we decided to go by our own (with 2 kids, age 8 and 9). No problem at all and very easy! First you... More
Melinda V
2 December 2017|
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Response from Lee T | Reviewed this property |
Both great places, you can see Manuel Antonio in half a day but they haven't both sloth and all 3 monkey species but is very busy and touristy, you don't need a guide as there are so many with other groups you can just... More