Northern Caribbean

Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge together form a regional conservation unit. This whole area is linked by canals and cannot be reached by car. There are excellent multi-day tours to this area. We do not recommend a one day tour as the travel time required either leaves little time to explore the area or makes for a very long day.
Climate: Tortuguero is warm and humid. Daily temperatures average 26 degrees C (79 F) and annual average rainfall is over 5,000 mm (200+ inches). Warm days are tempered by trade winds and cool nights.

Tortuguero

Tortuguero National Park protects a unique series of natural inland waterways that are home to many species. More than 300 species of birds live in Tortuguero for all or part of the year. Birdwatchers commonly see keel-billed toucans, slaty tailed trogons, Montezuma oropendulas and a variety of parrots. Birds common along the canals include green and great blue herons, egrets, belted kingfishers, anhingas, jacanas, sun grebes and several species of hawks and kites. Other animals commonly seen are fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, basilisk lizards, poison dart frogs, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. Caiman are commonly observed in the waterways, which also are home to manatees and crocodiles. Jaguars and ocelots inhabit the park, but are rarely seen.

Tortuguero is the largest nesting area in the Caribbean for the green sea turtle. They return to Tortuguero every two to four years to mate offshore and dig their nests. Green turtle nesting season is from July to mid-October. The leatherbacks come in fewer numbers and are less regular about their arrivals, but they usually nest in March, April, and May. You may see nesting turtles at any time of the year.

Restaurant Swimming Pool Sport Fishing

Standard Double Room is $= Under $75 - $$= $75 to $150 - $$$= Over $150

Hotels
Laguna Lodge - The most peaceful place in the rainforest. (Package Prices)
Mawamba Lodge - Between the Tortuguero Canals, and the Caribbean Ocean. (Package Prices)
Manatus Hotel - Offers you a unique combination of comfort and luxury in the area. (Package Prices)
Tortuga Lodge - One of the most relaxing hotels at Tortuguero. (Package Prices)
Pachira Lodge - The newest Lodge in Tortuguero. (Package Prices)
Samoa Lodge - Enjoy excursions on the river into the Tortuguero Canals. (Package Prices)

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