Wholly surrounded by protected forest and sea, accessible only by air or water, this magical spot is best known for the hordes of hatchling turtles that lurch across its dark sands. Indeed, the name Tortuguero means ‘turtle place', aptly named due to the ‘turtle season’ which peaks from mid June to late October.
Tortuguero offers incredible biological variety, due to the existence of eleven different habitats within the reserve, including rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoon. Wildlife tours by boat along the Tortuguero canals come highly recommended and the region offers some fantastic sport fishing opportunities.
Visiting Tortuguero both during, and outside of turtle season is recommended, as the place is teeming with wildlife thorughout the whole year!
The extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons behind the beaches of Tortuguero are home to seven species of river turtles, Spectacled Caiman, Southern River Otters, a number of crustaceans, and over 50 species of freshwater fish.
If you take a trip on a tour boat, or paddle a canoe through the freshwater canals you are also likely to see Spider, Howler and Capuchin Monkeys and dozens of species of birds. If you are lucky it is also possible to spot an endangered West Indian Manatee.