NileGuide Expert tip:
Solo travelers should book a tour with a group to save money and hassle.
The best way to experience Tortuguero National Park is by boat. A network of marshy islands and beaches where sea turtles nest, Tortuguero is exceptionally biodiverse and an ideal spot for nature lovers. Turtles- Green Sea, leatherback, and Hawksbill- nest on the beaches here, almost always at night, and typically under a waning moon. A guide is needed to visit the beaches after 6pm, and can be easily arranged as part of a package trip to the park or at most hotels. On any tour of the canals, one is likely to see monkeys, sloths, and dozens of species of birds. The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle's nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April. It is possible to see individual turtles at any time of the year. The push-off point for Tortuguero National Park is Tortuguero village where you will find lodging, restaurants, and tour operators. There are no roads to Tortuguero. Access is by boat from Moín, near Limon, or by small plane. This is one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica. The three wettest months are December, June, and July, and the three driest are February, March and September. Yearly average temperature of 79 °F (26 °C) Entrance fees: US$7 at the gate or in advance. A discount 4 day pass is available (entrance is usually included in tour packages, but be sure to check). Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and at night with authorized guides and groups.