Tortuguero National Park*

This is one of the few Costa Rican National Parks where walking isn’t the best way to see things. The marked trail along the beach is used mostly for observing turtle nesting, but the best way to see most of the park is from a boat. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout while nature watching; there are plenty of places to rent canoes and kayaks.

This area is protected by Tortuguero National Park and was once an archipelago of volcanic islands that formed a network of marshy islands, including the beaches of Toruguero. The rainfall and natural environment, where the freshwater meets the sea, is full of biodiversity, beaches, canals, lagoons, and wetlands.

We recommend bringing a camera, binoculars, long pants, sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking shoes.