Tortuguero (North Caribbean)

This is like the little Amazon of Costa Rica and not like what you probably have in mind when you think of any Caribbean destination. Tortuguero is for nature appreciation (from open skiff boats in small canals and creeks). It is also real good for fishing. It is particularly so for Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Red Snapper, Macko among other species. Though the fishing is strictly catch and release, the water literally explodes with the bite of a tarpon. At Tachiz Travel, we have known the best fishing captains in this area such as our friend Captain Eddie Brown whom we visit regularly since the mid-eighties. Eddie not only holds a world record but is very fun and passionate about fishing. You can´t swim neither in the canals nor in the ocean for there are sweet and salt water sharks , alligators and crocodiles amongst many other abundant and wonderful species. Lodges have beautiful pools on the jungle nowadays.

You cannot drive to Tortuguero but you can boat in and out or else combine it with light flights. At Tachiz Travel Costa Rica, we will always arrange for the most convenient package of bilingual, reliable guided transportation to and from the right logistical connections, meals, lodging and several adventures as well as unique experiences. It is so beautiful, relaxing, interesting and fun. Tortuguero National Park is the most important nesting site in the western of the Caribbean for the green sea turtle. 

A natural and manmade system of canals and navigable lagoons of truly great scenic beauty cross the park from southeast to northwest forming the habitat for seven species of river turtles, manatee or sea cow, reptiles, mammals such as howler and spider monkeys and crustaceans plus some 30 freshwater species of fish. There are 300 different species of birds, eleven habitats have been identified in the park with the crab wood, banak, Santa Maria, bully tree and dove wood among the many types of trees. Important: from July to September, at Tachiz Travel Costa Rica, you can enjoy the opportunity to witness the arrivals of the green sea turtle.

Weather: The weather in this area is warm and humid and normally drier on February, March, September & October, but it can be enjoyed the whole year.

Approximate driving distances to Tortuguero: There is no road to Tortuguero. But at Tachiz Travel we would drive you to Cano Blanco or La Pavona dock depending on the water level of the canals and other circumstances, and then you would take an approx. one hour scenic boat ride to Tortuguero. Driving to Cano Blanco or La Pavona from San Jose 3 and a half hours, from Arenal 5 hours, from Guanacaste 8 and a half hours, from Jaco 6 hours, from Manuel Antonio 7 hours, from Monteverde 8 hours.