Florida's Sea Turtle Conservancy runs a visitor center and a museum with excellent animal photos, a video narrating local and natural history, and detailed discussions of the latest ecological goings-on and what you can do to help. There's a souvenir shop next door. For the committed ecotourist, the John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, which is affiliated with the conservancy and has been operating in Tortuguero since 1959, has camping areas and dorm-style quarters with a communal kitchen. If you want to get involved in the life of the turtles, helping researchers to track turtle migration (current research, using satellite technology, has tracked turtles as far as the Florida Keys) or helping to catalog the population of neotropical migrant birds, arrange a stay in advance through the center's offices in Florida.
From beach at north end of village, walk north along path and watch for sign, Tortuguero, 70205, Costa Rica
/2709–8091; 352-373–6441-in North America