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Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Vacation

The tourist brochures tout the country's Caribbean coast as "the other Costa Rica." Everything about this part of Costa Rica seems different: different culture, different history, different climate, and different activities. Expect different prices, too. Your travel dollar goes further here than elsewhere in the country. This region was long ago discovered by European adventure seekers—you're

quite likely to hear Dutch, German, and Italian spoken by the visitors here—but is much less known in North American circles.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Dolphin-watching Bottlenose, tucuxi, and Atlantic spotted dolphins ply the southern Caribbean coast.
  2. Food and flavors Leave gallo pinto (rice and beans) behind in favor of mouthwatering rondón (meat or fish stew) or caribeño (Caribbean) rice and beans, stewed in coconut milk.
  3. Music Mix reggae and calypso with your salsa. Rhythms waft in from the far-off Caribbean islands; and homegrown musicians are making names for themselves, too.
  4. Sportfishing World-class tarpon and snook attract serious anglers to the shores off Tortuguero National Park.
  5. Turtles People from around the world flock to the northern Caribbean for the annual nesting of four species.

When To Go

When to Go

High Season: February to April

Climate is the Caribbean's bugaboo and will forever prevent it from becoming the same high-powered tour...

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