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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Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Hotels

The high-rise, glitzy resorts of the Pacific coast are nowhere to be found in the Caribbean. The norm here is small,... read more

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Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Restaurants

The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Dolphin-watching: Bottlenose, tucuxi, and Atlantic spotted dolphins ply the southern Caribbean coast. Food and flavors:... Read more

  • Tortuguero National Park

    At various times of the year, four species of sea turtles—green, hawksbill, loggerhead, and giant leatherback—lumber up the 35 km (22... Read more

  • Cahuita National Park

    In a land known for its dark-sand beaches, the coral-based white sand of Cahuita National Park (Parque Nacional Cahuita) is a real... Read more

  • Eco-Lodges in the Caribbean

    Year-round rainfall begets year-round greenery on the Caribbean coast. You can count on lushness here when the rest of Costa Rica's... Read more

  • Rainforest Aerial Tram

    Just beyond the northeastern boundary of Braulio Carrillo National Park, about 15 km (9 miles) before the Caribbean-slope town of... Read more

  • Nicaraguan Immigration to Costa Rica

    Immigration issues generate intense debate in the United States and Western Europe. Who would guess that it has become a contentious... Read more

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