Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 10

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Cahuita 6

Limon 5

Tortuguero 3

Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge 3

Braulio Carrillo National Park 3

Crossing into Panama via Sixaola 2

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Cahuita National Park 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 11

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Playa Blanca

  • Beach–Sight

Costa Rica's Caribbean coast has no true white-sand beaches, but Cahuita's in-town beach is as close as it gets ( blanca means "white"...

Playa Chiquita

  • Beach–Sight

Nothing against Puerto Viejo, but the farther you get from town, the quieter things get—to put it bluntly, the "riff-raff" factor lessens...

Playa Cocles

  • Beach–Sight

The sand gets a bit lighter and the crowd slightly more upscale—it is still Puerto Viejo, though—a couple of kilometers outside of...

Playa Grande

  • Beach–Sight

Beyond the Atlántida Lodge, Playa Negra’s black sand lightens to a dark brown. Whether this constitutes a separate beach or not is...

Playa Manzanillo

  • Beach–Sight

Ensconced within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, this beach comes close to being picture-perfect with the lush green forest—and...

Playa Negra

  • Beach–Sight

Cahuita's Playa Negra—it's not the same as the beach of the same name in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca—fronts a narrow road heading north...

Playa Negra

  • Beach–Sight

Not to be confused with Cahuita's beach of the same name, Puerto Viejo's black-sand Playa Negra lies close to town but is relatively...

Playa Puerto Viejo

  • Beach–Sight

You can do much better than Puerto Viejo's unnamed, in-town, cluttered, dark-sand beach. Locals, friendly and occasionally a bit sketchy,...

Playa Tortuguero

  • Beach–Sight

The crashing waves and misty air (it rains a lot in Tortuguero) give you the unsettling feeling that you're standing at the edge of the...

Punta Uva

  • Beach–Sight

The area's most beautiful beach—with dark sand like all the area strands—lies a long way from Puerto Viejo and offers splendid isolation...

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