Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast

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  • 1. Jaguar Rescue Center

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Many regard a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center as the highlight of their trip to Puerto Viejo. The name is a bit misleading. The original rescued...Read More

  • 2. La Selva Biological Station

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the confluence of the Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí rivers, La Selva packs about 420 bird species, 460 tree species, and 500 butterfly species...Read More

  • 3. Rain Forest Adventures

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

  • Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

    4. Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A full-fledged nature center a few miles northwest of Cahuita is well worth a stop. Many of the sloths that live on the premises are here because...Read More

    Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
  • Tortuguero National Park

    5. Tortuguero National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    There is no better place in Costa Rica to observe sea turtles nesting, hatching, and scurrying to the ocean. The July–October nesting season...Read More

    Tortuguero National Park
  • 6. Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Limón's hottest attraction is a 4,000-acre nature theme park, about 30 minutes west of the city. It's popular with cruise-ship passengers in...Read More

  • 7. Green Iguana Foundation

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    You’ll no doubt see Costa Rica’s ubiquitous iguanas scurrying across roads on your travels around the country. A project of the nearby Tree...Read More

  • 8. Snake Garden


    One of a growing number of Costa Rica's serpentaria, the Snake Garden shows off some 50 species of reptiles, including all the poisonous snakes...Read More

  • 9. Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Capuchin and howler monkeys, peccaries, sloths, iguanas, raccoons—they're all here at this wildlife sanctuary just off the Playa Negra road...Read More

  • 10. Butterfly Garden


    Unlike most such establishments in Costa Rica, which are for show only, the working Butterfly Garden cultivates 60 to 80 species of butterflies...Read More

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