A place that represents Costa Rica’s spirit.
From the moment you cross the tunnel in the 32 route, is like you enter a different dimension. Its hole existence is covered in green. Whatever the passage lets you see is mountains of green. Everywhere you look is covered in leaves, little water falls, bridges formed by the treetops. When the highway opens through the jungle, look carefully you might even spot a Morpho butterfly or a toucan.
Tortuguero National Park is located in the Northeast part of the territory. It is one of Costa Rica’s nature’s signatures because is worldwide recognized for protecting the most important green turtles nesting beach in the Western Hemisphere.
This sanctuary allows visitors to get away from the city to truly get in touch with the most pure nature.
Consisting in an extensive network of rivers and canals, the access is possible only through small boats: which makes Tortuguero National Park a place unlike any other.
The forest at Tortuguero is humid tropical forest, the average precipitation reaches 6000 mm. The highest rainfall months are July to December with the driest being March, April and October. Rain, humidity and heat, (temperature goes from 25 to 30 ° C) are companions of the journey.
This amazing spots protects beache for 4 sea turtles : Green (Chelonia mydas), Baula (leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea), Carey (Hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata), Cabezona (loggerhead, Caretta caretta).
Also, Tortuguero protects the habitat of the manatee (Manati, Trichechus manatus), which is one of the most rare and endangered mammals in Costa Rica, as well as the habitat of the largest felines in America. The caiman definitively rules the canals, some times they can be spotted sunbathing. Tortuguero has a sea turtle watching program, which allows to manage properly the high sea visitation during the turtles nesting season which runs from June to October.
Cahuita National Park is Known for the best-preserved coral reef in the Costa Rican Caribbean area. In simple words, white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, diverse marine life a Caribbean Paradise!
This is a great destination for snorkeling, where you can see a huge variety of fishes and developed coral structures, where stands out the cerebriforme coral, the elkhorn coral, the sea fan, the French angelfish, the queen angelfish, isabelita fish, cucumber sea, lobsters and turtles. When you take the trails along the coast watch out for the howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, toucans, coatis, trogons, night herons, tinsel snakes, black hawks and basilisks.
Puerto Viejo is authentic, unique, simply gorgeous. This is an area so rich in nature, culture, gastronomy and more, a dream-like destination. Sunshine, the traditional “rice & beans”, calypso music and a beautiful beach that looks like taken out from a postcard is what awaits there.
It might be that the vibe gets contagious but something about the Caribbean makes you experience the real Pura Vida!
Locals are very friendly and proud of their delicious cuisine, typical rice & beans, patty, rondon, and their spiced jerk chicken are some of the wonderful dishes visitors can experience while listening to some live calypso music and enjoying the ocean breeze.
Puerto Viejo is also known for its surf, though, please notice is not for beginners. The waves are fast, there are coral reefs and depending on the spot, a considering swimming distance is required to get to the surf break.
Gandoca-Manzanillo is located in the southeast of the Caribbean coast, between the Cocles and the Sixaola river outlets. Both land and marine are so diverse that allows for a great variety of large tree species, monkeys, amphibians, and reptiles. Everywhere you look is green and alive! The mangroves at Gandoca are extremely important for aquatic bird species, for the reproduction and survival of the manatee and the tarpon.
The beach is surrounded by deep green vegetation, you can always trust that a beach almond tree would offer a little bit of shade for you to sit back and relax in the best pura vida style.
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