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La Pavona dock

How to get to Tortuguero

There are several ways to get to Tortuguero. From an economical and longest way on public transportation to the fastest way on a comercial flight.

Our recommendation is that you stay at least 2 nights, because sometimes the journey is long and tiring, depending from where you intend to come from and the option that you choose to use. This way you will have more time for activities not to be missed while visiting Tortuguero National Park.

If you are driving a rental car, then you need to head to La Pavona dock, park the car in the parking lot available there and hop on one of the public boats towards Tortuguero. In La Pavona the parking spot is USD$10.00 per night and have to be payed in cash upfront.

Once there, you need to catch one of the public boats heading to Tortuguero with the following schedule:

FROM LA PAVONA TO TORTUGUERO

6:00am | 9:00am | 12:00md | 2:00pm | 4:00pm

FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA

5:00am | 7:00am | 10:00am | 2:00pm

USD$5.00 per person each way

 

* Schedules of aquatic transportation could vary due to government movement restrictions in pandemic

Remember to ask the boat driver to drop you off at La Baula Lodge back dock. Once there, you should walk 150 meters to the other side of the property. The front desk is in the Restaurant area (the building with solar panels on the roof), right in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon

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Public Transportation

If you are attempting to use the public transportation to get to Tortuguero, then you will need to head to Cariari Pococi. Once there, you will have to take the bus to La Pavona at Coopetraca Bus Stop.

Public Bus Schedule from Cariari to La Pavona

6:00am | 11:00am | 3:00pm

The bus meets the boat at La Pavona dock

Recommendation:

Do not lose sight of your luggage at bus stations in Costa Rica and during the bus trip, or you may be victim of theft.

Remember to ask the boat driver to drop you off at La Baula Lodge back dock. Once there, you should walk 150 meters to the other side of the property. The front desk is in the Restaurant area (the building with solar panels on the roof), right in front of the Tortuguero Lagoon

We hope this information has been helpful for you.

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