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Tortuguero - Costa Rica


Driving to Tortuguero | A Guide from Key Destinations to La Pavona

Are you planning a trip to Tortuguero and wondering how to get there conveniently by car rental? Look no further! La Pavona serves as the gateway to this stunning destination, and driving there from various starting points across Costa Rica can be a delightful adventure. Let's explore the routes from some of the main destinations, including San José, Alajuela, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo, and Cahuita.

San José

Starting from the capital city, San José, head east on Route 32 towards Guápiles. This scenic route will take you through lush greenery and charming towns. Once you reach Guápiles, continue on Route 32 towards Limón. About 1 kilometer past Guápiles, you'll see signs directing you to the turnoff for Route 247 to Cariari. Follow this road until you reach La Pavona, where you can park your car and catch a boat to Tortuguero.


If you're starting from Alajuela, which is close to the Juan Santamaría International Airport, your journey will be quite similar to the one from San José. Take Route 1 towards San José and then merge onto Route 32 towards Limón. Follow the same directions mentioned above to reach La Pavona.

La Fortuna

From the picturesque town of La Fortuna, situated near the Arenal Volcano, your route will take you on an adventure through stunning landscapes. Head northeast on Route 702 towards Muelle. From Muelle, continue on Route 4 towards Sarapiquí. Once you reach Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, take Route 32 towards Guápiles and then follow the directions outlined above to La Pavona.

Puerto Viejo & Cahuita

For those starting from the laid-back Caribbean towns of Puerto Viejo or Cahuita, your journey will be filled with coastal views and vibrant culture. Begin by taking Route 36 towards Limón. From Limón, head west on Route 32 towards San José. After approximately 80 kilometers, you'll find the turnoff for Route 247 to Cariari. Follow this road until you reach La Pavona, where your Tortuguero adventure awaits.

Final Thoughts

Driving to Tortuguero from various destinations allows you to soak in the beauty of Costa Rica's diverse landscapes and vibrant communities. Remember to book your boat transfer from La Pavona to Tortuguero in advance, as this is the only way to access the lodge by water. With your car rental and a sense of adventure, you're all set to explore the wonders of Tortuguero National Park and its surrounding areas.

Safe travels, and enjoy your unforgettable journey to Tortuguero!

For more information and travel tips, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to make your Costa Rican adventure extraordinary.

Send us a WhatsApp to +506 8951 8951 and we will send you the link so you can use it with the Google Maps or Waze applications so you can get to the La Pavona dock



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