Visiting Tortuguero Tips


If you are wondering how to get to Tortuguero you can visit the tab Location and you will find all the available options.

First you need to know that there is no car access to Tortuguero, switch every land transportation into aquatic, the public transportation like aquatic busses also you will find water taxis.

Tortuguero behaves like an island, it is a whole new experience for most of its visitors.


In Costa Rica we have only two seasons. In Tortuguero the green or rainy season is from November to January and then from April to August and the dry season or “not that rainy season” is from February to March and then from September to October.

The weather at Tortuguero is temperate, humid and rainy throughout the year because of its location in the North Caribbean.



We recommend you bring light luggage, only the necessary, fast dry clothes, hiking shoes but also sandals, shorts, t-shirts, sun block and mosquito repellent.

Other tools like flash lanterns, small multifunction knife, waterproof bags/phone cases, raincoats and small umbrellas are good choices.



The Colón (¢) is our local currency also we accept dollars, in several places you can pay using credit and debit card (brands like VISA, MasterCard and Amex are common in CR).

1 US dollar = 571 colones

Check change updated here:



General features about the TNP:

Activities in the park:

  • Boat tour

  • Walking tours

  • Turtle nesting tours



You will find many options to eat in Tortuguero, from fast food like burgers, nachos, french fries to typical dishes with white rice, beans, meat (red and white), sea food and the famous afrocaribbean gastronomy using coconut and hot pepper as main ingredients.



A place to visit, where the little town and the jungle are merged, a trail crosses the town from side to side, where you will find super markets, cafeterias, fast food places, souvenir places using materials from the place, nice people with a island kind of culture, bare foot people walking around, ice cones and coconut water every corner.



You will find Wi-Fi service at the hotels but not in public places, if you are thinking on buying a prepaid SIM card the only option is ICE Kolbi (that's the only company with network coverage in Tortuguero).

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