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Visiting Tortuguero Tips

First you need to know that there is no car access to Tortuguero and all transportations within the area are aquatic.

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

THE WEATHER

In Costa Rica we only have two seasons, Dry and Rainy.

In Tortuguero the green or rainy season is from November to January and from April to August and the dry season or “not that rainy season” is February and March and then September and October.

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

 

LUGGAGE

We recommend you to bring in your luggage only the necessary, for example:

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.

 

CURRENCY IN COSTA RICA, COLONES - DOLLARS

The Colón (¢) is our local currency but we also 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 = 620 colones

Check change updated here: https://goo.gl/kJ5V4B

 

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Entrances to Tortuguero National Park and Cerro Tortuguero (Tortuguero Hill) has to be buyed in advance at the following link : https://n9.cl/wwk6

You need to create an account and then buy the entrance with a valid credit/debit card.

Activities in Tortuguero National Park:

  • Boat tour

  • Walking tours

  • Turtle nesting tours

  • Visit to Tortuguero Hill

 

THE FOOD

You will find many options to eat in the village, 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.

 

TORTUGUERO VILLAGE

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.

 

COMMUNICATION

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 or Claro (those are the only companies with network coverage in Tortuguero area).