The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a land of exceptional natural beauty, with a vast biodiversity from coconut tree-lined white sandy beaches, to lush rainforest just inland, lagoons to the north and the Talamanca mountain range to the south.
It’s ideal for sheer relaxation, as well as surfing, diving, kayaking, hiking and other opportunities for the more adventurous traveller.
One of the primary draws here, and accessible only by boat, is the partly submerged Tortuguero National Park, with its network of canals, lagoons and swamps defined by a profusion of tangled tropical vegetation. It’s alive with several species of monkey, iguanas, sloths, river otters, poison dart frogs and hundreds of species of birds. With its excellent guides, we recommend staying at Tortuga Lodge to best explore this fabulous National Park.
Tortuguero can be visited year-round for wildlife however when you visit will probably be determined by whether, or not, you wish to see turtles and where else you will be visiting in Costa Rica. The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle’s nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April.
If you’re more interested in a laid-back beach holiday on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, we would recommend heading further south to Le Cameleon – a hip hideaway with minimalist contemporary accommodation, stylish beach club and easy access to snorkelling, diving and surfing. If surfing is one of your primary interests, be sure to consider the surfing options on the Pacific coast.
Flying time from London: 15 hours
Colón. US dollars are widely accepted.
GMT -5 hours
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Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a number of distinct microclimates. The Caribbean coast is humid all year round with the driest months being September and October; wildlife lovers, however, might prefer to visit this region from July to August to watch nesting turtles. The rest of the country experiences a dry season from December to April.
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