Tortuguero, located in the north east side of Costa Rica, in the Caribbean, and is one of the most amazing sites of the country. Its name translates Land of Turtles, and it is part of the Limon province. It is the closest town to the so called Amazon of Costa Rica, the neighboring Tortuguero National Park. This area is very important because of its nesting sites for the world's most endangered species of sea turtle. It is also very rich in biodiversity, with its beautiful lushy forest and great number of different species. Tortuguero is one of the most popular ecotouristic sites in Costa Rica. With its canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons, it is really an amazing site to visit. In Tortuguero there is a wide variety of hotels and lodges for all budgets, as well as local tours and interesting nature sites.
Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica's most popular National Parks. It is a wilderness area with great biological variety. The wildlife is rich and diverse, with eleven different defined habitats. The habitats for which Tortuguero National Park is most famous are the coastal and marine areas. Strong Caribbean currents have provided a long, straight 22 mile expanse of beach which is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles.  Hawksbill, loggerheads, and Pacific Green turtles nest from July through October. The Leatherback, the largest sea turtle species in the world, nests from February to July.  To the north of Tortuguero National Park is the Barra Del Colorado Wildlife Refuge, whose habitats and climate are similar to Tortuguero.
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