Tropical rains delivered by the steady Caribbean trade winds fuel the intense growth of dense forests that provide a home to region's diverse flora and fauna. While the rains bring life to the region, the Caribbean coast is frequented by enough sunshine to make this a unique destination to explore and experience.
Puerto Viejo is a Costa Rica’s hidden gem because of its stunning white-sand beaches, its cultural vibe, its tropical setting and its proximity to national parks. Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge offer visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse flora and fauna.
To the north is Tortuguero, which is accessible only by boat. The Tortuguero National Park is one of the most varied parks boasting high rainforests to marshy lands, long stretches of beach, wide open canals perfect for crocodile spotting, and is also one of the most important breeding grounds for the Green Sea Turtle. The wildlife here is rich and diverse with unusually large populations of monkeys, birds and fish.
Tortuguero is small village nestled among the massive mangrove system that offers habitat for a variety of species. Along with the variety of wildlife, Tortuguero offers a variety of activities and it is one of the best places to experience nesting sea turtle all year round. Rent a Kayak and explore the canals where you will find caimans, crocodiles and a vast variety of birds. The park also offers various trails great for wildlife viewing and bird watching.