The Tortuguero Airport is an airport serving the village of Tortuguero along with the Tortuguero National Park in Limon Province, on the Northern Caribbean region and coast of Costa Rica. It is a small and private airport serving commercial flights to the immediate vicinity, and is primarily used for tourism and leisure purposes. The airport has an elevation of 25 feet, and a single runway measuring 3,117 feet. Airlines that serve the destination include Nature Air and Sansa.
What to see & do
Located within the Parque Nacional Tortuguero, the remote town of Tortuguero is one of the bustling little villages with strong Afro-Caribbean roots in Costa Rica. It is best known perhaps for attracting hordes of sea turtles, thus its name, Tortuguero - from the Spanish word ‘tortugas’ that means giant turtle. Along with the hordes of turtles come the tourists who want to see them – peaking within July and August, when the turtles are most plenty. The park, as well as the village, also attracts the tourists with local flavours – and even when the turtles have all pretty much have begun to crawl back to the sea (this is in October), groups of families and adventure travellers still visit and arrive to the place to go on jungle hikes and canoeing through the lush canals in the area. This is even the place is quite hard to reach, only accessible by plane or by boat, with public road/river routes from Moín (close to Limón), La Pavona (north of Cariari), and Caño Blanco (accessible through Siquirres). To add to the beauty of the place are the people living in here – Creoles, so to speak - that are African by roots, Spanish by training, and Costa Rican by nationality. A multi-faceted and multi-cultural race, the locals bring joy and hospitality to all its visitors creating the experience of going to Tortuguero not only an enjoyable one, but a meaningful one as well.
Within the destination, travellers may also enjoy the various culinary exploits that are present. Restaurants such as Wild Ginger, Miss Junie’s, and Budda Cafe, all offer various cuisines to tickle the taste buds of travellers both local and international. A tavern, as well as a bakeshop, is also nearby for those who are looking for other options.
How to get around within Tortuguero
There are no cars for rent or for lease in the area, and buses will only bring travellers from key centres to the entrance of the national park. From the entrance, travellers usually walk - as the vicinity is small enough to roam by feet. Others opt to canoe through the canals, yet another novel experience when going around. No other transportation modes are available.
How to get there
The Tortuguero Airport is the main airport serving Tortuguero and the Tortuguero National Park. It is a private airport with flights to Barra del Colorado and San Jose. Travellers who are coming from outside Costa Rica or outside the Caribbean region are advised to fly in through the Daniel Oduber International Airport, Limon International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport, and the Tobias Bolanos International Airport, which are the four international airports in the country. Out of the four, only the Tobias Bolanos International Airport has direct flights to San Jose, with San Jose having direct flights to Barra del Colorado then to Tortuguero.
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