North Caribbean Region

The North Caribbean region encompasses the rich coastline from the San Juan River in the north, to the city of Limon in the south. Characterized by amazing river systems full of natures wonders, miles of uncrowded Caribbean beaches and crystal blue waters, the North Caribbean Region is a must see destination for those traveling to Costa Rica. 

In Tortuguero, a northern most destination located 140 miles northeast of San Jose,  you will experience dense, humid rainforest that abounds with species of amazing wildlife, birds, reptiles, plants and immense trees. The village of Tortuguer's 22 miles of pristine beaches is home to the worlds second largest nesting of green sea turtles and the most visited nesting sight in the Western Hemisphere. Visiting the Barroa del Colorado Wildlife Refuge can be done from Tortuguero as they offer many types of tours to even the remotest sights.

The climate in the Northern Caribbean has no distinct dry season sometimes experiencing rain from 15 minutes a day to 15 days straight. This has little effect on tourism in the area as the Tourtuguero National Park boasts over 100,000 tourist each year. Ponchos are common attire but do not hinder the adventurous tourist wanting to see this amazing Amazon of Costa Rica.

Things To Do

Birders and Nature Lovers can search for a variety of wildlife including over 300 species of birds, jaguars, monkeys, and endangered turtles in the National Parks and Reserves.

From July to October observe Endangered Turtles such as the Green, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill lay their eggs on the beaches of Tortuguero and Barra de Colorado.

Sceneic boat and land tours through the lush tropical canals of Tortuguero National Park and learn the natural history of the flora and fauna that surround you. 

Snorkel, Scuba Dive or Sail in the crystal clear waters that yield to the white sand beaches.



Main Attractions / Towns

Barbilla National Park     Playa Bonita Calero & Brava Islands
Parasmina Barra Colorado National Wildlife Refuge Puerto Moin
Pacuare River Tortuguero National Park  

Where To Stay

It is common for travelers to take day trips out of San Jose or the South Caribbean Region but there are accommodations to suit every traveler from sports fishing lodges in Barra del Colorado to small hotels in Tortuguero. 

Where To Go From Here

Travel to the South Caribbean Region and enjoy the larger more populated areas around Limon, Puerto Viejo and Cahuita.  Head to the Central Valley and enjoy museums, theater, and fine restaurants

Photo contributed by:  Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" [Costa Rica: Tortuguero] under CC license, "marinakvillatoro" [tortuguero village] under CC license