Tortuguero is amazing. Everything about every visit makes us want return again and again. This time we were there for the turtles and timed our visit to coincide with the second half of the nesting season for the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas mydas. October is perfect because the females are arriving on the beach in peak numbers to dig nests in the sand and deposit eggs. Even better there are significant numbers of turtles nesting in July and August so there are thousands of babies hatching out of the sand on Playa Tortuguero.
We arrived by air on a SANSA flight from San José and the excitement started before we even touched down. As we flew over the national park dozens of tracks in the sand showed where the turtles had come ashore the previous night. We departed by boat to the north then west along the Río Suerte to La Pavona which is the main terminal for visitors.