Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Tortuguero National Park, Limon Province, Costa Rica|www.tortugalodge.com|
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It’s all about the wild at La Tortuga: the lodge abuts Tortuguero National Park – the best location in the Americas to see nesting and hatchling turtles – and sits beside rivers and forests filled with life. It’s the only hotel in the area to have its own private reserve and it offers a full menu of wildlife excursions – from boat rides on the crocodile-filled rivers to birdwatching.
Accommodation is kid-friendly – with suites, a pool and excursions suitable for kids over 10. The open-sided Green Turtle restaurant makes the most of the spectacular forest views by day; in the evening, lit by tiki torches and candles, it feels wonderfully atmospheric.
One of Costa Rica’s must-sees –Tortuguero National Park – is literally outside your villa door. With its long turtle-nesting beaches, monkey and toucan-filled forests and backwater creeks teeming with crocodiles and iguanas it’s one of the best places for wildlife in Central America.
You can see nesting turtles March through October on the reserve’s sweeping, two-mile-long beaches; in early autumn, thousands of hatchlings wriggle free of the black sand and head for the gently lapping waves.
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