ÁREA DE CONSERVACIÓN TORTUGUERO
Parque Nacional Tortuguero
Location: On the province of Limón, on the Atlantic coast, 84 Km northwest of Limón city.
Area information: Created on November 3, 1975. It is the most important area in all the west half of the Caribbean for the nesting of the green turtle. Other species of marine turtles, such as the leatherback and hawksbill, also nest on the extensive beach of the park. A natural system of navigable canals and lagoons of great scenic beauty cross the park from southeast to northwest. They are the habitat of seven land turtles, which pose on tree trunks on the water or on the floating vegetation islands; of the manatee, one of the most threatened species; of the crocodile; a great variety of crustaceans and some 30 species of freshwater fish.