The southern Caribbean is an exquisite place that captures the Caribbean atmosphere of Costa Rica surrounded by the lush jungle and marine wilderness. Within an accessible and relatively small area you will find the Cahuita National Park famous for its living coral reef and marine species, and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Biological Reserve. The vegetation of this area is exuberant in this Tropical Rainforest, ideal for ecological tourism.
Some species you will find: sloths, congos, white-faced monkeys, raccoons, a number of marine turtles, crabs, iguanas, birds, toucans, frogs, yolillo palm trees, ceibas, heliconias, orchids, cinnamon trees, and others. The Southern Caribbean shows impressive cultural diversity where blacks, indigenous, and Europeans have created a very relaxed way of living.
For instance, you are able to buy Bribri handicrafts, eat delicious Italian food, listen to reggae and calypso music, and talk to the old-timers. You will discover this friendly and easy environment.Towns and beaches: Cahuita, Puerto Vargas, Pirikikí Beach, Chiquita Beach, Cocles Beach, Uva Beach, and Manzanillo Beach. Activities you may perform: diving, surfing, hiking, sport fishing, dolphin tour, tour to Kekoldi Native Reserves, horseback riding, bird watching, and more.
Tortuguero Canals :
A peaceful place in the exuberant rainforest crossed by a natural network of scenic navigable lakes and channels. Tortuguero National Park is the most important breeding ground for the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the western half of the Caribbean. In no other part of the world green turtles arrive in such numbers, so regularly every year. There are eight species of marine turtles in the world; six nests in Costa Rica, and of those, four are in Tortuguero.
This explains why the place got its name: "Tortuguero" means "the land of many turtles". The park has 19,211 - hectare coastal territory plus about 52,000 hectares of marine area. It is one of the wettest areas of the country. The average temperature is 26º C / around 79º F. Although the beaches are extensive, they are not suitable for swimming. The surf is very rough and the currents strong. The national park offers great wildlife viewing and birding opportunities: three species of monkeys, sloths, anteaters, kinkajous, manatees, peccaries, tapirs, lizards, caimans, crocodiles, snakes, frogs, toads, 400 species of birds, 400 species of trees, and at least 2200 species of other plants have been recorded. Towns: Tortuguero. Activities to do. Boat tours, hiking, turtle-watching, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, and others.