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Turtle babies heading to the sea

Festival celebrates Costa Rica sea turtles

Celebrate the sea turtles of Costa Rica this weekend at the Matapalo Sea Turtle Festival. The annual sea turtle festival on Nov. 15 and 16 at Matapalo Costa Rica, halfway between Manuel Antonio National Park and Dominical on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, celebrates the Matapalo Sea Turtle Conservation Project and hatching of baby sea...
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Lirio Lodge Tortuguero Costa Rica

Put Tortuguero on your Costa Rica bucket list

The incredibly biodiverse area of Tortuguero should definitely be on your “bucket list” of places to see in Costa Rica. Called the “Little Amazon” of Costa Rica, Tortuguero on the northern Caribbean Coast is an untamed stretch of wild jungle and desolate beaches. You have swamp, lagoons, canals, marshy islands, dense rainforest, black sand beaches,...
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Tortuguero canals and caimans

Tortuguero, Costa Rica: Where the wild things are

The Tortuguero coast in Costa Rica is a 22-mile-long, desolate, volcanic black sand beach littered with driftwood and tree logs tossed up on shore from the untamed ocean. It is a wild place – like the imaginary jungle coast in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” There is nothing but beach and low, swampy...
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Olive Ridley Turtle baby returning to the sea at Matapalo, Costa Rica

It’s sea turtle season at Matapalo Beach, Costa Rica

We set out down the beach under a leaden sky stuffed with clouds. It was 8:00 at night, close to my bedtime (I know, I’m on Costa Rica “country” time). At first it was hard to see, with the nearly full moon sliding in and out of clouds; but soon our eyes adjusted to the...
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