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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Costa Rica: Atlantic Coast Lodging

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Tortuguero and Cahuita

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Features: Costa Rica’s Atlantic Coast is rich in tropical rain forests, unlimited wildlife, excellent eco tourism opportunities, world class fishing and miles of breathtaking beaches where endangered sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

One of the country’s most popular eco tourism destinations is here: Tortuguero National Park, known as “Costa Rica’s Amazon.” On the northern coast of Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border is Barra Del Colorado which offers superb tarpon fishing as well as snook and calba which run upstream from December to January.

Located about an hour south of the port city of Limon, Puerto Viejo is the perfect place to relax with miles of gorgeous beaches running north and south from town. Not far from Puerto Viejo is Cahuiuita, another charming Caribbean town which adjoins the Cahuita National Park.

Tortuguero National Park

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One of the most exotic regions in the world, The Tortuguero National Park is known as Costa Rica’s Amazon. Bordering Nicaragua, the park contains the most important green sea turtle nesting grounds in the Western Caribbean. Heavy annual rainfall assures extremely rich flora and fauna in the park, which is made up of a unique system of natural and man made canals.

Visitors will see orchids, birds (including herons, hummingbirds, manikin birds, and green macaws), monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, etc. in their natural habitat. Marine turtles such as the Chelonia Midas (green turtle) emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs in the humid tropical forest from July through September.

Tortuguero offers visitors a unique opportunity to view the rain forest and its inhabitants from small boats motoring through a maze of narrow canals as an alternative to hiking the trails. Tortuguero also has world class tarpon and snook fishing; excursions can be arranged through the lodges. Tortuguero is accessible via air (a 30 minute flight from San José) or by boat (3 hours along canals from the Limon area).

Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge is located at the beach in the midst of the Tortuguero National Park between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Guest accommodations consist of 36 comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Hotel facilities include two docks on the canals, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and two family-style restaurants with local and international cuisine. The lodge offers a variety of tours of the canals, turtle nesting observation (seasonal July – September), hikes into the lush rain forest, bird watching and special night tours.

Tortuga Lodge

Located near Tortuguero National Park, this lodge is set in 50 acres of private land on the Northeast Caribbean Coast. The lodge has 24 deluxe rooms set in rustic elegance among beautifully kept gardens. The lodge offers of tours of the canals and turtle nesting observation, hikes into the rain forest, bird watching and special night tours. Call UA for prices.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

Destinations in Central America:
Costa Rica
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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.