¿How to get to Tortuguero from San José Costa Rica?

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose

  1. Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  2. Immigration and customs procedures.
  3. Rent a vehicle or book a private transfer from the airport to San Jose.

Day 2: San Jose to Tortuguero 4. Depart early for Tortuguero from San Jose. Make sure to leave around 6:00 AM.

  1. Head east on Route 32 towards Limón.
  2. Continue on Route 32 until you reach Guápiles, where you will see signs for Tortuguero.
  3. Turn left onto Route 247 towards Cariari and follow signs to Tortuguero.
  4. Arrive at La Pavona, where you’ll secure your vehicle and take a boat to Tortuguero. Be sure to check boat schedules in advance.

Day 3-4: Exploring Tortuguero 9. Enjoy the beaches, canals, and wildlife of Tortuguero.

  1. Visit Tortuguero National Park and witness turtle nesting (depending on the season).
  2. Take a boat tour through the canals to spot caimans, monkeys, birds, and other wildlife.

Day 5: Tortuguero to San Francisco 12. Take the boat back to La Pavona.

  1. Return to your vehicle at La Pavona and head to San Francisco on the Caribbean Coast.
  2. Drive back to Guápiles on Route 247.
  3. From Guápiles, continue on Route 32 towards Limón.
  4. In Limón, take Route 36 towards San Francisco. Follow the signs to reach your destination.

Day 6-7: Exploring San Francisco and the Caribbean Coast 17. Enjoy the beaches of San Francisco and relax in this peaceful coastal village.

  1. Explore the local culture and try delicious Caribbean cuisine.
  2. Engage in water activities such as surfing, snorkeling, or fishing in the area.

I hope this route is helpful for your journey from Juan Santamaría International Airport to Tortuguero and San Francisco on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica! Remember to check boat schedules to Tortuguero and be prepared to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Safe travels!

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