All of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is hot and humid the year around. With temperatures in the 80-s and 90s, the wettest months are November through January where rainfalls averaging 15 inches per month are not unusual. The sunniest months occur from February through April and then again in September. Be aware that it can rain at any time in this tropical environment.
The International and most important dock is right next to the city and all cruises get to it. There is a very nice art crafts market and several choices for tours in the area.
Most recent news for 2015: After years of lawsuits, appeals, and a strike, APM Terminals is finally set to start construction on a new $1 billion terminal on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, which will float off the coast of Moín.
Tortuguero is truly a breathtaking magical place. Its infinite canals, its magnificent forests, its impressive wildlife. However, depending on the passenger, it may turn to hell… No television, humid, hot, no AC and tons of mosquitoes (If you can imagine how many mosquitoes fit in one ton).
So, there is a list of the five most important things to know about Tortuguero when you are selling it to a client.
- Tortuguero is only reachable by air or water. There is no road to get there. And there is not one single ATM in town.
- The hotels are rainforest lodges, comfortable and beautiful, but no TV of AC can be found (Only in one of them, ask us about it!). They all have Internet in the common areas.
- It is rainforest therefore it has mosquitoes, and lots of other bugs. It is important to carry repellent and have it on at all times.
- Green Turtle nesting season is from July to September. It is important to bring dark clothes if coming in that period.
- Wildlife is very easy to watch. It is good to bring a good pair of binoculars and memory sticks for the camera. Mostly all activities are done by boat. (There are a couple of walks though).
Most recent news for 2015: The current peer that is used is la Pavona in Guápiles. It is an easier and by far shortest ride from San Jose to get to Tortuguero (It may have problems if it has been too dry).
Cahuita, Cocles, Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo have some gorgeous beaches, and a great rainforest. It is a place where you can easily see monkeys, sloths and an amazing array of birds from your bedroom window…
- The South Caribbean is only reachable by road. There are no flights going there and it takes about a five hours drive from San Jose.
- Cahuita and Manzanillo are less commercialized than Puerto Viejo. But you can truly feel the rasta jamaican vibe in it!
- They all have a very strong Caribbean influence. The current dialect spoken is Limón Creole English or Mekatelyu, although they also speak Spanish and English.
- It is rainier than the Pacific Coast but also greener. You can easily see sloths and monkeys in several areas.
- The main indigenous populations of Costa Rica live around that area and it is one of the few areas in the country where you can still see their ancient traditions.