Tortuguero Beach: A Jungle Paradise in Costa Rica!

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Stray Dog at Tortuguero Beach, Costa Rica
Stray Dog at Tortuguero Beach, Costa Rica
 Me at Tortuguero Beach, Costa RicaMe at Tortuguero Beach, Costa RicaTortuguero Beach, Costa RicaDan in Tortuguero Beach, Costa Rica Kim and Dan at Tortuguero Beach, Costa Rica

Discovering Tortuguero Beach, Costa Rica

Earlier this year, we spent two weeks exploring the incredibly bio-diverse country of Costa Rica.

Getting to Tortuguero Beach was a long-haul. After our 6 hour flight (10 hours including layovers), we spent the night in San Jose, only to wake up early and travel another 3 hours on the road and 1 hour on the water to reach the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Our destination was Tortuguero National Park, arguably the most remote region in the country, which neighbors Tortuguero Beach and Tortuguero Village.

Tortuguero Beach, or Playa Tortuguero, was one of those places that we thought could only be found in postcards, office calendars or desktop wallpapers. It was picturesque, but also wild. We never thought that we would find ourselves experiencing this lush jungle paradise in person. The beach stretched on for miles, yet we hadn’t come across anyone else. Although we did run into a stray dog happily running along the Caribbean coast! He was so well behaved, too.

A tradition that Dan and I like to do when we arrive to a new beach is test the temperature of the water at the same time. When we both reached in, the water was warm to the fingertips, as expected! However, the beach was too dangerous for swimming because of riptides—and who knows what else! Perhaps, crocodiles and sharks? Instead, we played it safe and spent our time walking along the beach to our cabin, enjoying the jungle landscape with each step.

Significance of Tortuguero Beach

Tortuguero is a very special place. Don’t mistaken this beach as a place to sunbathe and party. During the wet, summer months, thousands of sea turtles come to nest and lay their eggs along the Caribbean Coast, namely Tortuguero Beach. Since we visited during a dry month, the turtles were busy out at sea. However, we still had a worthwhile time seeing other exotic animals during our wildlife boat safari with Mawamba Lodge!

Read more on Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Our Cabin in the Tropical Rainforest
A Wildlife Boat Safari in Tortuguero National Park
An Afternoon in Tortuguero Village

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  1. Bella Skoog (Bella)
    May 19, 2017 / 11:07 am

    What an amazingly beautiful place!

    Hugs Bella, // Instagram: bellaskoog

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you! I loved my time there!

  2. Violette
    May 19, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Such a beautiful jungle! I love these pictures of you, you both are so cute together!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks Violette!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Agreed, he was adorable!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you! I wish I could go back!

  3. Alya Mooro
    May 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks Alya!

  4. Paola
    May 19, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    So wild! Amazing beach!
    Kisses, Paola.

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      It was an amazing experience, being in the wild!

  5. Kate
    May 19, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Eeeek, I can’t imagine swimming with crocodiles or sharks

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Me either! Thanks for reading!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      We have no idea, haha! The owner was no where to be found!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks xo!

    • May 23, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks Amy Ann!

  6. Rach
    May 19, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Oh my that is quite the travel!! I bet you guys were exhausted when you finally got to Tortuguero Beach. But it sounds totally worth it! Too bad it is not a beach you can lay out in. The warm water sounds nice! Also, thank you for the kind words about my wig! During that time, I was so self-conscious and wasn’t sure how an outsider sees it.

    • May 26, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Yes but getting to Tortuguero was all worth it! We saw so many exotic animals in the wild that we’d never see in America like sloths and scarlet macaws! And I am so glad that I was able to help you!

  7. May 20, 2017 / 5:24 am

    Stunning photos! i can’t imagine what it would look like with all the turtles!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


    • May 23, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      I know! Can’t believe I missed out on the turtles!

    • May 23, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks Nicole!

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Yes the dog is so cute!

  8. May 20, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    This looks beautiful! I’ve never been to a jungle before, but it’s definitely on my list of places to travel. I imagine it’s amazing with all the animals and nature!

    Kara x |

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      We saw sooo many exotic animals! It was quite the adventure!

  9. Kassie- The Fly Away Life
    May 20, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    This beach looks lovely! I haven’t been to Costa Rica yet but it is top of my list!

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Definitely go for it when you get the opportunity!

  10. May 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    You are the cutest! I love this entry. That’s so cute to read about the turtles 😀

    cabin twenty-four

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks Eena! Wish I had pictures of the turtles to share!

  11. Out on Catwalk
    May 20, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Tortuguero Beach looks like such a fun place!! <3 The pictures are so beautiful! I haven't explored any jungle but would love to! Thanks for sharing and have great day!! 🙂

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      There’s still time to visit one! This was my first time at a jungle 🙂

  12. Siffat Haider
    May 21, 2017 / 1:03 am

    It totally sounds like my type of beach – I’m not into party beaches at all. Your pictures are beautiful!

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Yeah, this beach would be perfect if you like sea turtles! You’ll have to visit between May – October to see them nesting!

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Such a beautiful country! Wish I was back there now!

  13. May 21, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Ahh, I love the beach! I don’t know how to swim but I still like visiting beaches because they make me so calm.
    I love love love your outfit! Lace is everything. And I’ve always been into that style of braid (mostly because I love the Kardashian’s fashion sense. Please don’t judge me lol!)
    That doggo is so cute! Is s/he yours?
    And I love that a lot of sea turtles come to visit the Carribean Coast in summer!

    xo, Gillan

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      To be honest, I don’t know how to swim either, Gillan! But it doesn’t stop me from going to the beach, hehe. And thank you so much! You’re so sweet! The Kardashian’s are certainly fashion-forward and trendy, so I’ll take that as a compliment.

      We found the dog running around the beach without an owner, but hopefully he can just run back to the nearby village and find someone to care for him!

      Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      We saw a ton of dogs in Costa Rica! Just one cat though.

  14. May 22, 2017 / 1:20 am

    I love the pictures you shared from your trip in Costa Rica! Traveling to get there sounds like a drag with all of the layovers! At least you got to indulge yourself in some nice paradise at the end :). Tortuguero looks amazing! I like how it seems like you’re the only ones there! Our beaches in SoCal gets so crowded that it’s hard to find a spot with so little people *o*.

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I definitely need to visit some day!

    • May 23, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Getting to our cabin in Tortuguero was absolutely worth the plane, bus and boat ride, hahah, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Just asked Dan for his opinion and he agrees! You should totally visit when you get the chance 🙂

    • May 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Quinn! I loved Costa Rica! And that dog was a cutie!

    • May 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm


  15. Mes Voyages à Paris
    May 23, 2017 / 5:53 am

    Impressive pictures!! Looks like you had a great time!!
    Mónica Sors

    • May 23, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      I loved it! Thank you!

    • May 23, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      That’s awesome! I hope you liked your experience. It’s such a beautiful country!

  16. May 23, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I would’ve loved to visit this secluded beach when there were turtles everywhere! But it looks so serene and beautiful when you had it all to yourself (plus that cute dog!)

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • May 23, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Yeah! Although we totally want to come back again during the turtle hatching season too 🙂

  17. May 25, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    such fun pictures to look at! beautiful beach too!

    • May 26, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks! I love the beach so Costa Rica was perfect!

  18. May 27, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Looks like a truely magical place! What a great idea for a place to visit in Costa Rica. And simply just love your pictures! 🙂

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Aw thank you! Costa Rica is so photogenic though, so I can’t take all the credit!

  19. May 31, 2017 / 6:22 am

    This looked like such a fun trip, Kim! 🙂

    • June 5, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      It definitely was! Thanks for reading Teesh!

  20. June 22, 2017 / 7:46 am

    Looks amazing! I’m going to Costa Rica soon, but haven’t really figured out yet where to go exactly but this looks awesome, I should check it out 🙂

  21. June 30, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Costa Rica is somewhere that I would really love to visit one day! Especially to see the sea turtles <3 Your photography is really amazing, Kim, and the colours are so pretty and tropical!