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Isla Tortuga
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Isla Tortuga

Isla Tortuga, also known as Turtle Island, is a small island located off the coast of Costa Rica in the Caribbean Sea. It is a part of the Parque Nacional Isla del Coco, a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is known for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, making it a popular destination for tourists.

The island is located approximately 300 miles from the mainland of Costa Rica. It is roughly circular in shape, with a circumference of about 7.5 miles and an area of about 5 square miles. The highest point on the island is about 150 feet above sea level, and the average depth of the surrounding waters is about 300 feet.

Isla Tortuga has a rich history, dating back to the 16th century when it was first discovered by Spanish explorers. During this time, the island was used as a base for pirate activity, and it was also a popular spot for whaling. In the 19th century, the island was a major trading post for ships traveling between the Caribbean and the Pacific.

In addition to its historical significance, the island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles, seabirds, and sea lions. It is also an important nesting site for green sea turtles, and the island is home to a research center dedicated to the conservation of these animals.

Today, Isla Tortuga is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors the chance to enjoy its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. There are also a number of activities available, such as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. Visitors can also explore the island’s rich history and learn about its unique wildlife.

Excursion tips for a day in Isla Tortuga

As a tourist in Isla Tortuga in Costa Rica, you can experience the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and its wildlife in a variety of ways. Here are some possible activities to enjoy during your day on Isla Tortuga:

1. Relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
2. Take a boat tour to explore the island's coastline and spot dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
3. Snorkel or scuba dive to discover the vibrant coral reefs and colorful fish.
4. Go kayaking or paddle boarding around the island.
5. Hike through the lush jungle and spot exotic birds and other wildlife.
6. Visit the local village to learn about the culture and traditions of the island.
7. Enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants.
8. Go fishing and catch a variety of fish including snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi.
9. Visit the nearby Isla del Coco to explore the island's unique wildlife and marine life.
10. Take a boat ride to the nearby Isla de Caño to explore the island's pristine beaches and mangrove forests.

Experience Isla Tortuga with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Isla Tortuga. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Isla Tortuga

Isla Tortuga in Costa Rica experiences a tropical climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 24-30°C (75-86°F). During the dry season (December to April), the weather is sunny and dry with little rainfall. In the wet season (May to November), the climate is humid and rainy with temperatures rising slightly. The average humidity is high year-round, making the island a great place to enjoy the sun and surf.

Cruise weather for Isla Tortuga

Our weather forecast for Isla Tortuga helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.7 °C
min: 24.1 °C
13.0 m/s
11.9 m/s
78.8 %
22.5 m
85.4 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 24.3 °C
11.9 m/s
12.2 m/s
71.6 %
18.5 m
87.5 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 24.3 °C
10.8 m/s
11.5 m/s
85.1 %
18.0 m
88.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 22.7 °C
11.5 m/s
16.2 m/s
97.7 %
10.1 m
94.6 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 22.4 °C
7.9 m/s
10.4 m/s
80.9 %
21.9 m
84.9 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 29.7 °C
min: 23.4 °C
10.8 m/s
14.8 m/s
60.4 %
23.0 m
85.7 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 24.4 °C
10.8 m/s
11.2 m/s
89.5 %
22.3 m
86.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 24.3 °C
9.7 m/s
9.7 m/s
65.8 %
21.3 m
87.4 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 23.9 °C
12.2 m/s
18.4 m/s
82.2 %
21.2 m
87.4 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 23.8 °C
11.2 m/s
13.0 m/s
92.8 %
20.8 m
88.6 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 28.3 °C
min: 22.9 °C
6.8 m/s
8.6 m/s
90.4 %
18.0 m
88.4 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 29.3 °C
min: 22.8 °C
11.2 m/s
16.9 m/s
67.6 %
19.2 m
85.4 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 27.3 °C
min: 23.3 °C
12.2 m/s
20.5 m/s
73.1 %
20.8 m
87.7 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 28.4 °C
min: 23.5 °C
11.2 m/s
10.8 m/s
70.7 %
17.2 m
86.4 %
1,011 hPa

Cruises to Isla Tortuga

Would you like to travel to Isla Tortuga on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Isla Tortuga.

Scheduled ship calls in Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jan. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Jan. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Jan. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 17th 2025 Friday, 17th of Jan. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Jan. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 28th 2025 Friday, 28th of Feb. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Mar. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Mar. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Mar. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 19th 2025 Friday, 19th of Dec. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 26th 2025 Friday, 26th of Dec. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 28th 2025 Sunday, 28th of Dec. 2025 Star Clipper 12:00 am 12:00 am

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