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The 6 best nature reserves in the Caribbean

The 6 best nature reserves in the Caribbean

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Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a total of 28 national parks, three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so nature buffs are spoilt for choice. One of the most popular on the Caribbean coast is the Tortuguero National Park, famed for the vast numbers of sea turtles that come to nest in the area.

The park has an intricate tapestry of canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons to explore by boat, canoe or kayak with a local expert, who can guide you through the labyrinth and point out the long list of protected plants and animals living within the Barra de Colorado Wildlife Refuge.

Green macaws, jaguar, sharks, caimans and crocodiles all call the lush rainforest their home in addition to the various sea turtle species. Loggerhead, hawksbill, slider, leatherback and green turtles can all be spotted during nesting season, which usually lasts from March to mid-October.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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