Located between the Tortuguero River and Caribbean Sea, there is a very small village: this is Tortuguero. In five minutes you can walk from one side of the village to the other on a muddy path. There are no cars. But there are many dugout canoes, some with motors attached and others with only paddles. To the south of town is the Tortuguero National Park, established in 1970. This park protects over 350 species of birds and mammals, including endagered species such as Green Macaws, Jaguars, and many of our Sea Turtles.
The Altantic Green Turtle Chelonia mydas only nests on the beach at night, look description at the website: http://photo2.si.edu/turtles/nesting.html