Tortuguero (Costa Rica)
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica, which can be translated as Land of Turtles, is a village on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the LimÃ³n Province. It gave its name to the neighboring Tortuguero National Park.
The beaches around Tortuguero are key nesting sites for many of the world's most endangered species of sea turtle. Accordingly, there are two biological stations, the Cano Palma Biological Research Station and the John H. Phipps Biological Field Station, which operate from the area immediately around the village, and which concentrate on research and conservation of the local ecology, particularly the turtles.
The small village, which can be reached only by boat or airplane, is sustained in large part by eco-tourism.