Tortuga Abajo is considered an exploration point or hub in the Southern Pacific of Puntarenas, due to its closeness to many touristic attractions, like Ojochal, the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Golfito, Pavones, Matapalo, Isla del Cano and the Marino Ballena National Park.
It’s relatively close to the Central Pacific Area (within 1 hour) including Quepos and Manuel Antonio where my Costa Rica travel vacation is developing. In the Southern Pacific Matapalo, you will find great surfing spots and the best Costa Rica diving tours in Isla del Cano.
Tortuga Abajo is located 19 miles south from the popular Dominical Beach. You can get there driving or taking a bus from San Jose. If you want to drive, you can use the Costanera highway that goes along the Pacific Ocean, providing you with great landscapes.
You can also use the Inter American Highway and make a detour in Perez Zeledon, a route that will take you through the Cerro de la Muerte. And your third option is to fly from San Jose to Palmar Sur, which is 45-minute flight to Palmar Sur, located south of Tortuga and Ojochal.
Once you are in Tortuga Abajo, you can start scouting for many places to visit in the southern area, and I recommend starting in Ojochal. It is a small town with a typical Costarican coast experience and great views of the Pacific Ocean from the mountains, which can be either reached by walking or horse back riding.
After this great start, you will find a lot of places to visit, like the Corcovado National Park, Isla del Cano, Matapalo, Pavones, Marino Ballena, and many beaches with pristine waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, sports fishing, kayaking or just sun bathing. Sight seeing includes estuaries, mangroves, Costa Rica birding tours and marine life that can be seen includes whales, dolphins, rays and endangered species of sea turtles.
If you stay in Ojochal, you will find cheap Costa Rica hotels and cabins, international food restaurants, bars and Sodas offering food at cheap prices. The weather in Tortuga Abajo is similar to the rest of the Southern Pacific area, warm and humid during all year, with heavy rains in the rainy season (May to mid-December).
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