A trip to Tortuguero National Park, on Costa Rica’s northeast coast, likely won’t be the most luxurious holiday you’ve ever taken. But it could easily end up being the most memorable. The 120-square-mile nature preserve, which encompasses a sweep of deserted, wind-tossed Caribbean beach, is the place where thousands of endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles converge each year to lay their eggs. You’ll need a guide to see the turtles, and you’ll need to be comfortable walking in the dark (the turtles nest in the dead of night, by the light of the moon). But once your eyes adjust, you’ll get to witness something very few people have had the chance to see: a critically threatened creature, working to perpetuate its species.
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