Tortuguero National Park:
The small village of Tortuguero
(translated as "Region of Turtles") lies on the northeastern Caribbean
coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principal Port
of Limon. the village is comprised of a variety of cultures: Hispanic,
Miskito Indian (Nicaragua), and Afro-Caribbean. Both Spanish and Creole
English are spoken. The region surrounding Tortuguero is called the
Tortuguero Plain, which is a vast low lying area of little topographic
relief still covered by a large expanse of tropical rainforest.
Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered
green turtle in the Western Hemishpere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill,
and loggerhead turtles also nest here.
The green turtle
population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in
the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero
was taken for the export market for turtle soup. CCC was established in
1959 specifically to study and protect Caribbean green turtles.