Tortuga Island in Costa Rica

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2012

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The most popular island escape off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is this idyllic spot—actually two neighboring islets, Alcatraz and Tolinga—known as Isla Tortuga, or Turtle Island. Its rugged, rocky interior, carpeted in rainforest, is fringed with palm trees and perfect white beaches, themselves a clue to the real attraction.

The volcanic isle is surrounded with gorgeous snorkel sites—nothing compared to what you’d find in, say, Belize or Honduras’ Bay Islands, but home to thousands of fish, including dolphins, puffers, octopi, all sorts of rays and eels and of course sea turtles, all swimming through three shipwrecks just offshore.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Costa Rica Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Costa Rica.

Photo courtesy of Vamos Car Rental Costa Rica via Flickr.

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