Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum (Limon)
A trip to Tortuguero would be remiss without a stop at one of the most notable conservation attractions along the coast, the Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum (Caribbean Conservation Corporation). This small museum and conservation center allows guests to learn all about different species of sea turtles that nest and lay eggs on surrounding beaches, this area being one of the most populated during peak spawning season. Your group will learn all about the lifespans, habitats, and behaviors of these turtles through exhibits, films, and personal observation if you are lucky you will be visiting during peak season, which is typically July through August.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy specializes in safeguarding populations of sea turtles through research, conservation, education, and protection. The conservancy works in part with locals to help monitor the nesting and spawning practices, one of the most popular features of this conservancy offshoot and museum being the environmental volunteer program. As a part of this program experience, you can tag turtles and help count eggs during the peak season, and what better way to learn about the various sea turtles (green, hawksbill, leatherback) than by interacting with them yourselves?
You will also learn much about local vegetation and animals in general while here, as well as have the chance to watch a 20-minute video about the history of local conservation. For more informational material or a souvenir from the conservancy be sure to stop by the onsite gift shop before you go.