Tortuguero is one of those destinations located in the remote jungle of Costa Rica Caribbean. Its location allows access only by boat or by air as it has no passable roads for vehicles.
The most important point where the boats are taken is La Pavona, about 2 hours from San Jose (without traffic). Boats leave from La Pavona to Tortuguero every day at 7:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. There is a Rancho Restaurante La Suerte, which is open every day and where you can wait for the boat.
The boat ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes through the canals of the Rio La Suerte and then the Tortuguero River. The final destination is the main pier of Tortuguero. Here you will see an information desk where you can find lodging, restaurants and tours.