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Tortuga Island, Costa Rica Cruise Port

Tucked into the Gulf of Nicoya is the cruise port of Isla Tortuga or Tortuga Island, Costa Rica, actually made up of two uninhabited islands (the other is Isla Alcatraz). Considered among tourists to be the most beautiful island in this Central American country, it's a tropical paradise for anyone who wants to get away from city life and enjoy the beach. Because of its popularity, there are plenty of visitors that come in from Montezuma and Jacó; if it's quiet you're looking for, consider traveling here in the off-season. The island is also near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, home to indigenous Tico villages and wildlife reserves – should you get bored with beaches and outdoor sports, and want to try more historic and educational pursuits. From hiking in the hills to beach volleyball, here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Tortuga Island, Costa Rica:
 
  • Not surprisingly, snorkeling and diving are probably the island's most popular activities. Keep an eye out for a plethora of marine life, including rays, angel fish, dolphins, octopi, and sharks. Divers can also explore the three sunken ships in the area.
     
  • If you prefer to stay above the water, you can kayak or take a ride in a glass-bottom boat. You'll get a chance to see plenty of dolphins – and possibly even humpback whales.
     
  • Try your hand at sport fishing. The area is full of sailfish, marlin, and yellow fin tuna; book a charter to help you find the best spots to land the big ones (that hopefully won't get away).
     
  • Stay on dry land completely and still get a thrill, thanks to the various canopy tours available on the island. Zip-lines through the lush forest are an exciting (and pretty fast) method of seeing the island from above the treetops. And if you want zero excitement, the famous white sand beaches are a fabulous place to just chill.

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