This lagoon is one of only two natural lakes in Puerto Rico, making its protection extra precious. It is also one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the island, listing 717 species of plant and 23 different types of fish. Hiking around this pretty spot yields ocean views, and you can also fish and kayak in the lake – though you’ll have to bring your own equipment.
There is also picnic areas, an observation tower and a recently instated mountain bike route.
A caiman infestation is having an unfortunate impact on the ecosystem here; rangers have an extermination program to get the population under control. In theory, caimans only hunt at night, but be alert for them.
To get to Tortuguero from Hwy 22, take Exit 41, take a right on Hwy 2, then left on Rte 687 until you see a big sign for the lagoon on your left.