There isn't much night life in Tortuguero. The local hangout is the La Cubra Bar, a long,narrow building that is built along the edge of the canal at the south end of town. We asked a local where we could sit & have a beer at 10 pm on a Sunday & he led us about 50' to the La Cubra.It cost us a beer for the directions & just to get rid of him. It seemed like a pretty rough bar & being a little leary(we were the only tourists in there),we drank our beers & left. If we had been in a group or even with some of the locals we had befriened I'm sure we wouldn't have felt so uncomfortable. It's quite the place with its disco balls & coloured ,flashing lights & seemed like it would be "THE" place to be on a Friday or Saturday night! It's definately worth a look & the view out on the canal is fantastic!
Dress Code: no dress code, just what ever you have on.
As it got dark (and the dark came really quickly - no long twilight), we went out in a boat along the canals.
The guides had powerful search lights to find alligators and crocs, but they also ran down the river in the pitch black with NO lights.
We saw a small crab (in the water), and some Yellow Crowned Night Herons, and a Boat-billed Herons. They also captured (and released) several caimans- one a good 5 feet long. We also saw bats, one bat flew through the searchlight with a raptor in pursuit. The guide said it was a falcon, and I suppose it could have been a bat falcon, but I suspect it was an owl.
Dress Code: Long sleeves, long trousers (not shorts) and a sweater (can be cool).