Parismina is a village of about 400 people located on the
Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, at the mouth of the Reventazón River.
Parismina is about half way between Tortuguero and
Limón on the
Tortuguero canals. There is no road to Parismina; it is accessible
only by boat or plane and while some cars and motorcycles exist within
the village, the paved surface is the runway.
Parismina is part of the
Siquirres in the
Eco-tourism and sport
fishing are the foundation of the village economy.  
The residents of
Parismina have a unique culture which includes a
local dialect, many
Caribbean traditions and cuisine and a traditional
2 Sea turtles
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At least three whole guest houses/hotels and a few restaurants and
bars are available in the town of Parismina. A number of high end
fishing lodges specializing in
Tarpon and Snook are located short boat
rides away and provide the villagers with their main source of income.
Residents benefit from a health care center which operates two days a
week, a police station and both a primary and secondary education
Parismina enjoys a public water system with safe drinking water and
sanitation. Most houses have electricity installed and most streets
have lights. No banks or post office are to be found in the village.
As such, residents and tourists alike make the trip to Siquirres
occasionally to carry out administrative and financial duties.
Main article: Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina
Four different species of sea turtles nest on the beaches at
Parismina. Several of these are hovering on the brink of extinction,
particularly the leatherback sea turtle. A large number of
leatherbacks and green sea turtles nest in the black sand dunes of the
beaches near Parismina; Hawksbill turtles are occasionally found and
Loggerheads have been reported, but are rarely seen.
While the turtles used to be hunted as a food source by inhabitants, a
recent increase in poaching has been seriously threatening the
population. In April 2001, local residents along with the Costa Rican
Coast Guard, initiated Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina,
or Save the Turtles of
Parismina (ASTOP). A community-based, non
profit, conservation organization dedicated to protecting sea turtles
and their eggs from poaching while initiating sustainable development
and providing a viable alternative economy to poaching in the village.
Prior to the formation of ASTOP, 98% of the Green turtles were killed
for their meat and 98% of all three species of turtles' nests were
Parismina beach. Since the project started, poaching has
decreased to 38%. In addition to saving 10,000 neonates annually,
ASTOP economically supports approximately one third of the village.
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^ a b "
Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina
Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP)".
Retrieved March 23, 2013.
^ a b "Village of Parismina, Costa Rica". Retrieved March 23,
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Parismina.
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