One of the most important breeding places in the world where the Olive Ridley sea turtle comes ashore. Admire this impressive scene under the guidance of a biologist, where approximately 2000 animals arrive at the beach overnight to nest.
Costa Rica is home to 6 sea turtle species, nesting on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. The nesting period mainly takes place in the rainy season, from July to November, but there are also turtles that lay eggs on the beach between January and June. The period depends on the turtle species and the coastal region. The largest sea turtle in the world, the 'Leather Turtle', for example, can be spotted on the Caribbean coast in a different period than on the Pacific coast.
If you read or hear about sea turtles in Costa Rica, Tortuguero is the place to go. Remarkably enough, other places are much more authentic than this tourist hotspot. There are several nesting places, spread over the entire coast. We avoid Tortuguero in our route because this park is visited en masse, is far too busy and the sea turtle tours have become very commercial. A waste of time and money.
We know special places where your encounter with a sea turtle can be quiet and relaxed, which is better for the turtle and the visitor. Never forget: if a turtle is disturbed on the beach during his arrival, there is a good chance that she will turn around and not lay eggs. There are a few places that we keep secret, which we believe are the best places to experience sea turtle nesting. If possible, depending on the month, we will visit one of the most important nesting places in the world of the Olive Ridley turtle: Ostional Wildlife Refuge. Accompanied by our guide, a biologist expert in sea turtles, you can walk on the beach for a few hours to experience this magical spectacle.
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