Costa Rica Sea Turtles
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Costa Rica Sea Turtles

Marine Sea Turtles of Costa Rica

Sea Turtles come to Costa Rica in great and healthy numbers. Different sea turtles species are currently endangered, falling prey to fishing nets, plastic pollution, hunting ( Food source and beauty articles ) and natural pray. In Costa Rica, tourism industry and the government have made a huge effort to protect the main sea turtle species, including the Leatherback, The Hawksbill, The Green Sea Turtle and the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. There are currently vast regions that are protected by law, creating save havens for sea turtles to arrive, nest and later hatch, and so commence the lifecycle again, which lasts for years.

Volunteering programs in Costa Rica are also happening in several regions, including Tortuguero National Park, Barra de Pacuare, Gandoca Manzanillo, Nancite and Naranjo Beaches in the Santa Rosa National Park, Playa Grande and Ventanas in Guanacaste, Ostional, Playa Buena Vista, Camaronal and Corozalito, Punta Mala, and the Osa Peninsula and the Golfo Dulce. You can also book sea turtle tours, which happen at night. With some variants, the consist in accompanying a local scientists and guide when they patrol the uninhabited beaches at night, to see the spectacle of Sea turtle Nesting and also, a few months later, the amazing spectacle of the Sea Turtle Hatching.

A turtle haven

Barra de Pacuare

The best place to have the chance to see Leatherbacks both nesting and hatching

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Tortuguero

Between July and September, great chance of seing the Green Atlantic Sea Turtle nes and hatch

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Guanacaste

Olive Ridley come ashore to nest and hatch during the Green Season

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About our tours

There are several guided night tours offered in three main regions

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Tortuguero National Park & Packages MOREINQUIRE

When to see them ?

Find out more about when to see them along the coasts of Costa Rica

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Where to see them ?

More information on where you can enjoy the spectacle of nesting and hatching

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Nesting season

The best time to see the turtles come ashore and nest is different depending on the area

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Hatching season

The hatching seasopns occurs after the nesting season. There are some periods where you might see both events

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