Costa Rica is famous for being the place that several species of sea turtles hatch and return every year to lay their eggs. We’re delighted to offer you the opportunity to view this amazing spectacle of nature.
The Olive Ridley Turtles are something like the size of your carry-on luggage and they nest in large numbers on Ostional Beach. Their nesting and egg laying on the beach occurs according to the moon phase, but the turtles can be seen digging holes in the sand and laying eggs during the day or during the night.
Leatherback turtles are the giant sea turtles that nest on Playa Grande. Their nesting season goes from November to March, and it is only possible to watch them prepare nests and lay eggs during the night. Whereas in the past Leatherback turtles were plentiful in the past, today their population is in danger and sightings during nesting season are not guaranteed on a daily basis. Playa Grande is carefully guarded and monitored during Leatherback nesting season to be sure that eggs are safe and that curious humans do not bother the turtles. Limited numbers of people are allowed on the beach during the night, no flashlights of any kind are permitted other than the filtered lights carried by park guards, and respect for nature is a law.
Watching sea turtles nest on land is an amazing experience that we want to share with you during your visit to Guanacaste. Let’s make sure you don’t miss it.
Turtle Nesting Tour
- 1-3 people: $90 per person
- 4-6 people: $85 per person
- 7 or more: $75 per person
- Round trip transportation with air-conditioned shuttle, naturalist bilingual guide, park tickets included in the rate a bottled water during the tour.
- 4:00 pm
- Light clothes, tennis shoes, camera (no flash), comfortable clothes and dark colors, cash for tipping
Turtle Nesting Evening Tour
- $50 per person
- Free pick up & drop off at your home in the Tamarindo area
- Round trip transportation, water, and a private bilingual guide.
- Approximately 6 hours
- Tennis Shoes, dark colored clothes, camera (with no flash), bug spray, and cash for tipping