Sea Turtle Watching in Costa Rica

While there are seemingly endless activities to enjoy in Costa Rica, turtle watching is always a favorite - visitors can view turtles nesting on the beach or spend a day with a volunteer turtle conservation program.

According to the Costa Rica Tourism Board, five of the world's seven species of sea turtles can be found in Costa Rica including Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead.  

From our brand new ocean view one-bedroom condo in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste (El Coco on the map shown), you'll be a short distance from two great turtle watching sites on the Pacific Coast: Playa Nancite in Santa Rosa to the north Playa Grande to the south.  Let's take a closer look!

Playa Nancite

Home to the Nancite Biology Station, visitors to Playa Nancite can view an amazing 5,000 to 8,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles each night during the July to November nesting season.  Only 25 visitor permits are issued each day so be sure to contact the Guanacaste Conservation Area Administration well in advance.

Playa Grande

Just 13 miles north of Tamarindo, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas at Playa Grande has a concentration of nesting Leatherbacks from mid-October to mid-February that make up half of the entire Leatherback population in the western Pacific.  Reservations to experience Playa Grande turtle watching can be made up to 8 days in advance with public transportation available from as far away as San Jose and Santa Cruz.  

Turtle watching in Costa Rica can also be enjoyed at Curu Wildlife Refuge (Nicoya Peninsula), Refugio de Vida Silvestre Ostional (Playa Nosara), and Playa Camaronal (Nicoya Peninsula).

Volunteer Turtle Conservation Programs in Costa Rica

For more information, visit Wildlife Viewing in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!

Ed & Connie

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