Definitely admire the nesting of turtles is that, a contact with nature and a tour that, if is possible, it can’t be missed.
The nesting of turtles is one of the most amazing activities that can offer nature and is one of the ecotouristic tours which can be enjoyed in Costa Rica.
The most popular place to enjoy this activity is Tortuguero National Park. Here, green turtles nest on the beaches from July until October. Many of the boutique hotels located in this area operate this type of night tours to observe the nesting of turtles in these months.
Another important Park for this activity is the Marino Ballena National Park, where arrives the Leatherback Sea Turtle, one of the turtles more attractive and protected by this park, as it is a protected natural area and this animal is in danger of extinction.
There are several beaches where happens spawning: Playa Langosta, Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas, here the nesting season is between October and mid-February.
The Hawksbill Turtle and the Boba Tortoise are species which, although not common, are reaching the Caribbean coast during the summer.
The Olive Ridley Turtle comes to land several days each month of August and September and spawn in the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and Playa Grande.
Sea turtles are more frequently during the nights, when females come to lay their eggs, because for them it is important that the process is peaceful, without noise or lights of cameras, as can frighten and return to the sea before time. That’s why the tours do not allow lights or cameras or spotlights.
As a curious fact, only 1 of 5 thousand turtle babies survive until adulthood.
We share a map where you will find the specific spots of turtle nesting so you can make your travel in car without getting lost in these places.