FIRST CLASS SEA TURTLE WATCHING

Witness the remarkable phenomenon of sea turtles arriving onshore or accompany adorable baby turtles on their life journey back to the ocean.

Turtle Observation in Costa Rica

Berny will guide you on a tour to immerse yourself in this awe-inspiring beauty of nature.

Berny goes beyond and above to create an immsersive and personalized turte watching tour for you.

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“Excellent turtle watching experience. Benny was a brilliant guide, very informative and knowledgeable. He explained all the risks associated with looking for turtles out of the main season and established the best time to go to increase our chances. We were fortunate enough to see one turtle even though he thought our chances were low.” 

A 2024 Trip Advisor Review, Eleanor W.

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Turtle Observation in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s sea turtle watching is a special experience due to the abundance of species, unique nesting events, conservation efforts, varied locations, educational opportunities, seasonal patterns, and the enchanting experience of night tours. It all comes together to offer a truly remarkable and memorable wildlife encounter.

Select from two distinct tour options featuring different beach locations. Your choice will likely be influenced by the current turtle nesting report provided by Berny.

Turtle Watching Tour – Option 1

$50 USD / Person

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Camaronal Wildlife Refuge and Corozalito Beach they are only about 30/45 minute drive from Samara beach. We will walk along the nice dark sand beach in hopes of seeing four species of turtles. The most common one is the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. Enjoy the night-walk, the bright stars, and the simpleness of the night as you learn about the turtle nesting from an experienced guide. You will be impressed about the genuineness of nature.

Minimum 4 people

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start: Based on the tide

What to bring:

Shoes, long pants, dark clothes, and insect repellent.

What's included:

Entrance fee, experienced bilingual guide, transportation, drinks and fruit.

Turtle Watching Tour – Option 2

$80 USD / Person

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Ostional Beach is one of the few spots in the world where you have the possibility to see massive turtle nestings, like the Arribada. This phenomenon is a major highlight if you are around the Nicoya Peninsula. You will watch the circle of life as hundreds of sea turtles arrive on the beach to nest their eggs before returning back into the ocean. Let the guides explain this circle of life and the amazing nesting process of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

Minimum 6 people

Duration: 4 hours

Start: Based on the tide

What to bring:

Shoes, long pants, dark clothes, and insect repellent.

What's included:

Entrance fee, experienced bilingual guide, transportation, drinks and fruit.

Turtle Watching season in Costa Rica

When is turtle nesting season in Costa Rica?

The turtle nesting season on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica typically occurs from June to November. During this period, various species of sea turtles, including Olive Ridley, Green, Hawksbill, and Leatherback turtles, come ashore to lay their eggs. The exact timing can vary by location and species, so check with Berny for specific information about the Sámara area and current turtle watching reports. Different beaches may experience peak nesting activity at different times within the broader nesting season.

View this Costa Rica turtle nesting map!

When is turtle hatching season in Costa Rica?

The turtle hatching season on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica generally aligns with the nesting season, typically occurring from September to December. This period encompasses the time when sea turtle eggs laid by nesting females begin to hatch, and baby turtles make their way from the nests to the ocean.

Check with Berny for more precise and up-to-date information, and for a current turtle hatching report. 

Meet Tour Guide Berny

I am dedicated to planning and guiding your nature immersion tour and any other activities that you may want to experience in and around the beautiful Sámara Beach.

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Berny Castillo

Owner and principal guide (English and Spanish)

Any Questions?

Get in touch with Nature Tours Samara

We are happy to help with any question you may have. If you are in Sámara, stop by at the beach and talk to Berny!