Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Cruz

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  • We went to Costa Rica, specifically, to see the Ostional Arribada that occurs once a month between October and February, but missed it by 2 days when it started on Feb. 20th. Unfortunately, we were tr...  more »
  • Nice beach location , we were able to see baby sea turtle hatching to go to sea. Olive Ridley turtles. Guides are there for a small fee, they have so much knowledge to share. Some guides also make it ...  more »
  • A lot of tours advertise going at night to see the turtles lay eggs. Unless you are interested in numbers that sounded crazy to us. Just seeing one turtle with kids is more than enough. We hired a gui...  more »
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  • Seeing the turtles lay their eggs was a very cool experience! We showed up without a planned appointment or guide and one approached us in the street. Don't worry about negotiating much, it seemed like all places charged the standard $10 a person. The best time to see the turtles is after 7pm!
  • Fantastic beach, great surfing, baby turtles in the morning, Big ones at night. Had a local guide 'Gilberth' lives right on the beach, excellent host, and knowledgeable about the turtles. Worth the drive.
  • Great but did not see any turtles
  • Costa Rica is one of the most impressive, and yet one of the most disappointing places to visit. Sadly, according to the locals, the government has allowed people to legally steal eggs from the nests of sea turtles and so unless you want to see some pretty upsetting scenes do not make the mistake of visiting during these times. It's called a Wildlife Refuge, but in reality it's anything but one!
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