Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Cruz

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  • Thanks to the great advice provided by Lic Nelson Marin, director of MINAE and SINAC...we were witness of the last big ARRIVADA Hundreds of great turtles...arrived in the last few days. Thank you God ...  more »
  • Where thousands (and thousands) of turtles arrive every year to its wild beaches to nest visit Ostional on the fifth and last day of an arribada, and we still saw some 70 turtles spawning, entering and exiting the beach... Very exciting! For some time, it is necessary to arrange the visit through local guides who manage and control the access to the beach during the days of arrival
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  • We drove there in the beginning of July hoping to see any turtles. There were not any turtles at all, only turtle shells everywhere. It looks like a turtle grave yard! The beach is not pretty at all a...  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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