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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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Visit the Tenorio Volcano National Park to see a unique natural phenomenon at the site where two rivers merge and create vibrant turquoise waters. The tour also takes you to an off-the-beaten-path waterfall and a wildlife sanctuary where you can see sloths and other native wildlife. Plus, along the way your guide shares information about the region and helps you spot easy-to-miss wildlife.
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Betsy V wrote a review Dec 2020
Nosara, Costa Rica6 contributions
Our concierge recommended a visit to see the turtles hatching. The 25 minute drive from Nosara was exciting (through a river! Glad we had 4WD!). But very worth it. $20 US per person. Limited/passable English by guide to help understand the experience but not necessary. 10 minute hike down the beach and you have to be careful where you step! These little guys coming popping up out of the sand and making their way to the ocean! We were there December 22, 2020. Call ahead to make sure of timing.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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JamesFFC wrote a review Sep 2020
Maidenhead, United Kingdom654 contributions229 helpful votes
Really well worth doing, but worth planning ahead for when to go. We visited during the arribada when the females come ashore to lay their eggs. We saw hundreds of turtles coming onto the beach, laying eggs, and then heading back to sea. It was hard to know where to look sometimes! We went on the 5am tour however, and by 6am, the turtles had started to disperse a little, and there were more people coming onto the beach. I'm glad we went at 5. During COVID-19, the government has (as of mid-September 2020), made the slightly bizarre decision to close beaches at 14:30pm. This means your only option is to go in the morning. Our guide was pleasant and answered the questions well about the turtles. It is clear the passion people have for these animals here. There are guides that can speak both Spanish and English. Cost to get in was 12,000CRC for tourists and quite a bit less for residents. If you're there at the right time, I highly highly recommend making this a part of your Costa Rican holiday - it was by far the highlight of my time on the Pacific side - I hope to be back soon!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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lazytravel wrote a review Aug 2020
San Jose, Costa Rica314 contributions60 helpful votes
Long stretch of black sand beach with many turtles hatching during season. This time visited the beach in day time with strong waves.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Florian254 wrote a review Mar 2020
Norddeutschland1,314 contributions705 helpful votes
We went in February and even though the great arriba was over there were still dozens of turtles that made in unto the beach, in fact so many in the area that we were in that we had to constantly shuffle to not be in the way of one. Only red lights are allowed to not disturb the turtles so taking pictures is not easy, you have to have a guide that will make sure you get the whole experience. Oh and yes, the roads in that area are terrible. But this was a once in a lifetime, watching a turtle laying eggs, thing we will never forget.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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AlbertaBushman wrote a review Mar 2020
Grande Prairie, Canada131 contributions53 helpful votes
We took in a turtle tour as we were there during the Olive Ridley Turtle "Arriva" when the females come ashore to lay their eggs. A local guide took us out at night where under the glare of their red lensed flashlights, which don't disturb the turtles, we watched the whole process from the haul out, digging of the sand pit, laying of eggs, and return to the ocean. The entance fee was a very reasonable $10 each. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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