If you want a real contact with wildlife in your next Costa Rica vacations, you have to enjoy a sea turtle nesting tour. The nesting of sea turtles is one of nature's most amazing spectacles and it is one of the fun activities you may want to do when you are enjoying some family vacations.
Tortuguero National Park is one of the most popular destinations for turtle nesting tours and it is included in a lot of Costa Rica Vacation Packages. Here, Green Turtles nest along the beaches from July to October.
Another important site for turtle nesting in Costa Rica is Marino Las Baulas National Park. The Leatherback Turtle is without a doubt the main attraction of this park and in fact, this specie was the main reason for the creation of this protected area, especially for being endangered.
There are various nesting sites at this National Park, including Langosta beach, Grande beach and Ventanas beach. The nesting season here goes from October 20th through February 15th.
Hawksbills and Loggerheads, less common species, nest along the Caribbean Coast during the summer months. The Olive Ridleys nest in the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and Playa Grande on the Pacific Coast, coming ashore in large numbers for several days each month from August to September.
Sea turtles are most frequently seen when the females come ashore to deposit their eggs on beaches, usually at night. It is vitally important that the turtle successfully lays her eggs and noise and bright lights can frighten turtles and make them return to the sea so, the use of flashlights or cameras is prohibited around nesting sea turtles.
They may also be seen feeding in coral reefs during snorkeling and scuba diving tours. Please remember: only one of every 5,000 baby turtles will survive to reach adulthood, but the idyllic Costa Rica weather and the variety of protected turtle nesting sites makes our coasts a perfect place for them.
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