Turtle watching hours are from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 - Ostional National Wildlife Refuge photo -

Published Thursday, October 8, 2020

Sea turtle season arrives at Ostional

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste Province, announces the open tour season to see the arrival of thousands of sea turtles during the nesting season when they lay eggs on the beach.

Due to the regulations for the protection of the marine turtles during the nesting season, access to the beach can only be done in a small group and supervised by a tourist guide accredited by the park rangers.

Turtle watching hours are from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The early hours are in place following the restrictions established by the Ministry of Health for beaches located in the Yellow Alert zones.

People interested in seeing this beautiful natural spectacle should respect the health measures for the prevention of covid-19, the park rangers said in its statement.

Park rangers recommend the following for visitors entering the park during the sea turtle arrival season:

• You can only enter with a tour guide.

• Access to the beach will be denied to a person or group of visitors who arrive without an authorized guide.

• To see the nesting of the turtles it is necessary to make a reservation in advance with an authorized guide. Reservations can be made at the Ostional Tourist Guides Association lines (506)2682-0428 or (506)2682-1229.

• Admission is free. But visitors must pay the cost of a tourist guide of approximately $20.

• The maximum group size allowed is 7 people including children and the tour guide.

• Visitors must respect social bubbles, wear facemask all the time, the social distancing rule must be respected and all the guide's orders must be followed to avoid contagion by covid-19.

Have you visited Ostional Beach during the sea turtles' arrival season?
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