Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour

Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour

Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour takes you to one of the world’s most important sites for Olive Ridley Turtle Nesting, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge. Most of the Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tours are programmed to be enjoyed by the evening or night as it is the time when the most significant number of the turtle shows out, but we can arrange a special deal for you departing earlier and visiting some of the beaches along the way.

Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour offers you a great trip to see thousands of turtles nesting at Ostional Wildlife Refuge. This tour will take you through beautiful landscapes and rural towns along the coastal road.

Ostional is located around 2.5 hours from Papagayo Gulf and 1.5 hours drive from the Tamarindo area. Ostional Wildlife Refuge and Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste are the most important nesting site in the world for the Olive Riddle Turtle.

It is possible to see green or black turtles and, on rare occasions, Leather-back Turtles. The best months to observe the massive olive riddle turtle arrivals are from August to the end of October. Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour also allows you to witness nature’s miracle, watching some of the most significant Olive Riddle Turtle arrivals between the months of September and January, especially in the full moons.

Here, thousands of turtles come out of the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach. It is also possible to observe the hatching; depending on the weather conditions, they clast around 50 days before they hatch. This is a great chance to observe and help these little ones run into the ocean.

The massive turtles’ nesting used to occur during the early hours or late evening hours and only during the lower moon. There is no specific date for the turtle to come out, but we are in constant contact with the range station. Once they start to come out, the arribada can last up to five days. Guanacaste Turtle Nesting Tour is a seasonal tour, and we try to arrange the trips at the best times and days possible. There are turtles coming out along the month but never in the massive number as occurs during the arribadas but still possible to observe some.

All our Guanacaste tours offer you private transportation, this way, we can give you a customized experience, and at the same time, we care about your safety.  This way, we allow you to change itineraries (if possible), make stops along the way, and enjoy the day at your own pace, without a rush.

All our Guanacaste Tours depart from:

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, and Riu Guanacaste Hotels. We also leave from Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, and Four Seasons Peninsula. As well as Secrets Papagayo, Villas Sol, Occidental Papagayo, El Mangroove Resort among others. You can also enjoy our tours from Tamarindo Beach, Flamingo, Playa Conchal, and Potrero. 

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From Coco Beach, Playa Hermosa, Ocotal, Riu Guanacaste Hotels,  Secrets Papagayo, El Mangroove, Occidental Papagayo & Villas del Sol.  As well from Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, Andaz Papagayo & Four Seasons Costa Rica

2 Guests

Turtle Nesting Tour
$ 220 per person
  • Rate Plus Taxes

4 Guests

Turtle Nesting Tour
$ 175 per person
  • Rate Plus Taxes

6 Guests

Turtle Nesting Tour
$ 150 per person
  • Rate Plus Taxes

8+ Guests

Turtle Nesting Tour
$ 120 per person
  • Rate Plus Taxes

From Flamingo, Tamarindo Beach, Conchal & Potrero              please add $20 p.p

Includes Private transportation, bilingual guide, water, fruits, and entrance fee.

What to bring: Insect repellent, comfortable and dark clothes, and no flash camera.

Duration: 8 hours approx.

Departure: Depending on tide and moon (new moon) / Tours can be done around 5.00 pm or early morning.

Taxes are not included.


Daily departures.

2 guests min. to operate the tour.

The most significant arrivals occur during the months of September, October, November, and December.

This is a night tour, not recommended for small children.

Hiking Level: Easy / Short hike by the beach.

*Note: If you suffer from high or low-pressure problems, asthma, or any heart problem, please let our guide know and bring your medication with you. As well, if you have any knees, hip, and back problems that are difficult for you to hike, it is necessary that your info to us before taking the tour.

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