Starting at $60 per night

Overview

This turtle nesting tour at Playa Camaronal (Camaronal Beach) is a fun and interesting evening activity for nature lovers of all kinds including kids! Every year, thousands of sea turtles come to the Playa Camaronal area to lay their eggs in the sand. These giant turtles are slow-moving but are efficient with their mission: they come to shore, dig a deep hole where they lay their eggs, bury the eggs and then go back into the sea. This occurs all year round, but is most likely to be seen during the high season from August to October.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Samara, Nosara or Punta Islita along with other travelers that will be participating in the tour. You’ll drive up to 2 hours depending on which beach has had the most sea turtles nesting that day. When you reach the beach you will wait to see the turtles arrive on shore. Your guide will provide juice and snacks while telling you a history of the turtles and the conservation laws that are in place to protect these endangered species. The turtles that come to this beach are mostly Olive Ridley but there are also Loggerheads and Leatherback turtles that come to dig a nest in this area too.

As a country that values ecology and wildlife, communities within Costa Rica have put into place excellent programs to promote the conservation of these endangered species while still allowing the community to benefit. Every evening the beaches are scattered with uniformed guards and everyone who enters the beach must be accompanied by a tour guide. Turtle tours actually have helped protect these vulnerable creatures by regulating the amount of turtle observers and providing a guarded presence that keeps poachers and predators away.

Each turtle lays approximately 100 ping-pong sized eggs per night and buries them in the sand. When they hatch each egg is re-populating the ecosystem with sea turtles and strengthening the life lineage of turtle species in Costa Rica and worldwide.

Included in this tour are a bilingual guide, fruit snack, drink and transportation. Transportation to the Playa Camaronal area is available from hotels in Samara and Punta Islita and can take up to 1.5 hours each way depending on which beach will be visited that evening. The approximate total time for this tour including transportation from your hotel can take up to 5 hours, depending on which roads are open at different times of the year.

What to Bring

  • Rain Gear
  • Insect Repellent

Location and Availability

The Sea Turtle Observation at Camaronal Beach is available from Nosara, Punta Islita, and Samara

Tour Times

  • 3:45pm
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:30pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 9°51'44.05". Longitude: W 86°33'21.38"

Reviews

  • Overall 94.7% (15 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 94.0%
  • Expectations: 93.3%
  • Guides: 96.7%
  • Logistics: 94.7%
  • Value: 94.0%

07/27/2017

The only negative is that the tour started an hour later than we had been told; we spent an hour waiting at the hotel lobby. It was a wonderful experience.

07/26/2017

Once in a lifetime. Absolutely amazing.

06/04/2017

A highlight for me.

08/03/2016

The only reason I rate our overall experience as a bit lower is simply because we didn't see turtles and that can't be helped by anyone. Otherwise, everything else about the tour was great. The workers and volunteers at Camaronal Beach are doing such great conservation work - it was worth paying for the tour even if we didn't see turtles in order support this important cause.

07/12/2016

Didn't know it was so late at night...kids were tired and a bit unprepared for 3 hours, so late in the evening. But, we were lucky to see a turtle, so this was great.

06/23/2016

For reference I would let people know that you can only use a red light on the beach when looking for a viewing the turtles. The tour only had 2 red light flashlights available for the whole group.

08/11/2015

Berny and Gilbert were great. Berny educated us on much of Costa Rica and the turtles. He was very knowledgeable. We waited a couple of hours until we saw the turtles. What an experience it was to see her lay her eggs! It was well worth the wait. The only problem was the road was a little crazy. We drove through a river that felt a little scary and I got car sick on the way back. No fault of anyone's. For those seeking an adventure, they would love the crazy road! I would do it again and just take medicine next time. It was great!

05/14/2015

Didn't see any turtles due to being off season and walking the beach in the dark was a little disorienting but guides were very knowledgeable (and a little apologetic but the lack of turtles were out of their control) and thoroughly explained every bit of the process the turtles go through.