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.