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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
+506 2682 1229
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Pre-Arribada is still amazing!

We went to Costa Rica, specifically, to see the Ostional Arribada that occurs once a month between... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
luv2travl09
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Florida
Osti al beach

Nice beach location , we were able to see baby sea turtle hatching to go to sea. Olive Ridley... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2018
rosebobbi
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Chelsea, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“eggs”(21 reviews)
“baby turtles”(4 reviews)
“rainy season”(4 reviews)
About
This refuge protects the nesting grounds of the Pacific Olive Ridley sea turtle.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
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+506 2682 1229
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

We went to Costa Rica, specifically, to see the Ostional Arribada that occurs once a month between October and February, but missed it by 2 days when it started on Feb. 20th. Unfortunately, we were traveling back home on the 20th, so we decided to...More

1  Thank luv2travl09
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Reviewed February 23, 2018

Nice beach location , we were able to see baby sea turtle hatching to go to sea. Olive Ridley turtles. Guides are there for a small fee, they have so much knowledge to share. Some guides also make it a mission to save the babies...More

1  Thank rosebobbi
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

A lot of tours advertise going at night to see the turtles lay eggs. Unless you are interested in numbers that sounded crazy to us. Just seeing one turtle with kids is more than enough. We hired a guide at 5 pm, and spent an...More

2  Thank Pannipannini
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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

Left early to head to Ostional to see if we could see the baby turtles. At first we didn’t see any but a local that was helping the turtles called us over to see. Very amazing to watch them come out of the sand and...More

2  Thank Coloradotravel2010
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

The walk from Ostional town to the beach is short and worthwhile if you stop and eat at the restaurant there. The beach itself was wide and windswept. Black sand with fragments of turtle eggs everywhere - really amazing to help visualize what it must...More

2  Thank Timothius
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Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

Playa Ostional is known for its "Arribadas", thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach, it is an amazing experience. Locals have a permit to extract the eggs on the first 35 hours, government says that as there are too many turtles...More

3  Thank a-j260610
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

It was so fascinating to see. We had a 4 wheel drive car but just remember to get a larger 4x4 to cross that last creek i felt it was a little do deep for our care to get through. so I parked the car...More

2  Thank Chip M
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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I been in ostional as part of the wildlife conservation volunteer, and it's been an amazing experience, the people the place the atmosphere is something special, I love it here and the work they do here is just so important both for the community and...More

1  Thank Pedro P
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Reviewed October 5, 2016

At the right times there are literally tens of thousands of turtles nesting. The viewing is not controlled well enough, too many people walking in between nests and just too many people on the beach at the same time. It is difficult to controll because...More

3  Thank medmurf
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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

My sister and I went to volunteer here from 29 Mar to 8 Apr, 2016. We stayed in the accommodations on the refuge. Food was also provided via the refuge, by one of the locals. ACCOMMODATIONS: We stayed in a room that held 6 people,...More

5  Thank mills6025
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