Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers ecoadventures for travellers year round. An exotic example is during the months of August through October.

The awesome Leatherback, the world's largest marine turtle, comes to shore to lay it's eggs. The female drags it's almost 1000 pounds slowly from the ocean to a safe place in the sand. There it digs a deep whole with it's rear flippers and deposits many eggs. Then it returns to the sea. This process can take many hours.

Another species is the Olive Ridley which tend to lay eggs simultaneously, so you can see hundreds of turtles on the same night. This primeval sight will impact you and make for a definitely unforgettable Costa Rica adventure.


These are popular turtle watching areas, hotels here will be able to provide you with a nearby sea turtle watching expedition

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The Great Turtle Race!
April 16 - April 30, 2007

The Great Turtle Race!!Follow these sea turtles from Costa Rica on their epic voyage to Galapagos Islands and beyond.

Leatherback turtles have existed for over 100 million years. They are huge weighing up to a ton and as long as a small car. They can dive to amazing depths and swim across vast expanses of ocean.

This unique creature is dying out, however. 95% of them have disappeared in the Pacific alone due to humans.

The Leatherback Trust has created the Great Turtle Race to focus attention on the leatherback turtles as they swim from their nesting sites on Playa Grande beach in Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in a 2 week journey. Click here to select a turtle and help save the Leatherbacks!


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