Costa Rica Sea Turtles
SEE Turtles works with local organizations to protect critical nesting habitat. This country offers travelers exceptional opportunities to view nesting turtles in areas with pristine rain forests and diverse cultures.
Sea Turtle Species
Leatherbacks: On the Caribbean, they nest from March to July. On the Pacific, they nest from September to March.
Greens: Nest from June to October along the North Caribbean, especially Tortuguero.
Olive Ridleys: Along the Pacific, they nest throughout the year, though on many beaches the nesting is concentrated from July to November.
Hawksbills: The best time to see hawksbills in Cahuita is September and October, though sitings are rare.
Featured Turtle Hotspots
Go SEE Turtles!
Leatherback Volunteer Vacation Price from $1,195. Spend 4 nights working with researchers on a leatherback nesting beach.
Cocos Island Shark & Turtle Research Price: $6,250. A once-in-a-lifetime 10 day diving expedition.
Long-term Volunteer Projects (1 week or more)
Learn about School Field Trips.
Contact us for advice on turtle watching.
How Conservation Tourism Helps
- Tour guiding provides an alternative to illegal harvesting of eggs and turtle meat for sale.
- Promoting locally-owned lodging as an alternative to unsustainable coastal development.
- Income from visits helps fund research and conservation efforts.