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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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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 26 February 2018
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
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This refuge protects the nesting grounds of the Pacific Olive Ridley sea turtle.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
+506 2682 1229
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

We drove there in the beginning of July hoping to see any turtles. There were not any turtles at all, only turtle shells everywhere. It looks like a turtle grave yard! The beach is not pretty at all and the area near where people buy...More

1  Thank Cgreg123
Reviewed 26 February 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

5  Thank luv2travl09
Reviewed 23 February 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
Reviewed 18 January 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

3  Thank Pannipannini
Reviewed 19 December 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
Reviewed 26 May 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

3  Thank Timothius
Reviewed 5 March 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
Reviewed 23 January 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
Reviewed 31 October 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
Reviewed 6 October 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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28 July 2018|
Response from luv2travl09 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Nancy W, Check out my post on Feb. 25, 2018 "Pre-Arribada is still amazing!" I highly recommend a local Ostional tour guide named Gredy. Our group thought he was awesome! If you are still interested, I can send you his... More
Jennifer A
18 July 2018|
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Response from Pannipannini | Reviewed this property |
Not a good time of year generally.
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