Turtle Nesting Tour

3 to 4 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket


Spend a truly unforgettable evening observing turtles nesting!

- Venture off the beaten track to beautiful, hidden beaches
- Look for turtle tracks in the sand that will lead you to their nesting sites
- Observe sea turtles making their nests on the beach above the high tide mark and laying their eggs, before returning to the ocean


  • Flash Light
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Playa Mina, Playa Conchal Costa Rica

We’ll pick you up from your location in Tamarindo before driving approximately 17 miles / 25km or 40 minutes through scenic tracks to a hidden beach, close to the beautiful Playa Minas. Once parked, the turtle nesting beach is only accessible via a 10-15 minute walk. As the beach is inaccessible by car it remains dark and undisturbed for nesting sea turtles. This is why they choose to nest on this beach.

On reaching the beach we’ll walk looking for turtle tracks, which will lead us to where the turtles are making their nests. We’ll then sit facing the back of the turtle. observe them deposit their eggs and return to the water; a truly unforgettable experience!

It is possible to see more than one kind of turtle; including the green, black, olive ridley and if we’re lucky the leatherbacks too.

We respect the turtles at all times by closely following rules laid out by the government conservation authorities so as not to be noticed by the turtles while observing them very closely.

We’ll spend approximately an hour on the beach before returning to drop you off at your location in Tamarindo.

Minimum 2 bookings are needed for the tour to operate.

Duration: 3 hours

Time of tour

05:00 PM

Meeting point

1: Pangas Beach Club, Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
2: Provincia de Guanacaste, Huacas, Costa Rica

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


  • Gratuity
  • Long sleeve top and trousers, must be dark clothing as not to distract the turtles
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Mosquito Repellent

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Molly W
March 2022

Luis showed up to pick us up at a meeting point in a dilapidated pick up filled with trash. He had a large open knife on the center console. I asked three times why he had it out there before he shoved it in the side compartment and snapped “see? No knife. Now are you getting in or not?” We drove...

lily k
January 2022

Luis was very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to find the turtles! He had many great stories and we loved to learn about Costa Rica’s wildlife firsthand

January 2022

Going on a nature tour is hit-or miss because people can't always predict what wildlife is going to do. Did we see turtles hatching and eggs being laid? Yes. Luis knew where to take us for that specific time of year. There are some things that I wish Luis had done better. He didn't provide bottl...

December 2021

We had a wonderful experience with Luis. He knew the best time and place to go, and was very informative in telling us facts about sea turtles. We appreciated the fact that our group was small compared to some of the other groups coming onto the beach as we were finishing up. Those groups were ve...

December 2021

We had a great time during our tour with Luis! After we went to the wrong pickup point he was very friendly and gave us a new location to meet at. We went to a beautiful beach during sunset but failed to find turtles so we moved to another location (El Nombre de Jesus) but Luis shared a lot of in...

November 2020

We really didn’t know what to expect with the turtle nesting tour, we read the great reviews and thought might as well give it a try. But it was an incredible experience. We saw so many turtles come up onto the beach and slowly dig holes in the sand, laying dozens of eggs. The guide, who also he...

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