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Discover the best places to see nesting Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is honouring the 14th annual World Turtle Day by providing useful information about the best places to see nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica. The country has several protected turtle nesting areas throughout the country and five of the world's existing species of turtles can be found nesting on its shores at specific times of the year.

Discover the best places to see nesting Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

The 14th World Turtle Day was honoured all around the globe on Friday 23rd May, 2014 and one resort in Costa Rica, honoured the annual event by providing useful information about the country's best sea turtle nesting sites.

The Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a coastal resort surrounded by 33 acres of jungle rainforest and Dave Houck, a spokesperson for the resort, has been offering advice on the best times and places to see the beautiful marine creatures.

Five of the world's seven existing species of sea turtles come to the shores of the Central American country every year to build their nests in the sand. Dave Houck explained:

"With locations on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, few places in the world have as many sea turtle nesting sites as Costa Rica. We are even beginning to see a small number of the Olive Ridley turtles return to nest on our beaches in Manuel Antonio which is very exciting."

The most popular places and times to catch sightings of nesting sea turtles in the Costa Rica include:

  • Olive Ridleys - Santa Rosa National Park and Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste between July to December and sometimes between January and June.
  • Leatherbacks - Las Baulas National Marine Park near Tamarindo (early October to mid-February) and Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast from February to June.
  • Green turtles and Loggerheads - Tortuguero National Park between July to mid-October.
  • Hawksbills - Tortuguero National Park and Cahuita on the Caribbean side between April and October.

Dave Houck also commented:

"The size, the strength, and the beauty of the sea turtle is amazing. Visitors who are lucky enough to see one of these incredible sea creatures come ashore to nest will never forget it. It humbles you and reminds us how unbelievable Mother Nature is."

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in the world for eco-friendly holidays and the country has made efforts to protect the endangered sea turtles by declaring protected turtle nesting areas throughout the country.

Costa Rica boasts some of the world's most breathtaking natural landscapes made up of lush rainforests, volcanoes, majestic mountains, pristine beaches, and cascading waterfalls.

The nation has gained a reputation as destination for green holidays and fun eco adventures and tourists can enjoy an array of adrenalin-pumping activities such as adventurous activities such as trekking, surfing, scuba diving, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.

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