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Standard Turtle Nesting

Visitors will have the opportunity to see a major nesting beach for the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle up close. Tours are at 8PM and 10 PM and are subject to weather. The Costa National Park Service distributes the time slots by lottery. We cannot guarantee departure times.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to imprint what you will experience in your memory because photography is not allowed on this tour.

You will actually stand a few feet from a 300 pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and, finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea. Escorted by the best Tortuguero Guides available, you will have the opportunity to see a major nesting beach for the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle up close. There are two, 2-hour tours per night. One leaves at about 8:00 p.m. and the other at 10:00 p.m. As soon as the nesting is over, groups must leave the beach to make way for the next group. Start times are by lottery run by the Park Service and cannot be guaranteed. Groups of up to 10 people gather at one of 5 dispatching points a short boat ride from the hotel, and wait their turn for a tracker who is on the beach with a radio to report a turtle. Then up to five groups (of up to 10 per group) are dispatched per turtle. If it is raining too hard the tour is cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

Who should go on the Standard Nesting Tour?

Even though the Standard Nesting Tour is a lot less physically demanding than the Boutique Expeditions, there are some people who should not participate. There are much shorter than on boutique experience, but you still need to be able to walk on a dark uneven trail and beach, and it can still be scary and tiring. This experience is not for children under 8 years old unless they are unusually brave and hardy.

Boutique or Standard? Which one is for me.

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Across from the airstrip 1 mile north of the Town of Tortuguero, Tortuguero, Costa Rica.
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no smoking

Smokers Be Aware!
Costa Rica has recently passed one of the strictest smoking regulations in the world; hotels are 100% SMOKE FREE.
If you are a guest at the hotel, and want to smoke, by law you are required to leave the property. This means that you have to be taken by boat across the river to the beach. Boats are available most of the time but not all the time, you may have to wait (10 minutes – 2 hours) for a boat to return to the lodge before you can be taken across.
Boats are NOT available to take you to a place where you can smoke at night. We realize that this is very inconvenient, but it’s the law. There is an $800 fine for breaking this law.

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