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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
+506 2682 1229
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Black Sand Beach Covered With Uncountable Egg Shell Fragments

The walk from Ostional town to the beach is short and worthwhile if you stop and eat at the... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
New York, NY
Amazing Experience

Playa Ostional is known for its "Arribadas", thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs on the... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
San Jose, Costa Rica
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This refuge protects the nesting grounds of the Pacific Olive Ridley sea turtle.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good16%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Thank Timothius
Reviewed 4 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

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

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

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

1  Thank medmurf
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My sister and I went to volunteer here from 29 Mar to 8 Apr, 2016. We stayed in the accommodations on the refuge. Food was also provided via the refuge, by one of the locals. ACCOMMODATIONS: We stayed in a room that held 6 people,...More

2  Thank mills6025
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

I went to ostional to work on what I thought was a turtle conservation project. Firstly my host family where amazing and the place it's self is so remote and beautiful , words cannot describe . My fist week involved long morning walks with others...More

3  Thank brian k
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Ok, I love sea turtles. When I heard that I could see a lot of sea turtles here, I had to go I booked a tour with my hotel in Nosara, Blue Spirit. It was $60 for ride and entrance to this place. I did...More

2  Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed 13 March 2016

We were staying in Nosara for the week and heard that there was a small arrival of turtles expected over the next three nights in Ostional. Rather than book a "tour," we just drove to the Refuge in Ostional the next evening. It's such a...More

3  Thank Scott B
Reviewed 5 March 2016

The road to Ostional is indeed bumpy and dusty, but the scenery is beautiful and there are lots of small towns, hidden beaches, and wildlife to make it extra interesting. In Ostional, we were met by our guide, Jamileta, a local who spoke excellent English.....More

Thank coordinatedevent
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