Sea Turtles in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s coasts, Guanacaste in particular, are home to dozens of important turtle nesting areas that are vital to the tropical country’s biodiversity and ecotourism. These coasts have become world-renowned for providing unrivaled, remarkable experiences with raw nature. Because sea turtles are an endangered species, protecting turtle eggs and nesting areas is a top priority all over the country; therefore, many national parks and reserves make it their duty to make laying eggs as safe as possible for the turtles.
Las Baulas National Park, in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, located only a short drive from Playa Tamarindo, hosts the highest density of leatherback sea turtles on the Pacific coast of the country. The reserve extends over three beaches: Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas, and Hacienda Pinilla’s own, Playa Langosta.
The park makes tremendous efforts to preserve this species, especially from poachers who steal eggs from turtle nests once they have been laid by the mother. Thankfully, due to the protection and hard work of national parks, this phenomenon is much rarer than it was in the past and turtles are much more protected.
Sea Turtles Nest on the Beaches of Hacienda Pinilla
Aside from the unfortunate troubles that the endangered animals have to endure, there is nothing more beautiful than experiencing a nesting or helping baby sea turtles take their first steps into the warm Pacific water. Nesting and hatchlings of leatherback sea turtles usually take place from September to May in Costa Rica. Mother turtles walk onto the shore, dig a hole, and lay their eggs in the pitch black night. Often, national parks organize sightings that visitors and locals can attend in which, after the eggs are laid, they take the eggs and move them to a safe part of the reserve to assure they don’t get poached or eaten by other animals.
Once the tiny eggs hatch, parks usually offer visitors and locals the opportunity of helping release them into the water. The reason for this is that a very low percentage of baby turtles actually make it to the water on their own in the wild. Anyone who has ever held a baby turtle in their hands and helped them into their new home can attest to the fact that it is one of the best feelings nature can evoke. There is no better way to spend a morning than to on a stunning beach in Hacienda Pinilla in Guanacaste, Costa Rica helping out the natural wildlife!