Category Archives: Beaches

Ostional – The Turtle Beach


Ostional is one of the most remarkable places in Costa Rica because every few weeks during turtle season, thousands of Olive Ridleys invade the beaches, laying their eggs by the gazillions.

Ostional---The-Turtle-BeachMeanwhile, the babies are hatching in even greater numbers, and dozens of tourists and nature guides are running around trying to keep the hatchlings from being run over and squashed by the egg-laden mommies.

Not far from the beautiful surf and yoga town of Nosara, Ostional is one of those places you probably saw on TV at some point in your life. Millions of kids around the world are traumatized by nature videos of these baby turtles breaking free from their eggs, struggling without air to the surface through the sand, then running a gauntlet of ravenous predators such as vultures, hawks, foxes, raccoons, and beach crabs. If they survive these terrors, they try to enter the sea, where huge waves push them back and even more hungry fish and such await with hungry jaws. We are told that only 1 in 100 baby turtles survives to adulthood. So to actually SEE this and BE HERE at Ostional is an emotionally powerful event that everyone should experience once. Of course if everyone DOES try to experience this at Ostional, there will be millions of people on the beach crushing every living thing, but my point is that seeing the running of the sea turtles at Ostional is a great experience that I recommend to those who love nature.

Curu Beach and National Wildlife Refuge

Located in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, near to Santa Teresa, Montezuma, Tambor, and Paquera, Curu is one of the best parks to visit in Costa Rica. This small park is one of the best places to see animals, and it has reintroduction programs for both the Scarlet Macaw (a giant red and rainbow colored parrot) and the Spider Monkey, which is otherwise extinct in this part of Costa Rica.

Curu Beach and National Wildlife RefugeIn addition to have a very beautiful beach that looks out towards Tortuga Island, Curu also has an adventure tourism group that offers scuba diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, and guided nature tours.

Although it’s a national wildlife reserve, it’s also still a working sustainable ranch.

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Santa Teresa Beach

Santa Teresa is a relative newcomer in Costa Rica’s travel scene, but it has really taken off, with tons of great restaurants, accommodations of all price levels, and the most varied and beautiful beaches in Costa Rica.

Santa Teresa BeachThere are three main beach areas here: Santa Teresa, Malpais, and Playa Hermosa, and each has its charms, as well as amazing surf spots.

The climate here is probably the best of anywhere in Costa Rica as far as beaches go. It’s in a transition zone between the drier north and the wetter south, giving it the best of both world: not too much rain, lush forests and a plenty of wildlife.

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Playa Montezuma

Playa MontezumaPossibly the artiest, funkiest, hippiest town in Costa Rica, Montezuma> is also one of the country’s centers of yoga, organic/raw food, and healthy living.

This beautiful coastal town frequently wins awards as one of the most beautiful beaches in Central America, and is a favorite “secret spot” of adventure travelers for over thirty years.

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