Famed for a rich wildlife and unrivaled scenery, Costa Rica unsurprisingly attracts visitors from all over the globe. Yet unlike other tourist hot spots around the world, Costa Rica has worked hard to become recognized as one of the pioneers in eco-tourism.
The concept of eco-tourism educates the traveler, provides funds for ecological conservation and ensures future generations can enjoy the same experiences, relatively untouched by human intervention…and you’ll hear no complaints from these sea turtles.
Located on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Montezuma beach is a conservation area for sea turtles, who come to nest in the rich flora and fauna.
The beaches in this area attract three main types of sea turtle species, including the Olive Ridley, leather back and the black turtle. The residents in the area are really enthusiastic about protecting their environment and the schools deliver education programs as part of the curriculum.
So what’s in it for the tourist?
Depending on when you are visiting Costa Rica, you may be able to witness the hatchlings making their way down to the sea. Guides will instruct you not to interfere with the babies but the experience is spectacular, a real once in a lifetime situation.
Of course you can spot turtles all year round, but the best time is between June to December. During those months, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in the Nicoya Peninsula is famous for its arribadas…which basically means that Olive Ridley turtles may arrive at the beaches in great numbers, often into the hundreds!
Is Tambor Tropical involved with turtle conservation?
Here at Tambor Tropical, we love everything about Costa Rica and we want to be part of the eco-tourism story! So, just like the turtle, we have stuck our neck out and applied to be a part of the sea turtle rescue and conservation program here at Tambor!
If we slow down and think about our impact on the environment, we can press pause on the beauty of Costa Rica and enjoy it for many more moons to come.