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There is a good reason why people from around the world are interested in sea turtle volunteering in Costa Rica. The popular Central American nation is home to a number of sea turtle nesting beaches. Along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, visitors can join sea turtle volunteering programs helping to save four different species of sea turtle – Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, and Green sea turtles.
SEEtheWILD is privileged to work with incredible tour operators and organizations who put the safety and well-being of sea turtles first. They are advocates for the protection of all species of sea turtles and follow important tourism guidelines on their trips.
Leatherback nesting season runs from October – March in the Pacific and from February – July in the Caribbean. Hatching season occurs December – May in the Pacific and April – September in the Caribbean.
Hawksbill nesting season runs from May to March in the Pacific and from May to August in the Caribbean. Hatching season occurs year round between the two places.
Olive Ridley nesting season runs year round in the Pacific, peaking in July to December. Hatching season also occurs year round, but peaks from September to February.
Green turtle nesting season runs year round in the Pacific with peaks from October to March. In the Caribbean, nesting season runs from June to November. Peak hatching season occurs December to April in the Pacific and August to December in the Caribbean.
The tourism industry is both helpful and harmful to Costa Rica’s ecosystems and turtle populations. Purchasing souvenirs like a turtle shell, or often called “tortoiseshell” jewelry and other pieces, is particularly harmful, as this comes from the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle.