Playa Minas: Sea Turtle Watching Tour

Playa Minas: Sea Turtle Watching Tour

From US$ 60 per person

Visit the beautiful Playa Minas to see the nesting site of the black turtles, and if you are lucky, the leatherback turtles.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Driver will wait no longer then 5 minutes. Tourist van, driver and 1 or 2 trained bilingual guides in uniform will pick you up.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Marvel at the peaceful secluded beach under the stars
  • Witness the annual turtle nesting
  • See the region's black turtles and perhaps the rare leatherback turtles
Full description
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00 PM and driven to Playa Minas or a nearby beach that is home to nesting turtles. Playa Minas constitutes one of Costa Rica's most important nesting sites. Between October and March, large numbers of turtles migrate to this region. It remains one of the last untouched beaches in the world, giving it a remote paradise feel. There will be a 700-meter hike in the dark with infrared flashlights provided by your tour guide. Once arriving at the beach, the guide will educate the group on how to respectfully navigate the area. You will see the black turtles, and if you are lucky, the rare leatherback turtles. The leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world, weighing over 1,200 pounds and averaging almost 8 feet in length.
  • Bilingual tour guides
  • Pickup & drop-off transportation
  • Infrared flashlight
  • Food and gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes

Know before you go

  • * NO flashlight pictures
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

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It was so awesome!! We got lucky and watched an Olive Ridley turtle dig a hole and lay her eggs! The guides were pretty amazing and super knowledgeable! Alex took us right to her and let us watch to the end when she found her way back to the ocean! Amazing! I loved this tour!

November 22, 2022

Great experience seeing the turtles (2 big ones and many small ones). Guides tried hard to find turtles. Unfortunately, the maximum number of 10 people was not observed. Therefore, there were far too many people on the beach.

March 15, 2022

The experience is amazing! What a wonderful thing... Unfortunately, the guide was absolutely demotivated, left us standing for more than 30 minutes at first and went to look himself with the infrared flashlight. Then he just showed us an animal that had laid and went back into the water. Luckily there was another group there. Their guide showed us raccoons, baby turtles, crabs, etc. and explained everything in detail.

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March 12, 2022

Product ID: 391820