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

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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

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

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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!

March 31, 2023

Belle nuit passée à observer les tortues et bébés tortues sur la plage. Seul bémol l'organisation, l'horaire de 18h n'est pas bonne c'est 17h le temps de faire la route. Le guide devrait fournir des lampes à chacun pour la partie avant la plage, et les reprendre sur la plage car c'est dangereux.

March 31, 2023

Super schöne Erfahrung mit tollem Guide!! Nur die Touristen-Deppen, die einfach 30 Minuten zu spät zur Abholung erscheinen und dann ultra langsam hinterherschlurfen, nerven natürlich.. aber dafür kann der Guide nichts ;) daher 5 Sterne! Wir durften 3 große Schildkröten dabei beobachten, wie sie den Weg zurück ins Meer nahmen.

March 31, 2023

Product ID: 391820