Costa Rica Sea Turtle Season

Sea turtles are migratory animals that can travel thousands of miles between the areas where they feed and the beaches in which they nest. Therefore, at the nesting beaches we only see turtles during the nesting season.

Fortunately, at Turtle Love’s project area on the Caribbean coast there are two nesting seasons and we see turtles most of the year. Leatherback turtles start nesting in February and the season lasts until June. The peak of the nesting season, and the best time to see adult leatherbacks nesting is late March to early June. Also, because the nests will take about 2 months to hatch, the best time to see leatherback hatchlings is from May through August.

Green turtles start nesting in June and their season lasts until November. The peak of the nesting season, and the best time to see adult green turtles nesting is late June to early November. Also, the best time to see green turtle hatchlings is from September through December. Hawksbill and loggerhead turtles also nest at Turtle Love’s project area, but their nesting season is less marked and nesting events will occur throughout the year.