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Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

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Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

Hi everyone,

After reading through all the TA forum posts and reviews of individual lodges in Tortuguero (thanks to everyone who shared info!), it seems that Turtle Beach Lodge may be the best place to stay if my hope is to see baby turtles hatching on the beach. Can anybody confirm whether this is correct, or if there is any lodge in Tortuguero that would increase my chances of seeing hatchlings in Oct? Does anyone recommend going thru the Nat'l Park guide network for a hatchling "tour", or should I stick to looking for them on my own on the beach in front of the lodge? Many thanks for your guidance!

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1. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

If you stay in or near Tortuguero Village, I don't think it matters which lodge you stay at. I saw baby turtles heading for the water as I took my early morning stroll down the beach.

If you go on the beach at night, you have to go with a guide and you can arrange this either at your lodging or through this website:

www.tortuguerovillage.com

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2. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

Yes the lodge in this case is really not a fact ...a lot of nice places...maybe Ostional beach in Guanacaste can be another great beach to see baby turtles...you can stay in Nosara or even Samara beach...

In Tortuguero and based on your question...the only way is with a register guide...nobody is allowed to just walk on th beach and look for turtles...

But of course is a lot better to stay in a lodge at the beach side...in that way you will not need a boat every time you will like to walk at the beach or into Tortuguero...

No reason at all to pay expensive old lodges...places like...Mawamba Lodge...Laguna Lodge are perfect places and located at the right side of Tortuguero...the beach side!

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3. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

Any of the Lodges there would do the tour for you. The turttles are protected and no one is allowed to go without a guide. The best time however is July and August but you might spot a few in October

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4. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

I was there in October and there was no restriction on walking the beach in the daytime. At night, a totally different thing. Patrolled and very strict.

Keep in mind that the baby green turtles will hatch between 45 and 75 days after the eggs are laid so you could see some into November.

I went on one of the escorted nighttime turtle tours and we were fortunate enough to be able to find and watch (for a little while) a turtle laying eggs. The next morning, in addition to some hatchlings heading for the water, I saw the tracks of 25 adult turtles that had come ashore during the night. This was the first week of October.

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5. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

The tours to see the Turtes hatch are at night, not during day time.

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6. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

All tours at night are guided. Most baby turtles will hatch then.... but not all. So you could easily do both: Go on a guided walk or "search" at night and then the next morning, get up really early and see if you can see any tiny stragglers. When I did this, I saw a few.

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7. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

Wish me luck- I am on a turtle quest- I am headed to both coasts -Tortuguero and Samara in a few weeks and really hope to see baby turtles hatching and a mom laying eggs.

Staying at Mawamba in Tortuguero. I hope to go both nights out to the beach on tours and up early in am to see.

Staying at Hideaway Hotel in Samara. I hope to get to Ostinal or at least Camaronal for turtle tours.

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8. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

Be positive...you will see them...it is one of the best things you can see in your life...incredible sensitive little animals..

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9. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

We just returned from Tortuguero. The beach is closed (with watchmen at the entrances) from 5pm to 5am. We stayed at Laguna Lodge. Went to the beach at 4:45am and were allowed on the beach. Saw many tracks, nests & 1 baby heading for the sea. We also took the night tour and saw 1 female laying eggs & 1 female leaving the beach for the water in a 2 hour time span. however, if calculations are correct (60 days), the eggs layed in July should be hatching now. For abundance, Ostinal is the best but it is usually Olive-Ridley turtles and not the Green Sea Turtles---It is still wonderful to see!

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10. Re: Best lodge to see baby turtles hatching on beach?

I just returned from Tortuguero last week and we stayed at Mawamba Lodge. It was a 5 minute walk to the beach. We went at 10pm and saw 6 different large green turtles in all different processes (coming up from the sand, burying the eggs, etc). A group that had gone at 8pm only saw 1 turtle so I'd definitely suggest the later tour.

Our guide, went to the beach at 4am and said he saw baby turtles! We went to the beach during the day (which you can freely do) and took pictures of all the turtle "tracks" and the holes (and fake holes) that they dug. An amazing experience!!!

Wendy, La Fortuna

Edited: 13 September 2011, 15:45
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