We had a short vacation in Costa Rica & ended up only spending one night at Ostional Turtle Lodge around the 3rd week of May 2014. Of course, our main reason to stay there was to see the turtles, but we didn't see any turtle during our stay because we didn't stay up late enough or get up early enough to catch them (we were hoping for the arribada that night, which didn't happen, although we could see a few fresh turtle tracks the following morning).
Despite not seeing turtles, we had a nice, relaxing stay. The drive there wasn't pleasant, though: it just felt like we were driving on a rocky road for a couple hours (we came from the Liberia airport to get there). However, our GPS found the place just fine, & Luis - the host - gave us helpful info about the area. The food there was probably the cheapest compared to the other area we visited in Costa Rica. We got up around sunrise the next morning to walk along the beach, and we had a nice time. We loved the smooth & beautiful black sand, the hermit crabs, & the colorful pebbles/rocks that we saw along the beach that morning.
It didn't seem like there was much to do in the area, though, so for those of you who need to be able to find places to shop in or to party in, or to be around other people in order to have a good time, this is not the place for you. We are an active, young couple who normally prefer a more active vacation (i.e. walking/hiking all over the place). However, we still enjoyed ourselves at Ostional Turtle Lodge despite the lack of hiking trail options because we appreciate nature/outdoor/wildlife, friendly locals, & photo-taking opportunities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore the authentic Costa Rica countryside. Set on the mangrove, Ostional Turtle Lodge is a hideaway for those who appreciate nature and the beauty of a very uncommon place. Ostional Turtle Lodge is an eco friendly small lodge in the heart of Ostional. The beach main attractions include the mass nesting of the Olive Ridley sea turtle, and in smaller amounts the Leatherback and Green turtles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ostional Turtle Lodge Costa Rica