Reserva Playa Tortuga (RPT) is located a short 10 minutes away from Las Villas de San Buenas. Reserva Playa
Tortuga is one of the few turtle sanctuaries in the world and we’re lucky to have one located as close as RPT is to Las Villas de San Buenas. RPT has a education center with many specimens of local wildlife, tips on conservation and volunteers whom one can ask question to (most volunteers are university students working on their degree and are happy to answer any questions you may have).
Reserva Playa Tortuga is involved in many initiatives in the Osa region of Costa Rica including (from their website):
- To develop positive communication with populations and communities associated with study areas focusing on protection of coastal marine resources and the development of responsible ecological tourism.
- To establish strategic alliances with governmental and non-governmental entities working towards conservation and management of natural resources at local, national and international levels.
- To educate and enable local population, via programs and opportunities, to live in environmentally sustainable ways.
- To identify populations of coastal animals in danger of local, regional, or global extinction.
- To maintain and rehabilitate the land in order to create/re-create an intact coastal zone that protects the
Osa’s incredible wealth of biodiversity while supporting and facilitating sustainable development and living for the immediate coastal populations from Cortés to Dominical.
- To provide opportunities to the scientists and researchers from Costa Rica to work with senior researchers and faculty members of US and other international universities and research facilities in order to further develop their research skills in the scientific fields related to Conservation Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems.
- To facilitate scientists and researchers to use the equipment and facility of Playa Tortuga Marine Conservation and Research Center for their own research activities involving biological investigation of tropical marine environments in regions where such research has not been carried out in recent times.
If you are interested in volunteering, or making a contribution to this great organization, please contact us so we can help.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Reserva Playa Tortuga
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Q. What kind of Sea Turtles visit Tortuga Beach?
Tortuga beach is an Olive Ridley Sea Turtles nesting beach, and there are reports of green turtle and leatherback nesting.
Q. Can I see the baby turtles and when?
The best time to see baby turtles is after September when we have our first hatchlings. The best time to visit and see the eggs is August until October.
Q. Is there anyway you can see them lay eggs?
You can join the turtle patrol team every night from august 1st to November 30th and see the turtles nesting.
Can you volunteer to walk the beach and help out?
If you are resident of Costa Ballena you can call directly to our office and coordinate with us , if you want to participate in our volunteer program you must check the information in our web page.
Are kids allow..ages??
Kids are allowed to join us as long as they are with an adult who is responsible for them. There is a minimum age of 10 years-old to join the patrol.
How many turtles visit Tortuga beach?
The number change per season but an average of 40 nesting females of olive ridley came every year.
How many eggs do they lay ?
In Tortuga beach they lay 98 eggs per nest.
Q. How many baby turtles did you release per season ?
More than 4000 baby turtles are released every season