Sea Turtle Protection Projects


Costa Rica has many beaches all along its coastline stretches of lush turtle nesting. Due to severe human interference and natural predation from animals such as the turtle egg poaching, industrial fishing and selling turtle shell products, all turtle species, to some degree, are in danger of becoming extinct. There are some Sea Turtle Conservation Projects helping to preserve amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica by protecting the nests of magnificent endangered sea turtles and releasing turtle hatchlings into the wild.

Northwest Region:

ASVO Buenavista Beach:

ASVO (Association of Volunteers for service in protected areas) is a non-profit, self-managed and a non-governmental organization (NGO). It is also an intensive nesting beach and ASVO can observe over 300 nesting activities each season, from 3 out of the 4 species of sea turtle that frequent the area. ASVO has a Marine Turtle Conservation program especially works to preserve the nests on the beach and to generate scientific information to describe the dynamics of nesting.

Ph.: (506) 2289-8989

Southern Pacific Region:

The Corcovado Foundation:

It is a non-profit volunteering and conservation organization in Costa Rica. Its conservation programs are based in the southern pacific region of the country, known as the Osa Peninsula. This area is popular for amazing biodiversity and pristine wilderness. For 11 years it is offering sea turtle conservation and volunteering program. Locals and volunteers can join the program and take part in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in the amazing Osa Peninsula.

Fundación Corcovado
25 Metres West of the Rio Tortuga Crossing
El Progreso de Drake
Tel: +506 8489 3754

Osa Conservation:

Osa Conservation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to protect the incredible biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. In the southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula, two species of nesting turtles-Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) are usually found. Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are also occasionally found.  Osa Conservation offers turtle conservation program to monitor the nesting activity predation rates, and hatchling success of these incredible species. Staff of the conservation is working in communities to support outreach and protection of sea turtles for over six years.


Southern Nicoya Peninsula:


Located near Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula, Romelia is an unusual volunteer program. Its mission is to garner support for long haul, environmentally sustainable strategies intended at the restoration and preservation of the region’s wildlife and land resources. This turtle protection conservation has the objectives to establish funding for consistent turtle research and scrutiny programs, chalking out effective systems for cleaning of non bio degradable refuse. It also promotes re-habitation of the indigenous eco system by re-growing vegetation, encouraging the international student/professional community for on-site research.

More info:
Tel: (506) 8814 9646

ASVO Montezuma:

This area is perfect to undertake sea turtle research as on this beach various species of sea turtle nest found such as the leatherback, olive ridley and the black turtle.  In the optimum development of the conservation project, the community is very involved and it also work for developing conservation project, community awareness, by environmental education programs in the school and neighboring villages.

Ph.: (506) 2289-8989

Central Pacific Region:

ASVO Matapalo Beach:

In the pacific area, ASVO is the oldest community based turtle conservation project. It has been protecting the turtle nests each year since 1991. It protects and conserve the nests and carry on a program of investigation that ultimately help to make proper planning of tourist activities and to do the conservation and protection of the endangered species.

Ph.: (506) 2289-8989

Caribbean Region:

La Tortuga Feliz:

La Tortuga Feliz, a non profit organisation, based in Costa Rica. It has the mission to protect the sea turtles with the help of volunteers. Located on an isolated Caribbean beach in Costa Rica, 1 km north of the mouth of the Pacuare River, the project covers 10 km of coastline and has a total surface of 800 hectares. This conservation and protection focus on the endangered leatherback and green turtles that come for nesting in large numbers in this area.

LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles):

It is a Costa Rican group working for making a change in sea turtle conservation. It works with local assistants with unparalleled experience in sea turtle research and conservation.
    Cahuita nesting beach project:
    The 12 km long coastline of the Cahuita National Park is an important nesting area for the critically endangered Hawksbill and Leatherback turtle and the endangered Green turtle.In Costa Rica, this place is the main nesting spot for the Hawksbill turtles. Though the beach is a part of a National Park, due to illegal hunting, poaching by villagers, tree logging and the destruction of coral reefs through sedimentation, and rising sea levels, sea turtles and their nests are threatened. During the nesting season, LAST monitors and collects data and relocates nests at high risk into safer areas. It has the goal to formulate strategies which help to identify the condition of sea turtle populations in the Caribbean of Costa Rica and also help to make more effective sea turtle conservation management in the long term.

    Pacuare Program:
    This project is on a remote Caribbean beach in Costa Rica, 2km north of the Pacuare river mouth. This location is also famous as a nesting site for many Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. In the conservation techniques former poachers and previously trained volunteers carry out the important work and are also responsible for guarding the nests at the hatchery and releasing baby turtles.

Phone: 00506-2236-0947

Parismina Turtle:

Asociacion Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina was initiated a handful of local residents, along with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in April of 2001. It is a non-profit, community-based, conservation organization. It is dedicated to protect sea turtles and their eggs from poaching. It also provides a viable alternative economy to poaching in the small Caribbean community of Parismina. Volunteers are essential to the success of the project. The turtle project relies on the presence of volunteers to save the sea turtles of Parismina.

Phone: (506) 2798-2220

Sea Turtle Conservancy:

Since 1959, Sea Turtle Conservancy has worked for the conservation of endangered sea turtles. Tortuguero is the place that hosts largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere and it is also a important nesting populations of hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Researchers and volunteers of Sea Turtle Conservancy monitor nesting trends, growth rates and reproductive success begun by Dr. Archie Carr in the 1950s.



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