Chance of seeing nesting sea turtles at Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 15, 2012 8:03 AM Last Post By: chschen
Dec 12, 2012 7:12 AM
Chance of seeing nesting sea turtles at Refugio de Vida Silvestre La FlorWe are deciding whether to go to Granada or San Juan Del Sur (we are currently in Isla de Ometepe, and we also spent a few days in Leon). The main reason we would want to go to SJDS is to see the nesting sea turtles at Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor, but we hear peak nesting season has already passed, so we were wondering what the chances of seeing the sea turtles would be. Do they come every night or could we be there for a few days and not have the chance to see them? If we go through a tour and there are no sea turtles, do we get our money back? Does anyone have experience with or information on this? Thanks in advance for your help!
On a side note, does anyone know of budget accommodations ($20 or less for two people) in Playa El Coco?
Dec 12, 2012 1:21 PM
1I cannot speak for the southern Pacific but I know that in Jiquilillo, located in the Northwestern Pacific Coast, turtle season is coming to a close. There are no adult turtles coming to nest, however the last nests from late Oct are now hatching. If you want to come north and see the last of the turtle hatchings this will be your last week! I imagine it is the same for the southern coast
Dec 12, 2012 3:59 PM
2I just spoke to people who were at La Flor yesterday and they said there were about a 100 there. Ofcourse you're not getting a refund if you don't see any turtles! It's unpredictable when they will arrive. The moon cycle has something to do with it, but still nobody knows for sure which day there will be a lot of them if any. It's not a zoo...
Dec 12, 2012 4:06 PM
3Oh, I only thought there might be a refund because I spoke to someone who saw sea turtles in Costa Rica, and he said that they wait in this waiting area for the ranger to spot a turtle. If a turtle never comes, then they get their money back. I understand that it's not a zoo. Thanks for the information!
Dec 13, 2012 6:11 AM
4I went on the tour out of Casa Oro in SJDS two years ago. Not sure this is the one you are talking about but the night I went there were only a few turtles, the night before there were several hundred. It is hit or miss but is related to moon phase I think.
The ride there from SJDS was quite an adventure in the back of a cramped suv type vehicle. We did get to see a turtle dig a nest and lay eggs, pretty cool. Well worth the trip.
I must say there was a post after I went saying the tour was robbed on the remote road. Don't know the current status but I am sure this would be a very remote possibility. I only mention it because it is a possibility. I would leave all valuables in your room, although I would still take the tour and take a chance on taking my camera. Great photo op.
Can't imagine a money back guarantee on this type of tour. They have expenses and no control over the results, although you can find out beforehand how many turtles they they saw the night before and judge for yourself.
Dec 15, 2012 5:33 AM
Dec 15, 2012 8:03 AM
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