Leatherback sea turtles nest on the central Caribbean coast of Costa Rica from the beginning of March through June, and green turtles nest from July through October...

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Leatherback sea turtles nest on the central Caribbean coast of Costa Rica from the beginning of March through June, and green turtles nest from July through October. Baby turtles hatch and enter the ocean from May through December.


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Parismina: To volunteer for turtle patrols and/or arrange for a homestay in Parismina, Costa Rica, see the Web site, www.costaricaturtles.com, or e-mail Debbie Sherman (debbie@costaricaturtles.com), an American liaison with the Parismina turtle program. You can arrange for a homestay ($30 U.S. per night for two, including all meals, and nightly turtle patrols). The Web site also includes information on affordable lodges and cabins, $4-$18 U.S. per night.

Additional information on Parismina is at www.parismina.com.

EcoTeach tours: For a group of 20 paying participants, an EcoTeach tour (including turtle patrols) costs $2,195 U.S. each, including airfare, lodging, meals and visits to other educational sites around Costa Rica (10 nights total). To help pay for your trip, EcoTeach offers fund-raising programs, including sales of shade-grown Costa Rican coffee. Some individual sign-ups available if singles join another group. 800-626-8992 or www.ecoteach.com.

ANAI: This Costa Rican nonprofit conservation group offers low-cost volunteer opportunities in turtle conservation elsewhere in Costa Rica: www.anaicr.org/turtle/en/sea_turtle_conservation.html


Staying healthy


Consult a health professional before you go. The University of Washington’s Travel and Tropical Medicine Service is a good source of up-to-date advice, immunizations and prescriptions. 206-598-4888.

More information


For information on Costa Rica: 866-COSTA-RICA or www.visitcostarica.com