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Ostional - turtle spotting | Established Campground

Costa Rica
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Last Visited: 2 months ago
GPS: 9.996842, -85.703594
Altitude: 15.8 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: Cold
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Unknown

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Campground at the beach front.
Gilbert, the owner, is very passionate about turtles, been the president of the conservation program for years. Once he starts talking, make sure you have a beer around 'cause it'll take a while :)

This beach is one of the - if not THE - best turtle spotting beaches in the world. Every might they can be spotted, ranging from a just a couple to thousands of them.

He knows when and where to go spot them. Normally you have to take a guide, but you can just walk out of the camp ground onto the beach and start looking for them. Walk along the water line and look for belly dragging marks. You're not allowed to use white light, only red light.

The amount of turtles you'll see is highly depending on the moon so if you have time, I'd contact Gilbert (NV below) and ask when is the best moment.
Two options: go North (to the right) and walk about 300m, or go South. South there are more, but there's also a river with crocodiles, so not recommended to do on your own.

The camp ground itself is basic: no designated spots with light or electricity but lots of shade and a sheltered area with light and running water.
Price is 6USD pp, non negotiable.
The entrance is a big white and brown metal gate, with a yellow arch. All rigs can fit in.

Owner is very friendly. You can contact him on +506 6123 9003 or via Facebook: Gilbert Rojas Araya
UPDATE 10/JAN/17: Now 10$ pp to camp. No negotiating .

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We had an excellent time at this camping place and took the overnight tour with Gilbert the owner, who transmitted us his passion for turtles. Even if it wasn’t the season to spot turtles on the beach we had the chance to observe one at night.
The camping facilities could have been a bit cleaner but the hospitality and kindness of Gilbert made us forget that, we camped under the coconut trees in front of the beach.

We had a mixed experience with this place. If it was just for the camping we wouldn't recommend it. We tent camped for one night in a sandy/dusty area behind the house, untidy with broken glass lying around and no lights. The kitchen area is poorly lit. Has a big sink for laundry etc. The bathroom is basic but OK. No Wifi. And still 10 $ pP, which is overpriced. We camped on the Peninsula for half of that price and had way better facilities.
But we took the turtle tour with Gilbert at 8:30 PM (10 $ pP) and it was great!

Lugar muy tranquilo, con buenas sombras tanto en el área de camping, como en la playa.
La playa es extensa y de una pristina belleza, lo cual transmite mucha paz.
Ana mi esposa disfruta,de las caminatas por ella, yo de la paz del mar y la visión de lejanía que aprecio frente a mi.
Escuchar la música de las olas es todo un deleite.
hay ducha y servicio sanitario.
Gilbert y su esposa son muy amigables y atentos.
a pesar de ser unas instalaciones básicas, sin tomas de corriente y otras facilidades para un RV, lo recomiendo.

We had heard and read a lot of good reviews, but when we came there two busses with tourists also visited this place for turtle spotting. We had not a nice camping place and it was too crowdy. Dirty showers and toilets.
The owner is very friendly and the baby turtles are really nice to see.

Best spot for a turtle watching tour! Gilbert (owner) was very friendly, we first had our doubts for the 10$ night/person price but after all, his tour (10$) is worth doing so! we checked prices at other places but couldn't find any cheaper. No regrets staying here. Free coconuts from the ground, don't park to close though.

Best camping place in Guanacaste.
In front of the beach, all calm and the only sound is the waves at the ocean.
We stayed 2 kids and 2 adults one night and we should have stay longer.
The place is AWESOME. Gilbert and his wife Maria are SO NICE people. They help you with everything you need, they are there to talk to you, give you all the advices, show you their "paradise". Is a GREAT place for people looking for relax out of the main party places since this is a place to feel the nature and the real Costa Rica. We are going back as soon as we can.
Gilbert is a tour guide and can give you more info about wich dates are better for watching the adult turtles or the new little born ones.
Please DONT miss this place. The waves, the nature and this 2 persons are awesome.
Paid $10 per adult per night and $5 per kid per night.

Fantastic spot with for a big outfit. Cold showers, potable water, electricity, and toilets. Gilbert is very passionate about the town as well as turtle conservation. With our stay there we were lucky to be in the hatching times of the turtles. We got to experience them being released into the ocean. You are right on the beach with beautiful views from sunup to sundown. This is a pay campsite. A must stop while exploring the peninsula.

Now charges US$10 per person! No negotiating possible Another 10 pp. to go turtle spotting at night. Did stay but did not do the tour at night. You can go in the morning for free with him to watch the babys hatch. He says main season to watch the leatherback lay her eggs is September/October, where you'll see the whole beach full of these massive turtles, probably then it's worthed to go.

Gilbert the owner is a sweetheart and as others have written, very knowledgeable about the turtles that are prolific on this beach. The $10 for an hour of turtle watching at 3am was totally worth it — we got to see a giant turtle laying her eggs and heading back to sea. He did not charge for watching the two batches of baby turtles he released during the day. Clean showers and toilets, electricity hookup if you use your own extension cord as we did. Comfortable seating area with tables, sink, and beach view.

The ONLY place to camp I Ostional,as it is a natural reserve (refuge). We camped in Gilbert's front yard for $6/ person . He wanted $8/ night to run electric, and $1/person to connect to WiFi per night. Very expensive for what you get, but no other choices here. On the beach, but you are behind his house,unless you are small enough to get under the tree. He charges $10/ person for 1/2 hour of turtle spotting. We skipped it as we have volunteered and seen many turtles nesting in San Pancho Mexico.

Campground at the beach front.
Gilbert, the owner, is very passionate about turtles, been the president of the conservation program for years. Once he starts talking, make sure you have a beer around 'cause it'll take a while :)

This beach is one of the - if not THE - best turtle spotting beaches in the world. Every might they can be spotted, ranging from a just a couple to thousands of them.

He knows when and where to go spot them. Normally you have to take a guide, but you can just walk out of the camp ground onto the beach and start looking for them. Walk along the water line and look for belly dragging marks. You're not allowed to use white light, only red light.

The amount of turtles you'll see is highly depending on the moon so if you have time, I'd contact Gilbert (NV below) and ask when is the best moment.
Two options: go North (to the right) and walk about 300m, or go South. South there are more, but there's also a river with crocodiles, so not recommended to do on your own.

The camp ground itself is basic: no designated spots with light or electricity but lots of shade and a sheltered area with light and running water.
Price is 6USD pp, non negotiable.
The entrance is a big white and brown metal gate, with a yellow arch. All rigs can fit in.

Owner is very friendly. You can contact him on +506 6123 9003 or via Facebook: Gilbert Rojas Araya