Thinking of Costa Rica for your next holiday? Just ask David Attenborough...
Watching our national treasure, David Attenborough narrating Blue Planet II brought on the goosebumps as I watched the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle make its way onto the beach in Costa Rica to lay its eggs. These turtles travel up to 1000 miles to lay eggs on the same beach where they hatched years before. It’s quite a sight to behold as up to 100,000 turtles make this journey! If you missed the spectacle, you can catch up here on BBC Iplayer Blue Planet II: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09hs07h/blue-planet-ii-series-1-6-coasts
Sea Turtles lay their eggs on both the Caribbean and Pacific beaches of Costa Rica. As long as you are flexible with the location, you can see hatchlings making their way back to the ocean all year round. Many species spend their lives far out in the ocean and only make this journey to lay eggs. They can stay submerged for up to 3 hours before taking a gulp of air at the surface, so they’re almost more fish than reptile.
Another interesting fact is that the sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest during the 2 week period in the middle of the incubation period. If the nest remains below 27 °C then all the hatchlings will be male. If the temperature remains above 30 °C then they’ll all be female. If the temperature hovers between the 2, then they’ll be a mix of male and female.
Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America. Packed full of pristine beaches, incredible wildlife and one of the few places in the world where you can watch the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea and enjoy sundowners on the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is now served by direct flights from the UK making it even easier to enjoy this fabulous country.
Our expert partners on the ground have been putting together tailormade itineraries in Costa Rica for over 20 years. To make the most of your visit to Costa Rica we recommend a tour to experience the diversity of this country. You can expect to see rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, wonderful beaches and of course the wildlife in what is considered to be the birthplace of eco-tourism. All the natural resources are protected by a consolidated National System of Protected Areas, which include biological reserves, national parks, forest reserves and wildlife refuges.
If you're looking for something a little extra than just a beach resort holiday in the Caribbean or Mexico or even Florida, then why not venture a little further and visit this real gem in Central America. You can still enjoy the fantastic beaches and relaxation, plus the added bonus of amazing wildlife and as much adventure as you can handle, you won’t be disappointed.
So if your looking for some furtherinspiration and ideas of what to do and see then start by looking at our Classic Costa Rica trip: https://www.askthetraveller.com/costa-rica-classic
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