Ostional Wildlife Reserve
Size: 587 hectares.
Distance from San José: 371 kilometers.
Trails: Along the beach.
Dry season: January through March.
Ostional Wildlife Refuge contains the second most important nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica. The turtles are sometimes in large numbers, called “arribadas”, in the months of July though November (rainy season). Pacific Green and Leatherback sea turtles nest here.
Ostional is a site of an innovative but controversial program, in which people from the village of Ostional, who once plundered nests for commercial purposes now have the right to collect 200 eggs per family per season.
Ostional a place with an innovative but controversial program in which people from the village of Ostional, who once plundered nests for commercial purposes now entitled to 200 eggs per family per season.
The vegetation of this reserve is sparse, consisting of the white-flowered fragrant frangipani trees, cacti and other succulents, drought-resistant plants.
Most of the coastal is sandy beach, but Punta India at the northern end of the reserve is an interesting rocky headland with several large tidal pools.