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Hermosa Palms Vacation Rentals - Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coast are known for six of the world’s eight species of green sea turtles. There are four main species of sea turtles in Costa Rica, the leatherback, the hawksbill, the loggerhead, and the green sea turtle. Each of these species are endangered and are highly protected.

Sea turtles in Costa Rica have become a very important part of the allure of this tropical paradise. Previously, up to 90% of the eggs laid were being poached by locals or eaten by natural predators, driving the population of turtles to lower levels every year. Wherever Costa Rica turtles are found, there are guidelines set up to protect them, a job that Costa Ricans, or Ticos, have taken very seriously.


The poaching rate have been known to be over 95% but with the presence of organized night patrols and hatcheries on the beach, the survival rate have increased because of the Turtle Conservation Projects.

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Playa Hermosa is the beach of choice for the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come ashore to nest every year. The National Wild Life Refuge of Playa Hermosa, whose main purpose is to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles.

The egg laying season is July to December. During September and October you may watch thousands of turtle eggs hatch from their nests and head to the ocean.

View Leatherback Turtles as they hatch their eggs in the Wild.

Leatherback turtles have existed for over 100 million years. They are huge weighing up to a ton and as long as a small car. They can dive to amazing depths and swim across vast expanses of ocean.

The awesome Leatherback, the world's largest marine turtle, comes to shore to lay it's eggs. The female drags it's almost 1000 pounds slowly from the ocean to a safe place in the sand. The Leatherback, begins to digs a deep whole with it's rear flippers and deposits many eggs. After this long and tiring procedure, this awesome creature returns to the sea. This process can take many hours.

During the turtle-nesting season there can be up to 1 million turtles nesting on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. These different species of sea turtle lay their eggs and return to the sea. After a period of incubation, the babies that have hatched return to the sea by swarm. This is the most dangerous part of their life's journey due to predation. Sadly, once they reach the sea, few turtles survive into adulthood. About one in every 5,000 eggs laid will become a fully-grown turtle. Most die at sea. The ones that do survive will instinctively return many years later to the same beach where they were born in order to lay their own eggs.

Some of the most popular beaches for seeing these sea turtles in Costa Rica include Playa Grande, Playa Hermosa, and Tortuguero Beach. All of these locations offer guided tours to see turtles in Costa Rica.

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Hermosa Palms is the last remaining paradise close to Jaco. Hermosa Palms is located 3 miles from the main Highway and has residential development with over 200 homes in located in Hermosa Beach. The word "Hermosa" in Spanish meaning beautiful, is the ideal adjective to describe the Hermosa Palms Development.

Hermosa Palms is a charming Oceanside community on a pristine beach lined with swaying palm trees. An ideal community for the beach lover with great infrastructure including: 24 hour security, underground electricity, paved roads, included membership to Beach Club with swimming pool and a true neighborhood feeling.

Book your Hemosa beach house rentals ahead of time. You´ll have over a week to enjoy the sun, the sand and the great warm waves of Costa Rica, one of the top 10 surf destinations worldwide.

For other Hermosa Beach vacation homes and information on Fishing Tours, kayaking, horseback riding, Canopy Tours and scooter rentals.



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