We stayed for two nights at the beginning of October 2013. The Turtle Lodge offers relatively simple yet adequate lodging on the edge of "downtown" Ostional. Our room had one double and one twin bed, both comfortable, plus a coffeemaker and small fridge along with a nice bathroom with spacious shower. The rooms also feature a reasonably-sized safe, which held our tablet and other valuables during our many excursions. We got one of the two rooms in the main bldg with a/c, figuring in part that during rainy season it would help to hasten our clothes' drying out. No tv, and no breakfast = no problem. With the fridge, we were able to store a few snacks, and the coffeemaker provided the necessary kickstart both mornings.
The main reason for our picking Ostional was to view the Arribada of hundreds of sea turtles returning to the town's beach to lay their eggs. Both mornings, we were up before 3:30 to head out to the beach and observe this amazing phenomenon. It was a short walk from the Lodge to the beach, where (with a flashlight equipped with a red filter so as not to disturb the turtles) we found a few solitary creatures coming ashore and dragging their bodies to the upper reaches of the sand. After observing one of the animals preparing her nest and dropping many eggs, we walked further up the beach to see dozens coming ashore and scores more that were already working on their nests or beginning the long path back to the shoreline. As the sky began to lighten, it became evident that the beach was dotted with turtles about five to eight feet apart in most cases, with vultures and townspeople ready to remove the eggs.
The Lodge features a common area of wooden construction, with comfortable chairs and couches, from which guests can view area birds and the interesting crabs that inhabit the grounds surrounding the structure. We found it a nice place for a beer at sunset or a morning cup of coffee.
Luis, the owner, was a helpful and caring host. He communicated promptly as we emailed to set up our stay in the days before our arrival, and provided great advice regarding the turtles and road conditions in the area.
Overall, a great value and ideal location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore the authentic Costa Rica countryside. Set on the mangrove, Ostional Turtle Lodge is a hideaway for those who appreciate nature and the beauty of a very uncommon place. Ostional Turtle Lodge is an eco friendly small lodge in the heart of Ostional. The beach main attractions include the mass nesting of the Olive Ridley sea turtle, and in smaller amounts the Leatherback and Green turtles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ostional Turtle Lodge Costa Rica