Turtle rescue

The Turtles

Poachers, fishing nets, pollution and other threats are the cause of an alarming decline in turtles hatching on any beach in Costa Rica. Ocean clean up, stricter commercial fishing regulations and reduction of pollution are some actions needed to protect the turtles once they are in the ocean. In addition, conservation efforts on the beaches where the turtles lay eggs play an important role in changing the situation for the turtles of Costa Rica.


Our turtle protection project

CAPATUR (nonprofit) offers a turtle conservation program based at Playa Paquera (also known as Playa Organos) in Costa Rica. The aim is the protection of the sea turtle nests on this beach with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers makes it possible to patrol the beach during the months the turtles lay their eggs and to guard the nest and monitor them once the hatching starts.

The volunteers (local and international) patrol the beach, collect the turtle eggs, and bring the eggs to the hatchery which is manned by volunteers on a 24-hour basis. When they start hatching the volunteers monitor and protect the turtle babies on their way towards the ocean.


Volunteer now

By volunteering in our turtle conservation program, you will help with the protection of the sea turtles and share knowledge and experiences with local volunteers.

CAPATUR offer a quality affordable volunteer turtle conservation program and an unforgettable experience. As soon as you know your travel plans for Costa Rica please check for availability and make your reservation to volunteer.

The partnership between the local and international volunteers helps create an ideal environment for the turtles to lay their eggs, safely hatch and make their way to the ocean.

More information about the volunteer program.


Donate to our fundraiser

We want to say a big thank you and let you know how much we appreciate all those who have supported our fundraising campaign so far. Your generosity has made it possible for us to establish our project despite the lack of international volunteers due to Covid-19.

With 35 local volunteers we patrolled the beach during the last turtle season, while doing the necessary studies needed to establish the turtle hatchery, we are now ready for a new upcoming nesting season.

However, we are facing a very alarming situation as the turtles nest are being robbed by poachers.

With many job losses in Costa Rica, due to the pandemic, we are anticipating that many more poachers will come to the beach to kill the valuable turtle’s for their meat and eggs.

We know that you will agree that it is of vital importance that our conservation efforts continue during this time, and we kindly ask you to consider any type of help you can offer to this heartbreaking situation.

To support our program please go to the following link:

Support sea turtles in Costa Rica



We are located on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, about 4 hours from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Playa Paquera is a 2 km long palm tree beach with little development. The little local town of Paquera is just 6km away and has all the basics. The area has a lot to offer though, and one of the best climates you can wish for!

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