panoramic view of Ojochal beach with driftwood

Playa Tortuga

Tortuga Beach in Ojochal

This is a perfect beach for those of you who want to get off the beaten track. Come here at low tide, and you’ll be able to go for a long walk. This beach is never busy and not as welcoming as others, but it’s worth a stop for hikers and nature lovers.

The first thing you will find when you arrive is a river which can be nice and refreshing for a swim—but take care as there have been reports of crocodiles here! There is always a way to cross it. You can choose to go north (at low tide ONLY) and see the caves. It’s a long walk of about 30 minutes each way with no shade, so be prepared and bring plenty of water! If you go south from the parking area you will enter the estuary of the Terraba River. It’s peaceful and a fantastic spot for birders. There’s also lots of driftwood carried by the river which makes every visit authentic and unique.

This beach is called Turtle Beach for a reason. There are indeed olive ridley turtles nesting here between June and December (with the highest concentration of the animals arriving between September and October).

However, if seeing turtles is what you are really interested in, contact the team at the Reserve of Playa Tortuga (RPT)! They will be able to provide you with all the information you need and even take you to participate in a release of baby turtles (this is not a tour but an opportunity to join them and watch their work).

Good to Know

Possible but not recommended. No lifeguards, strong currents.


When you are driving on the main highway from Uvita, just after the main entrance to the village of Ojochal, there is a bridge. You will simply need to take the first right after that bridge. Follow the dirt road until the end. You have arrived!

This is an unsupervised parking and beach. Be careful and never take any valuables with you. Leave them at the hotel and keep your car locked and as empty as possible.