LA TORTUGA FELiZ - Affordable turtle conservation program in Costa Rica run by volunteers for volunteers.


The Turtles

Poachers, fishing nets, pollution and other threats are the cause of an alarming decline in turtles hatching on this beach. In particular the 9 km covered by our volunteer turtle conservation program is in danger, for it has no protection whatsoever. Volunteer conservation efforts play a very important role in changing this situation for the turtles of Costa Rica.

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The project

La Tortuga Feliz offers a turtle conservation program based in Costa Rica, whose aim is the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contribute to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.

By helping to generate an income for the locals through an affordable turtle volunteer program, we hope to take away the necessity for them to poach the turtles and their eggs.


The turtle conservation project is almost 4 hours travelling time away from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and is located on the Caribbean coast approx. 1km north of where the River Pacuare enters the Caribbean sea. La Tortuga Feliz is situated at a beautiful isolated beach and right behind the project begins, what people call, The Amazon of Costa Rica, a mangrove rainforest, rivers, canals and lagoons. They form a unique area to visit and one can only get there by motor boat. Conservation and protection is focused predominantly on the endangered leatherback and green turtles that come to nest in large numbers in this area of Costa Rica.

Volunteer now

By your participation in our volunteer turtle conservation program you not only help with the protection of the sea turtles but also help to improve the living conditions of the local inhabitants in this often forgotten about area of Costa Rica.

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

See what it's all about - an informative video about La Tortuga Feliz

See what it's all about - video about La Tortuga Feliz made by some volunteers

Latest news

  • Busy turtle night!

    Volunteers got all 7 nests of the turtles crawled on the beach last night and buried all eggs safely in the hatchery. First babies of…

  • Turtle season 2017 officially started

    Turtle season 2017 has officially started now, the first turtles came at the beach and the volunteers are in full action! Everybody is really excited!…

  • First leatherback turtle of 2017 saved!

    Leatherback season is well underway with DeeAnn from Canada being the first volunteer to find a turtle for 2017! As the hatchery isn’t quite ready…

  • Great story of one of our volunteers 🙂

    I volunteered at La Tortuga Feliz in May/June this year and I have taken a while to get onto this. I had an amazing time…

  • More then 100 leatherback turtle nests have been saved!

    Together with many volunteers from all over the world, La Tortuga Feliz saved in the year 2016 already more then 100 leatherback turtle nests! We…

  • Hatchery shift

    As volunteer at La Tortuga Feliz there are two shifts available, the first is walking on the beach with a local guide searching for seaturtles…



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