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On the Southern Caribbean Coast, four species of sea turtles come to Gandoca Beach within Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge for nesting: green, hawksbill, loggerhead, and leatherback. The most numerous are the leatherback sea turtle. Best Time to Visit: Year-round, although peak nesting season runs April through October. Leatherbacks: The largest sea turtle in the world weighing over 1,200 lbs. and averaging almost 8 ft. in length, nest on the Caribbean from March to July. Greens: Nest from June to October especially along the North Caribbean. Hawksbills: Nest along the Caribbean coast in September & October. Cahuita National Park is a great spot to watch them Loggerheads: This endangered species is the largest sea turtle in the world with a hard shell. They nest from July through October. Photo: Kristel Segeren
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