VIDEO: Thousands of sea turtles crawl ashore in Costa Rica

Phenomenon known as an 'arribada'
Posted at 12:48 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:48:17-04

GUANACASTE, Costa Rica — Thousands of sea turtles crawled ashore in Costa Rica to nest.

It's a phenomenon you can catch every September, but this year visitors almost missed out.

Access to this beach had been restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The protected area in Guanacaste province, located northwest of the capital of San José, reopened Sunday just in time for people to greet the turtles.

A few lucky visitors managed to book a tour with a local guide and enjoy the spectacle for one hour.

People were required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

The next "arribada" -- as it's known in Spanish -- is expected in about a month.