Turtle Traps at Playa Biesanz

Playa Biesanz Turtle Trap

So I need to start this blog off with kudos to Kevin because if it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have gotten the photo of the traps.  And additional kudos since I dragged him down there when not only was he not feeling well but we also had to go at noon as that was when low tide was and the only time of the day when you can see these historic traps (which, of course, was the hottest point of the day).

Not only does it have to be at low tide but you also have to climb some volcanic rocks in order to see the “traps”.  And my rock climbing days are over ever since I slammed into a rock wall while rappelling down a waterfall.  Well, they’re over until I have health insurance again.  Then maybe I’ll consider trying out some new adventures.

So these turtle traps at Playa Biesanz are supposed to date back to the first century and the Boruca / Quepoa Indians.  To be honest, after seeing the photo, I don’t really understand how it works.  If anyone knows…please leave a comment!

And supposedly, Kevin tells me that there are also turtle traps in Tamarindo although I’ve walked that beach numerous times at low tide and never noticed any special rock formations.  Yes, there are rocks but none that seemed to be purposefully placed there!

Pura vida…Chrissy


2 Replies to “Turtle Traps at Playa Biesanz”

  1. Sticks and nets were placed on top of the rock wall during high tide. At low tide fish would be traped inside the pool and easy to catch. The method is documented ethnographically througout the Americas but I do not think it was used to catch turtles.

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