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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: 6 km southwest form Matapalo soccer field | Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +50626530470
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of...
This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.
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Our tour to see the Leatherback turtle was amazing in the regard that we did get to watch a huge turtle lay her eggs on the beach. What a incredible thing to see. I would go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We were hoping to see leatherback turtles nesting and the only way to do this legally is through the ranger station. We had to check into the range station in advance and then meet back at close to midnight. We were told to bring a book and be prepared for a long wait. Some people had gone through two nights... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We thought we had missed the season for turtles but our hotel said we may still see something. We headed out one evening with a guide who took us to four different beaches to find them. Was an amazing experience and definitely recommend to anyone in the area to do this. It was absolutely beautiful and very quiet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our tour to see the Leatherback turtle was amazing in the regard that we did get to watch a huge turtle lay her eggs on the beach. What a incredible thing to see. I would go again, but I must say that I would think that with the guide and the effort that is taken to close the beach at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had quite a different experience than many of the folks visiting this site. During the winter of 2010 I volunteered at Playa Langosta for 2 weeks and was asked to return as a research assistant for 6 weeks in winter 2011 (I have a background in biology). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VOLUNTEERING! As a volunteer you pay $14/day for room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

WE were there for 5 days in Playa Grande for surfing and rest on the beach. WE spent fantastic days in respect with the habitat of iguanas, monkeys, turtels and other animals in a well preserved mangrove sea side. WE meet there Some very uncommun persons in harmony with their enveronment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We took the turtle tour on Playa Grande, and we got to see a leatherback turtle laying its eggs, which was a great experience! The volunteers in the park do a lot of great conservation work, but they are less competent when it comes to tourists - the tour was very disorganized and confusing: We had booked a tour for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We booked a night tour to see turtle at the MINEA office in Playa Grande but the tour was on other beach near Matapalo. We were lucky enough to see 3 turtles. The negative points are that we were more than 20 people on that tour for only a small red light so it was hard to see something even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Most people think "turtles" when they think of Las Baulas ("baula" means leatherback turtle in Spanish) National Park, but a large portion of the park is an overgrown mangrove estuary. My wife and I and two bird-watching friends did the estuary tour TWICE it was so interesting. We saw many types of herons, some kingfishers, whimbrels, plovers, and lots of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Long drive and difficult hike in the dark to see a couple of turtles crawling back into the ocean. Pretty lame.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We took a night tour. We left at 6 and got back after 9 pm. There is a little hiking involved. We did see a green sea turtle just after laying eggs. Then saw baby leather backs come up out of the sand. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! I'm not sure why it's so hard for people to understand that! There was... More 

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Additional Information about Las Baulas National Marine Park

Address: Address: 6 km southwest form Matapalo soccer field | Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +50626530470
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Grande
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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