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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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Volunteer! You'll see it all!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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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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Bromont, Canada
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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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Shawinigan, Canada
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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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BillCLakeAriel_PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Waucoma, Iowa
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went down the river on an open boat and saw, A lot of birds, a few monkeys and a croc. Our guide explained about the turtles, and also named the different trees and mangroves. It was a nice relaxing couple of hours. I would go early before the heat!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My fiancé and I went to this park last night and we saw two giant leatherbacks and one green sea turtle. The experience was amazing. You get to come very close to these animals but still safe distance away so that they aren't disturbed doing their very important business. I read somewhere that the park was established in early 2000... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Turtle nesting has plummeted precipitously, but we were lucky enough to see one on our second try. It changes your life to see such a huge and ancient creature digging a hole for dozens of eggs, then patting the sand carefully back in place.

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