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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This National Park protects the main nesting beaches for the leatherback...

This National Park protects the main nesting beaches for the leatherback turtle of the Tropical Eastern Pacific.

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beautiful beach

I was very disappointed to see every lot along the beach front was either sold or for sale. I'm not sure where the protected area we came to see was. We saw one little building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Fran S
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Frankfort, Kentucky
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Bonn
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48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The beach is simply breathtaking! And incredible spot that you should not miss if you happend to be around in this area. We were lucky to see a Baula Turtle and it was an incredible experience.

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Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The guide we had took us by boat deep into the preserve where there are rare birds, iguanas, monkeys and crocodiles, as well as unique trees and plant life.

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Thank JimBenchoff
Fairfield, Connecticut
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39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great beach, fun to watch the surfers. A beautiful walk along the beach gets you to the river where you can take a $2 boat ride over to Playa Tamarindo, perfect.

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Thank gerryfs
Frankfort, Kentucky
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was very disappointed to see every lot along the beach front was either sold or for sale. I'm not sure where the protected area we came to see was. We saw one little building that said National Marine Park and had turtle tours and an informative lecture/ video of sea turtle.

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Thank Fran S
wales
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We organised with the community group in Playa Grande (located just up from Las Tortugas) to do a night tour. While it involves a lot of waiting around (some people had been there from 7pm till midnight), it is worth the wait, as volunteers are on the beach (which is closed to the public after 6pm) monitoring the turtles. We... More 

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Thank molari
North Reading, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jonathan from Las Tortugas took us to the National Park for a canoe trip. Early in the morning the songs of birds serenaded us as we paddled along the mangroves with sounds of clams clicking shut as the tide came in. We saw monkeys, an anteater, and many birds including a Motmot. If you are visiting Playa Grande do not... More 

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Thank jmpie
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When the shoreline soundsystems of Playa Tamarindo have driven you to the edge of madness, get yourself to Las Baulas. Here you'll find a long, wide beach undisturbed by beachfront development. It's quiet, relatively empty and filled with beautiful Turritella communis (spire shaped) seashells. (Don't collect...they may be confiscated when you leave the country, Be advised that the Playa Grande... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We set of into this mangrove area very early with a guided canoe trip. The 3 hours were filled with sightings of a crocodile, kingfishers, hawks, parrots, shorebirds and herons (including the elusive boat billed heron). We pulled our boats ashore at one point and walked into an area with many howler monkeys. Jonathan, our local guide, mimicked the male... More 

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Thank Martino4444
Boulder, Colorado
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is very large and not crowded at all. We didn't see any signs of turtles but sand crabs and shells are abundant. We saw howler monkeys right near the beach twice and really enjoyed the lack of crowds. This beach is worth a visit, its better than most.

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Thank hellowhoisthis
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach at Playa Grande is big, has nice sand and some tide pools for exploring but the surfing is not always great and the turtles are not there in the daytime. Las Baulas is at the end of the road that leads through the town of Playa Grande and the ranger station is a little building on the right... More 

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