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Las Baulas National Marine Park

6 km southwest form Matapalo soccer field | Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+50626530470
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This park embodies what is wrong with tourism. Motor boats down the estuary are ILLEGAL because they pollute and the water is too shallow, the operatots harass the wildlife. DO NOT CONTRIBUTE by giving them tourist dollars. Say no and tell them why, you would pay for canoe or guided walking tour. There are free trails across the estuary and... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Hiking down the deserted beach for miles we encountered a olive ridley turtle that had just come ashore to lay her eggs. From previous experience we remained behind her so as not to interrupt her we photographed and filmed the entire procedure until, spent, she returned to the ocean. An experience I'll never forget.

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Herndon, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

For the last ten years, I have been privileged to spend months in this beautiful part of Costa Rica. While it is true that las baulas come to nest here - and you will see them with any luck. It is also true that their population is dwindling. Be a part of the solution on your trip and help leave... More

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Lake Mary, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Minutes walk from Sol y Luna... One of the most beautiful beaches in the world with amazing sunsets nightly

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Dresden, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Thank you very much for this unique experience. Yes, it was a little bit difficult to be there at midnight with three kids, 0, 4 and 7. But once they were awake, we enjoyed the view and the scientific explanation of the nice park rangers. Just a pitty that these animals are nearly extinguished!

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Swartz Creek, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is one of the best kept secrets in Guanacaste. The pride that the employees have taken in maintaining and improving this facility are wonderful. We were unable to get on the beach for the turtles, but the visitor office, bathrooms and grounds were beautiful

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Nice trip through Las Baulas (the Leatherback Turtle) with Daniel. Saw howler monkeys, many species of birds including Ibis, 2 species of Heron, sandpipers and lots of mangrove crabs and little crocodiles. March is low season so the crocs were small but apparently you see ones 10-12 ft in high season. Forms our hotel The Rip Jack it was a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

This was the most awful experience you can ever imagine, we have been fooled twice. Firstly, the first scam is located in Tamarindo, those guys attract tourist with a big sign that says " las baulas national park". In fact they are taking you in a different place-not the park- when we realize it was a scam we stopped the... More

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Playa Grande is one of the greatest beaches we have spent time on. It is wide at low tide and perfect for walking. The water is beautiful, and watching the surfers was fun. We stayed a week, and I only saw one drag mark from a turtle in the morning, so maybe late January was too late this year.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We heard this tour is amazing but unfortunately, the leatherback turtles didn't show the night we booked. You only pay if you actually get to view the turtle laying its eggs. It is hit or miss and the wait can be long. Smart travellers brought cards or board games to pass the time. Also recommended to have a car as... More

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