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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Address: 6 km southwest form Matapalo soccer field | Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +50626530470
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.

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Shawinigan, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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minneapolis
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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Portland, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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San Antonio, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We only did the beach and the turtle watch but both were awesome! Great mix of people surfing/swimming/boogie boarding, and room for everyone on the beach b/c of the limited number of hotel rooms on Playa Grande. The only "tourist noise" came from the neighboring town of Tamarindo, where the music was so loud that we could here the bass... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The staff at this facility are great biologists and wildlife conservationists doing good work. The tourist treatment does lack a bit of "entertainment value" and may not be as exciting as zip lining, surfing lessons or horseback riding on the beach. I would see the staff leading group after group out to the beach to show them a dug up... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The beaches are very nice, good waves, pleasant sand and a trip into the estuary was well worth it. We saw turtles during the night - fabulous !!! You have to pay $15 for a guide to be allowed on the beach, but I definitely recommend it. We also saw many birds, lots of shells and crocodiles in the estuary.

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