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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
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This park supports the Pacific Ocean's largest nesting colony of leatherback turtles.
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Dresden, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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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
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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our hotel (The Rip Jacks) arranged / reserved a leatherbacks nesting tour for us. We had to wait some 2,5 hours, when the spotters at the beach finally reported back to the station, that we should be coming. Before that and while waiting we listened to an interesting presentation (20 min) of one of the turtle rangers. Then the 2... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

What an amazing experience we got to see both a leatherback and Black Sea turtle nesting! The national park accepts reservations 8 days out for their evening turtle tours and I advise you make them early to get in the first group. I was surprised by the large interest in this activity there was about 50 people booked for Christmas... More

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Los Angeles
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

So glad we booked a last-minute guided canoe tour for four adults (2–3 adults per canoe) on our last full day in Costa Rica. Our hotel manager contacted Jonathan, our tour guide directly, but the other half of our party had been able to arrange another estuary tour through Hotel Las Tortugas. We got picked up outside our hotel by... More

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Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I visited a friend who is doing turtle conservation on this beach. First I must say that this beach is gorgeous!! It is wide enough to accommodate California-type crowds, yet it is not crowded (or at least it wasn't when I was there). The strip of beach is wide enough to select a perfect location, and just inland is significant... More

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