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Kayak/Boat to the Heart of the National Park provided by Sol Eco Adventures

Kayak/Boat to the Heart of the National Park

Kayak/Boat to the Heart of the National Park
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Las Baulas National Park, created in 1990, is approximately 445 hectares & located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, near the town of Tamarindo. The Tamarindo estuary is the biggest mangrove estuary in Latin America and the only way to get to it’s heart is by water. This makes it a quiet and private place in comparison to many of Costa Rica’s other National Parks that are easily accessible by car. Come and enjoy the nature it has to share!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 215677P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Single or double kayak with comfortable seat pads, back rests and life jackets • Bottled water • Snacks • Protective dry bag to keep your valuables safe from water damage
Exclusions
Mosquito spray • Suitable walking / tennis shoes
Duration
3h
Departure details
Pangas Beach Club, Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica We'll meet at the front of Pangas Beach Club
Inclusions
Single or double kayak with comfortable seat pads, back rests and life jackets • Bottled water • Snacks • Protective dry bag to keep your valuables safe from water damage
Exclusions
Mosquito spray • Suitable walking / tennis shoes
Departure details
Pangas Beach Club, Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica We'll meet at the front of Pangas Beach Club
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Pangas Beach Club
    Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
    We'll meet at the front of Pangas Beach Club
    See address & details
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    Las Baulas National Marine Park
    Stop: 3 hours
    We’ll meet at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo where there is parking, bathroom & shower facilities. Before setting out on a 35-minute kayak through lush mangroves I will brief you on the correct safety and paddling techniques. On reaching the heart of the Park we’ll leave the kayaks ashore to hike numerous trails, observing as much wildlife as possible; howler monkeys, exotic birds, parrots, herons, cranes, iguanas, squirrels and others. You will see exotic plants, like dragonfruit cactus, wild hibiscus, mushrooms and big trees such as the garden of the forest and the national guanacaste tree. We will visit and climb to the top of an archaeological site, built by the ancient indigenous people using rocks brought from nearby. Here we can see a stunning bird view of the tree canopy. This is a great place to observe the wildlife from above before returning to the kayaks for a refreshing drink and paddling back to Tamarindo. During our adventure I will guide you, explaining the animal behaviours and plant life we see. Due to daily tidal changes it is important we schedule the tour 60 – 90 mins before high tide.
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  • You'll end at
    Pangas Beach Club
    Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
    We'll meet at the front of Pangas Beach Club
    See address & details
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Wairever
Baltimore, MD26 contributions
Perfect way to venture through Las Baulas National Marine Park
Luis was our guide and Victor piloted our boat - no kayaks for our adventure because of some mechanical issues with their truck, but they did not let that spoil the morning - ventured out promptly at 8a and were able to see a tiny of wildlife including howler monkeys and crocodiles. We did a little hiking as well to take in more of the NP from a different vantage point. Highly recommend this outfitter - thanks Luis & Victor!!!
Written June 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lauren P
Florida11 contributions
Amazing tour!
It was quite windy during our stay in Costa Rica so we took a little motor boat out to the estuary. It’s really amazing such a wild and natural place exists right next to tamarindo! Tom (along with our boat driver) were such excellent guides! We spotted all sorts of birds cruising up the mangrove forests. Next we took a hike through the dry forests. We saw a family of howler monkeys which were amazing. Tom explained all about the local trees and plants and we learned so much! It was really a wonderful morning exploring nature. Definitely recommend!
Written April 9, 2021
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Storyteller622352
8 contributions
So much wildlife!
Mar 2021
This was a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. It was too windy and the current much too strong to kayak, so we took a boat instead. It ended up being better that way. We started out early in the morning, which seemed to be the best time to go. We saw a wide variety of birds including Parrots, Osprey, Heron, and Hummingbirds. As we made our way into the mangroves, we saw a racoon family climbing through the trees. Right where we planned to leave the boat to hike, we were greeted by a big Crocodile! Our guide was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna pointing out everything along the way. We ended up seeing monkeys on our hike through the forest and bats hiding in a hollowed out tree. There were even ancient Mayan burial grounds we got to climb up. The excursion really exceeded all of our expectations!
Written March 31, 2021
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Brent C
Salt Lake City, UT48 contributions
A Good Adventure and Informative
Jan 2021
We thought we would be kayaking up the estuary. However, upon arrival we were informed that this was not possible. Instead we got a boat tour up the estuary and a walk around in the jungle. It was probably just as well as the winds were high and we would have had a very difficult time getting to where the animals were plentiful by kayak.
Tom was very knowledgeable with regard to trees, plants, insects and some birds. It was pretty cool information.
The guy driving the boat was even better when it came to spotting wildlife. On our walk, he spotted howler monkeys in the trees. As we were boating back, he suddenly stopped and turned the boat around. He had spotted a crocodile in the mangroves. I have no idea how he saw it as were boating along at a pretty good clip. The crocodile blended in really well with the mangrove roots.
Written February 4, 2021
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Ian C
Cambridge4 contributions
Would do it again
Mar 2020 • Family
Tom was very pleasant and informative about the flora and history of the area. We enjoyed the trip very much just would specify no tripling up on one kayak had I known if advance this might happen
Written March 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ember655
Providence, RI2 contributions
Sol eco kayak and hike in national forest with Tom
Mar 2020 • Couples
It was a wonderful experience, Tom is extremely knowledgeable and excited about what he does, and the more questions we asked the more apparent it was that he is an expert in the natural world around us. It was an invigorating kayak ride, he’s willing to show you how to improve your stroke, And then we were introduced to many birds, many trees, the monkeys, plant life, And stories about how they came upon the archaeological ruins in the forest there that indicate that there were indigenous folks living here at one time. We enjoyed the time immensely.
Written March 13, 2020
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o39
Charlotte, NC2 contributions
If you are interested in learning new things.
Captain Tom was so excited to share his knowledge that it was easy to share his zeal ! The park has 400+ old trees and is virtually untouched. It is an amazing classroom. On our return at sunset, the river was calm, the sky was breathtaking. My mind will come back to that peaceful memory. Our only regret is that we wish Captain Tom lived in the US.
Written March 12, 2020
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Christine C
Arcata, CA3 contributions
Snarky guide
If you like your guide to be derisive and sarcastic, then he’s your guy (she says sarcastically). After haranguing us for not getting our phones out of the dry bags to take a photo of the crocodile, when we were just enjoying the moment, he purposefully (I believe) paddled close to it and flushed it, for our experience of seeing the croc move and swim, and as a result the next kayakers immediately after us missed seeing it at all. Then the other group pointed out a troupe of monkeys on the opposite side of the river after we’d gotten out on our side for the walk through the forest, and we hesitated to get back in and paddle over. Tom told us to go see them so we did — of course he was right, the monkeys were great to see up close, especially the babies— but for the remainder of the trip we were subject to repeated snarky comments about oh yeah, didn’t want to see the monkeys, aren’t monkeys boring and not worth seeing, etc etc. One couldn’t help comparing his style to the other group’s Costa Rica guide there with the monkeys, who was welcoming and encouraging and nice. And when Tom started telling us about the trees, and we chimed in among ourselves with questions and comments about the trees, he literally said, are you just going to talk to each other or are you going to listen to what I’m telling you? (Bear in mind this was a tour of just us three friends; there was no one else who we might be disturbing by verbalizing our thoughts.). Overall I feel like you can spend your money on this person, or on a guide who is positive, or at least not overtly insulting.
Written February 21, 2020
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John P
South Saint Paul, MN11 contributions
Kayak outing
My wife and I were the only ones that day to book so we had Tom, our guide put us in a double kayak. The equipment showed use but it was in good condition. Tom gave us great instructions and an overview of the trip. My wife and I have kayaking experience and even though we are retired handled 30 minute trip into the park with ease. Tom pointed out many things of interest on the way and guided us to the landing. We have a great interest in nature and found Tom's knowledge of the native plants and animals valuable. He has a extensive history of travel and experience that he was willing to share.
Written February 2, 2020
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Andrew S.
6 contributions
Excellent experience, would do again
Jan 2020 • Couples
Tom was a fantastic guide. He arrived early which is always appreciated and then showed us exactly how to enter and exit the kayaks to avoid tipping over. After paddling through the estuary we arrived at a bank where we exited the kayaks and hiked through the woods before kayaking back to the estuary mouth.

He timed the trip with the tide to help us paddle easier, which was much appreciated. The whole trip he pointed out to us various birds and animals, even fish and spiders. His knowledge on the flora of the area is incredible and you can tell that he genuinely cares about what he does.

My wife and I are avid kayakers and try to kayak on every vacation we take as it allows us to explore our destination in a different way, and this trip didn’t disappoint. We would definitely do this trip again if/when we return.
Written January 25, 2020
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