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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2653 0470
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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. This place is also an important spot for migratory birds, the american crocodile and other wildlife.

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Turtles? Only at night, during the am.

Turtle seeing via a guide service provided by the park service is only available at night and the hopeful pay nothing if no turtles are seen, otherwise expect a fee of about $25.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turtle seeing via a guide service provided by the park service is only available at night and the hopeful pay nothing if no turtles are seen, otherwise expect a fee of about $25.

Thank RobCope
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most spectacular beaches. Miles of preserved and flat coast with easy access. Great waves for surfing or boogie boarding. Water is clean and warm. A great place for long walks, running and biking on a big flat beach.Tons of unique shells and marine wildlife including sea turtles. Not many people around and you have lots... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

About a 35 min drive from Tamarindo and it was well worth it! We came around 11:30 and there was hardly anyone on the beach! The small shack that sells tacos was perfect beach food. The waves are great for surfing. Be careful if you have small children, the undertow is very strong.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

beautiful beach...nice we were here during christmas week from dec. 24-dec 31. very busy at this time. beautiful tropical place. fun for families, kids all ages. however this is a very busy time.

Thank Cindy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

We wanted to see the turtles and signed up for the tour. The turtles never came and we were not charged. I think we were to early in the season but there was a sighting earlier in the week. We tried for three nights at different show up times but no luck for us. The beach is beautiful and open... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The effects of net fishing and global warming has reduced the leatherback turtle population to near extinction. I heard there was only 25-30 turtles nesting in the entire season the past couple years. Don't come here expecting to see leatherbacks. Otherwise a very large beach and very nice to stroll but not really a swimming or sunning beach.

Thank milty908
Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Playa Grande is one of the world's best beaches. When we were first here 20 years ago, 4 of us went out with a park ranger to see a leatherback turtle lay eggs. It was a magical experience. Then there were hundreds of turtles that nested every year. In 2015, there was one. Tourism was almost non-existent in Costa Rica... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 via mobile

It's a great way to see crocodiles, birds, iguanas, porkupines, and so many other animals. We had the best time on a boat tour with Pizote, a local guide we ran into on the beach. He approached us and offered a tour we were considering already. We were a bit skeptical at first but decided to go for it. It... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

This was an epic adventure to witness mama turtles laying her eggs at night protected by university students as they study. During the day the beach is wide open for exploring, relaxing and enjoying a space that less tourists go to as the lands are protected and no hotels or business scatter the landscape. I love d it.

Thank LoriF309253
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

This stretch of beach is great for swimming, surfing, and long walks. I prefer this over the craziness of Tamarindo. At night you can see tons of starts and watch for turtles coming up on the beach.

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