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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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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.

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Pristine and Tranquil

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
K8errm24
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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Plainfield, Illinois
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We came here on our own (1 h 40 min drive from Playa Hermosa) and we had a great time. The beach was beautiful and watching the surfers was fun!! Gorgeous blue water, big waves, white gold sand. Great for walking, very secluded!! Spire shaped seashells everywhere, but you are not allowed to remove them from the beach (according to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is an amazing beach, very secluded and tucked away. Lots of sea shells and beach combining. We did not see the turtles or book the tour as we ran out of time. However, we did go hang out at the beach for the day and it was marvelous. Not another soul around!

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Thank krisfj40
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous beach for strolling. If you want a sandy Solitude with a plethora of shells, this is the place for you. Quiet and serene, nice to wade in perfect temperature water. Surf is strong so beginners need to head farther down the beach. Perfect for relaxing but not a sightseeing destination. This was not turtle season so I can't comment... More 

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Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

As part of a tour around Costa Rica, this stop seemed really unnecessary. We were stuffed into a cramped, hot room with a laptop projecting on a dirty wall with wires hanging out and obstructing the video. The video was very long, and in the end, it was just to inform us about the plight of the leatherback turtles and... More 

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

I cannot say too much. I do not want you to visit. That is for the turtles that nest here and for the solitude Playa Grande offers so close to the opposite venue, Tamarindo. It is only a short wade or boat ride. But it is a totally different experience. Don't come.

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Parksville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Spent 5 nights at hotel las tortugas on this beach. It has rip currents so if swimming with weaker swimmers go north on the beach towards the next resort, here the waves are safer & fun to swim in. The beach closes from 6pm to 6 am as it is part of a national park. Sunsets are beautiful and that... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

We were brought here do take a 6 mile run. The sand is great for running. There are a lot of nice seashells that distracted us. Just a great place to get outside and play.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Save your money, do not take this tour. We did with two younger children at night. After sitting on the beach in the dark for a couple of hours, we hiked to a different beach, and joined hundreds of other tourists in a que to wait to see one turtle for about 10 minutes. A total waste of time. Way... More 

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Outer Banks, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

We spent two weeks in a house on the beach in Playa Grande. This is a spectacular beach that's easy to get to and if you walk away from the main parking areas, find a little privacy. During our stay an Olive Ridley turtle came up and nested right in front of us in the middle of the morning! Wow!... More 

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