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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2653 0470
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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. This place is also an important spot for migratory birds, the american crocodile and other wildlife.

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Nice beach, but not for swimming, and no turtles

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Chino Hills, California
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Chino Hills, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago 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.

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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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Plainfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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