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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Wonderful beach with few people

This national Marine Park is miles of secluded beach in a favorite for surfers. There are no... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barb C
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Littleton, Colorado
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Super low key vibe

I hardly wana say too much about Playa Grande... its simple, its small, there’s not much to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
odeodell
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Hawaii
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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. We are a Ramsar Site, of...more
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| Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago

WHO: Caravan Tour RX81110 WHAT (PROS): - visiting the beach where leatherback turtles nest - not a busy beach; saw surfers in the water WHAT (CONS): - shown an explanatory video about the leatherback turtles, which was information already covered by the Caravan tour guide...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lorraine_sarah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This national Marine Park is miles of secluded beach in a favorite for surfers. There are no vendors hocking there trinkets, lots of seashells Though it is illegal to take them out of the country. It’s a great place to watch the sunset.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Barb C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hardly wana say too much about Playa Grande... its simple, its small, there’s not much to do... With that said, all those that don’t like those thoughts should stay in Tamarindo and party. I loved it here

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank odeodell
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Playa grande is one of the best places to watch a sunset in Costa Rica. There was almost no one there. A couple guys surfing, us and a beach dog.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jhughesnsfd
Reviewed August 19, 2018

We went where googlemaps took us and found a huge beach but no sight of mangroves, when we were approaching Tamarindo beach some 20 to 30 mins drive on, we found another sign for Las Baulas NMP and there were the places to pick up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rufus B
Reviewed August 7, 2018

These are very beautiful beaches along the Guanacaste coast and are unspoiled by development. Surfers love to come here to enjoy the waves in this idyllic setting. The National Marine Park shares the stories of the leatherbacks and other turtles that are extremely endangered along...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peter J
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The sand has a nice gold colour that lets you see the bottom very well. Must walk during sunrise as the beach is near empty and you can have it all alone. Very little shade directly on the sand, recommend you bring your beach umbrella....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mandzb55
Reviewed April 6, 2018

We spent a wonderful two hours on a boat and on foot exploring the mangroves in the southern end of Las Baulas National Marine Park. Most of the hotels in Playa Grande should be able to arrange this if you ask. The scenery is beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Hannah75
Reviewed March 17, 2018

We knew we were late for the turtle season, but we decided to try our luck anyways. Our guide Andy (from Toy Story - the people who have been on tour with him, know why I say this) was a bundle of energy and willingness...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This was a beautiful place to watch the sunset every night. In the morning there were some great shells on the beach, but don't pick up too many because they will take them from you at the airport. I had no idea! Didn't see any...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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tammysherfield
July 31, 2017|
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Response from Mari M | Reviewed this property |
Leatherbacks are rarely seen in playa grande anymore though so you will have to go elsewhere to find them. There are regular green seaturtles however.
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lucky2324
January 18, 2017|
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Response from LouL256 | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's a hit or miss but better during Jan and Feb. We were there early Dec and there was one spotting over a week before we arrived. I think the pattern in the oceans change and I have heard that only 10% of the... More
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LanaFomenko
December 25, 2016|
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Response from Lynn H | Reviewed this property |
Here's what I wrote about the turtle tours in November of this year. 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... More
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BlueRidgeTourist
Charlottesville, Virginia
Driving to Directions to Las Baulas? (1 Replies)
Hello, I would like driving directions from Liberia Airport to Las Baulas National Marine Park. The google maps make it look easy, but any signs or landmarks to follow? Also, are there any parking spaces. Paying the national park entrance fee is fine. Thanks in advance.
February 13, 2015|
Response fromSimon P|
If coming during the day, you will not need to pay the entrance fee. Entrance at night during the nesting season, which is now coming to an end, is strictly controlled by the park office. Visitor numbers are limited and often sell out quickly in the morning. Will follow up with directions.