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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Address: Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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+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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Our tour to see the Leatherback turtle was amazing in the regard that we did get to watch a huge turtle lay her eggs on the beach. What a incredible thing to see. I would go... read more

Reviewed March 22, 2015
Shaleen H
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Miami, FL
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Read my detailed review of La Marejada Hotel on Playa Grande for my description of the beach and all the things you can do there.

1 Thank Palmisto
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We were hoping to see leatherback turtles nesting and the only way to do this legally is through the ranger station. We had to check into the range station in advance and then meet back at close to midnight. We were told to bring a book and be prepared for a long wait. Some people had gone through two nights... More 

4 Thank Laurence W
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2015

We thought we had missed the season for turtles but our hotel said we may still see something. We headed out one evening with a guide who took us to four different beaches to find them. Was an amazing experience and definitely recommend to anyone in the area to do this. It was absolutely beautiful and very quiet.

Thank Fiona C
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our tour to see the Leatherback turtle was amazing in the regard that we did get to watch a huge turtle lay her eggs on the beach. What a incredible thing to see. I would go again, but I must say that I would think that with the guide and the effort that is taken to close the beach at... More 

4 Thank Shaleen H
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had quite a different experience than many of the folks visiting this site. During the winter of 2010 I volunteered at Playa Langosta for 2 weeks and was asked to return as a research assistant for 6 weeks in winter 2011 (I have a background in biology). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VOLUNTEERING! As a volunteer you pay $14/day for room... More 

6 Thank Alexander S
Bromont, Canada
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2015

WE were there for 5 days in Playa Grande for surfing and rest on the beach. WE spent fantastic days in respect with the habitat of iguanas, monkeys, turtels and other animals in a well preserved mangrove sea side. WE meet there Some very uncommun persons in harmony with their enveronment.

4 Thank Cresus000
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2015

We took the turtle tour on Playa Grande, and we got to see a leatherback turtle laying its eggs, which was a great experience! The volunteers in the park do a lot of great conservation work, but they are less competent when it comes to tourists - the tour was very disorganized and confusing: We had booked a tour for... More 

1 Thank Jonas J
Shawinigan, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 23, 2015

We booked a night tour to see turtle at the MINEA office in Playa Grande but the tour was on other beach near Matapalo. We were lucky enough to see 3 turtles. The negative points are that we were more than 20 people on that tour for only a small red light so it was hard to see something even... More 

1 Thank Judithtrudel
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2015

Most people think "turtles" when they think of Las Baulas ("baula" means leatherback turtle in Spanish) National Park, but a large portion of the park is an overgrown mangrove estuary. My wife and I and two bird-watching friends did the estuary tour TWICE it was so interesting. We saw many types of herons, some kingfishers, whimbrels, plovers, and lots of... More 

3 Thank Henry_Shapiro
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2015

Long drive and difficult hike in the dark to see a couple of turtles crawling back into the ocean. Pretty lame.

3 Thank BillCLakeAriel_PA

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