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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 8534 8664
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Busy surfing beach

Busy beach during our visit. Plenty of children but many many surfers enjoying the waves. Small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark W
via mobile
Less people, keep conscious

Amazing experience. This is a night time activity that requires good night vision and a moderate... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mexico City, Mexico
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible9%
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Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 8534 8664
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Busy beach during our visit. Plenty of children but many many surfers enjoying the waves. Small taco shack at the entrance. Packed dark sand beach. Beautiful sunset and also enjoyed watching the pelicans plunging into the water. A few hotels along the beach but you...More

1  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience. This is a night time activity that requires good night vision and a moderate physical condition for walking. If you are not a nature lover, this activity isn’t for you. We saw two turtles nesting. The groups should really be kept strictly to...More

1  Thank PattyBueno
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Went here twice first at low tide and it was a huge wide beach covered in little spiral shells and hermit crabs. Water coming in over the low beach was warmer than our shower most of the time. Maybe 20 other people on the miles...More

1  Thank evetsc
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Went there to see leatherback turtles which unfortunately didn't turn up but the people there were great in giving a talk and showing a film all about the national park and the plight of turtles - very interesting indeed. You need to put your name...More

1  Thank Mark D
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

We did the estuary tour with Jonathan, 506 8534 8664, who is associated with the Las Tortugas hotel, the owner is a preservationist and taught him all he knows. He is very informative with a fantastic eye for finding birds, crocodiles and monkeys. We also...More

2  Thank iviej2017
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Huge, empty, gorgeous beach! We walked and played in the surf for hours without seeing anyone except a strolling guitar player. Highly recommend!

1  Thank meganite2017
Reviewed 30 July 2017

If you like to enjoy nature at its best with out having to worry about crowds of people this is the place. The beach is huge and you can find a lot of different places to relax and enjoy the site.

Thank SBE73
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed in a house in palm beach estates and walked to the beach every day. From the shore you can't see the houses they are hidden by the trees which gives the beach a very natural beautiful setting. There were some groups of surf...More

Thank Julie A
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We came here with Caravan to watch an informational video and use the restrooms. The video wasn't working though, so our tour guide just summarized the groups efforts. I would go, just to give a donation to support their efforts with turtles. Two men were...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We were at the beach during low tide. My husband and son walked across the mouth of the river to tide pools on the other side. There are signs that there are crocodiles in the river but we didn't see any-- nonetheless, we were not...More

Thank April P
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Questions & Answers
31 July 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.
19 January 2017|
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Response from Lou L | 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
25 December 2016|
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Response from LH314 | 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