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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0470
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Beautiful beach

Quiet and pristine. We walked from Tamarindo and took a boat across the river. No, you can not swim... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shannon G
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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watch a turtle lay its eggs

if you have never done it, go on the late-night beach walk with the ranger. you get to watch a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cathypaul14
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San Rafael, California
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet and pristine. We walked from Tamarindo and took a boat across the river. No, you can not swim across because of caiman. The walk was long and best done in the morning. From crossing the river to the main part of Playa Grande took...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you have never done it, go on the late-night beach walk with the ranger. you get to watch a leather-back turtle (large! can be 3-4 ft across) dig a nest and lay its eggs just above high tide. This is late at night; you...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The beauty of the beach is there is no development. It is one of the last undeveloped beaches in the world.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 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

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 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

3  Thank PattyBueno
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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
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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
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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

3  Thank iviej2017
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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
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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
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tammysherfield
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.
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lucky2324
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
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LanaFomenko
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
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