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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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- A conservation disaster -

Looking for sun and snorkeling oppertunities we came to visit the area of Las Baulas National Marine Park for 5 days. First of all, this is one of the few national parks that... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Alexander K
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No where near as touristy as Tamarindo. In fact it's very laid back and mellow. Wonderful waves and a cool surf vibe!

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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We stayed at a house on Playa Grande for a week just North of the black rock and were able to enjoy the Marine Park and all of its natural glory. There is a distinct resolution among locals and visitors alike to preserve the environment in Costa Rica which I greatly appreciate. It was refreshing to see that and I... More 

1 Thank HappyTrailsChicago
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Looking for sun and snorkeling oppertunities we came to visit the area of Las Baulas National Marine Park for 5 days. First of all, this is one of the few national parks that charges no entree fee. The park consists mainly of beach, some forest land, mangroveforest habitat and marine habitat. Drive all the way to Playa La Grande and... More 

4 Thank Alexander K
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Took the small boat across from Tamarindo ($1 pp). The beach it's stunning and when the tide is out it's incredibly wide! It's a turtle nesting/hatching area and so cannot visit after 6pm. Take water and sunscreen as there are no shops, stalls or shade. Do not underestimate how king it would take to walk the full length, its deceptively... More 

1 Thank n c
San Jose, Costa Rica
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Parque Marino Las Baulas is located in Playa Grande, Guanacaste. Playa Grande is a beautiful beach, you can see the most beautiful sunsets and is a nice spot for surfing and Turtle nesting. At the main entrance there is the main office where you can ask for Turtle watching tours, if you don't get to watch any turtles you do... More 

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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82 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Turtle seeing via a guide service provided by the park service is only available at night and the hopeful pay nothing if no turtles are seen, otherwise expect a fee of about $25.

1 Thank RobCope
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most spectacular beaches. Miles of preserved and flat coast with easy access. Great waves for surfing or boogie boarding. Water is clean and warm. A great place for long walks, running and biking on a big flat beach.Tons of unique shells and marine wildlife including sea turtles. Not many people around and you have lots... More 

1 Thank lucky2324
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

About a 35 min drive from Tamarindo and it was well worth it! We came around 11:30 and there was hardly anyone on the beach! The small shack that sells tacos was perfect beach food. The waves are great for surfing. Be careful if you have small children, the undertow is very strong.

1 Thank ondox5
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

beautiful beach...nice we were here during christmas week from dec. 24-dec 31. very busy at this time. beautiful tropical place. fun for families, kids all ages. however this is a very busy time.

1 Thank Cindy B
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

We wanted to see the turtles and signed up for the tour. The turtles never came and we were not charged. I think we were to early in the season but there was a sighting earlier in the week. We tried for three nights at different show up times but no luck for us. The beach is beautiful and open... More 

2 Thank Lou L

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