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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Closed Now: 09:00 - 16:00
Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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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 December 2018
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 30 November 2018
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

I was told by a CR friend that if I signed up at the station just before the beach that they would call me if a turtle appeared. The good news- you only pay if one is spotted! Bad news- I signed up, gave in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank micknmarley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a canoeing trip with our kids and a guide and saw crocodiles, births and monkeys. We had a wonderful time.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great typical Costarican beach nice for walking, fantastic sunset views. Perefect for surfers or just to walk.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rpo
Reviewed 6 December 2018

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 December 2018 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 30 November 2018 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 17 September 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 20 August 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 7 August 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
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Reviewed 21 July 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
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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 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
25 December 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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