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Las Baulas National Marine Park

| Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0470
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Take a boat trip down the estuary and mangroves for birds and crocs

We spent a wonderful two hours on a boat and on foot exploring the mangroves in the southern end of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hannah75
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Turtles!

We knew we were late for the turtle season, but we decided to try our luck anyways. Our guide Andy... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Karen Z
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Numbi, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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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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| Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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+506 2653 0470
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a wonderful two hours on a boat and on foot exploring the mangroves in the southern end of Las Baulas National Marine Park. Most of the hotels in Playa Grande should be able to arrange this if you ask. The scenery is beautiful...More

Thank Hannah75
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We knew we were late for the turtle season, but we decided to try our luck anyways. Our guide Andy (from Toy Story - the people who have been on tour with him, know why I say this) was a bundle of energy and willingness...More

2  Thank Karen Z
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This was a beautiful place to watch the sunset every night. In the morning there were some great shells on the beach, but don't pick up too many because they will take them from you at the airport. I had no idea! Didn't see any...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

If you want stay alone in a beautiful beach without any noise around and a lot room to enjoy the sun..... this is the place... nice place to visit, surfing, take the sun, walk (around 2 miles of beach for walk).....

Thank ivanfscr
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

I asked at the office when is the best time to see the turtles come in. They said they come in with the tide. When I was there high tide was to be 3:00am, so obviously I wasn't up for that. I said how come...More

1  Thank boba543
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Uncrowded beautiful beach Amazing sunsets Excellent surfing Crystal clear water A little slice of heaven

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 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

1  Thank Shannon G
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

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

1  Thank cathypaul14
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

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

Thank Laurita J
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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

1  Thank Mark W
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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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