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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Huge beach, came for sunset

This is the beach where turtles come to nest and the turtle centre is located just off the beach... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Witney, United Kingdom
Beautiful beach

We rented a place on Playa Grande. Lovely beach, great for shelling and swimming. Not crowded. No... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2019
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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
+506 2653 0470
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the beach where turtles come to nest and the turtle centre is located just off the beach. We arrived later than planned and only had time to view the sunset, which was a nice place to do it from as the sun goes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank EssJayWhy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The estuary canoe tour with Jonathan was a highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. Jonathan is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and ecosystem. I saw night herons, crocodiles, howler monkeys...to name a few. I highly recommend this experience of touring estuary by canoe rather...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Playa Grande in Las Baulas National Marine Park and had a great morning. The beaches are very wide and have great waves. I walked about a mile to the north around a large rock that is surrounded at high...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Z6078AKdavidm
Reviewed 12 February 2019

We had loads of fun getting some sun, bougie boarding and watching the sunset. We made sure to bring lots of sunscreen.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KathyLMyles
Reviewed 4 February 2019

We rented a place on Playa Grande. Lovely beach, great for shelling and swimming. Not crowded. No turtles to be found but lots of surfers.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank toddb805
Reviewed 23 January 2019 via mobile

Look for esculpola or something like that. 30 bucks. We saw lot of herons, 2 large crocs. Two different families of howlers. Beautiful local CR

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John C
Reviewed 16 January 2019

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
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Reviewed 7 January 2019 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
Thank paolacM3862DD
Reviewed 1 January 2019

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 7 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
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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 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
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