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Las Baulas National Marine Park

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if you want mangrove and crocodiles HEAD FOR TAMARINDO as that is where the Las Baulas boats set off from

We went where googlemaps took us and found a huge beach but no sight of mangroves, when we were... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Rufus B
Beckenham, United Kingdom
Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas are Beautiful!

These are very beautiful beaches along the Guanacaste coast and are unspoiled by development... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Peter J
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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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 18 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.

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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

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

Thank Peter J
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

Thank mandzb55
Reviewed 7 April 2018

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
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

3  Thank Karen Z
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

Thank fizzy1991
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
Reviewed 25 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
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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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