Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Grande

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Head to Las Baulas National Marine Park, a sanctuary protecting Costa Rica’s largest population of nesting leatherback sea turtles on the Pacific coast. The park, which covers over 175 sq km (42 sq mi), is home to beaches featuring pristine white sand and crystal clear waters. Though most of the park consists over protected marine environment, you can go scuba diving, snorkeling, and free diving to examine the local marine life. Bring plenty of food and water with you. Put Las Baulas National Marine Park into our Playa Grande travel planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • The beauty of the beach is there is no development. It is one of the last undeveloped beaches in the world.  more »
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  • The Leatherback turtles are so scarce, only a dozen nested last year along this beach. We waited all evening in the hope of a call but didn't receive one. It takes 20 years to protect enough turtles to see them return to lay eggs themselves. A great project and hopefully will make a big difference.
  • Amazing leatherback nesting tour! Make sure you or your hotel call a week ahead to schedule. We were lucky to see a turtle...so few nest here anymore
  • The most beautifull beach of Guanacaste, fantastic waves for surfing. Paradise on earth. 20 minutes driving from Tamarindo.
  • Most beautiful place I and my wife have ever been. Fell in Love with Costa Rica,. Pura Vida, happy life.
  • Beautiful beach, where Baula Turtles nest. Coming from the main entrance, you walk right into Ventanas Beach, if you walk towards the west, past the reef, there is a small beautiful beach called Carbón; even when Playa Grande is full of people, this little beach is always lonely and the sea is warm and almost with no waves, which suited us perfectly, since we got two babies. Worth the 5 hour trip from San José.

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