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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  • Lovely beach, full of beautiful conches and seashells. The water is rather cold, but the sand is soft and warm. There are several fireflies, butterflies and birds to watch. It is a bit windy, so I wouldn't recommend it for sun bathing, but it is perfect for a nice walk or run.
  • This place is a must for anyone near it. Since the beach is so big, it doesn't feel crowded even when there's a lot of people but it's not alone enough for it to be unsafe. Beautiful sunsets. Dangerous currents tho, great place for surfing.
  • Great place, the staff is great. Awesome views, lots of nature. Incredible place to see turtles, mostly leatherback and green turtle.
  • Beautiful beaches with lots of shells, small waves, but lots of rocks in parts of the washer also
  • Worth the look, saw a film on leather back turtles. They are an endangered species. Very informative.
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