Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Grande
(3.8/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Playa Grande itinerary maker to add Las Baulas National Marine Park and other attractions to your Playa Grande vacation plans.
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  • A park with a great variety of trees and shrubs, highlight the cocobolo among many others. I love playa Grande is a wonderful beach! Habitat of the leatherback turtle, the chelonian mas grande del mundo! I arrived rather late, I commented that now the season was over. Before you visit it I recommend asking at the hotel in which you hospedes you that assistance. Very quiet and safe to make travel.
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  • The effects of net fishing and global warming has reduced the leatherback turtle population to near extinction. I heard there was only 25-30 turtles nesting in the entire season the past couple years....  more »
  • Damn corrupt government!! There are no more turtles!!! Made them run all by dint of pretending to study them!! Tragedy!! Never and I mean never a tour paid with no tour operator! To their import only our money and certainly not of the poor creatureeeee!!
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  • Gorgeous beaches, calm and lovely environment with tons of nature to explore just minutes from Tamarindo.
  • Eastern Pacific Leatherback turtles main nesting place!! Such a cool experience
  • Beautiful. Stunning sunset views from three point.
  • Love the idea of the park for the tortoises. The guides are well informed. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see the tortoises because they weren't on the beach. I waited 4 hours but nothing. Of course they said that if you don't see the tortoises you don't pay.
  • Very nice people and the turtle tour was very eco friendly!