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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0470
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Solitude everywhere

An impressive stretch of golden sand, home to surfers when we were there, but apparently a turtle... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Chris M
Vancouver, Canada
4 stars for a beautful beach, period. No turtles anymore- sad. And real estate agent signs all over but fraudulent!

There is nothing here beyond the lovely beach worth seeing or patronizing. The hotels and... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Mari M
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

An impressive stretch of golden sand, home to surfers when we were there, but apparently a turtle nesting area until March. Low bushland adjacent is impassable, unfortunately, but the beach itself is gorgeous and worth walking, especially at low tide. Hardly a soul around the...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 1 May 2017

There is nothing here beyond the lovely beach worth seeing or patronizing. The hotels and apartments are all so run down and nasty. There are real estate signs posted everywhere but I am told for the most part you cannot legally build and was warned...More

Thank Mari M
Reviewed 2 April 2017

No where near as touristy as Tamarindo. In fact it's very laid back and mellow. Wonderful waves and a cool surf vibe!

Thank carlfino
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We stayed at a house on Playa Grande for a week just North of the black rock and were able to enjoy the Marine Park and all of its natural glory. There is a distinct resolution among locals and visitors alike to preserve the environment...More

3  Thank HappyTrailsChicago
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Looking for sun and snorkeling oppertunities we came to visit the area of Las Baulas National Marine Park for 5 days. First of all, this is one of the few national parks that charges no entree fee. The park consists mainly of beach, some forest...More

4  Thank Alexander K
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Took the small boat across from Tamarindo ($1 pp). The beach it's stunning and when the tide is out it's incredibly wide! It's a turtle nesting/hatching area and so cannot visit after 6pm. Take water and sunscreen as there are no shops, stalls or shade....More

1  Thank n c
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Parque Marino Las Baulas is located in Playa Grande, Guanacaste. Playa Grande is a beautiful beach, you can see the most beautiful sunsets and is a nice spot for surfing and Turtle nesting. At the main entrance there is the main office where you can...More

2  Thank a-j260610
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Turtle seeing via a guide service provided by the park service is only available at night and the hopeful pay nothing if no turtles are seen, otherwise expect a fee of about $25.

1  Thank RobCope
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most spectacular beaches. Miles of preserved and flat coast with easy access. Great waves for surfing or boogie boarding. Water is clean and warm. A great place for long walks, running and biking on a big flat beach.Tons of unique...More

1  Thank lucky2324
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

About a 35 min drive from Tamarindo and it was well worth it! We came around 11:30 and there was hardly anyone on the beach! The small shack that sells tacos was perfect beach food. The waves are great for surfing. Be careful if you...More

1  Thank ondox5
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When is nesting season for the turtles at playa grande? Is there snorkeling in that area?
19 January 2017|
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Response from Lou L | 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
Hello, does anyone knows if we can see turtles during beginning to middle of march?
25 December 2016|
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Response from LH314 | 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
Ione S
We are thinking of renting a house on/near Playa Grande. Will we be restricted from walking on the beach at night? Do we have to be a part of a tour to access the beach?
28 October 2016|
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Response from K8errm24 | Reviewed this property |
People will patrol the beach for the turtles' safety, but you can walk the beach as long as you are not interfering or causing a disturbance. You should not take cell phones, iPads, or cameras because the turtles are very... More