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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Playa Grande 50308, Costa Rica
+506 8534 8664
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Great Beach

Went here twice first at low tide and it was a huge wide beach covered in little spiral shells and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Seattle, Washington
Really good support for, and interesting information about, wonderful endangered turtles

Went there to see leatherback turtles which unfortunately didn't turn up but the people there were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mark D
Portishead, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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
+506 8534 8664
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Went here twice first at low tide and it was a huge wide beach covered in little spiral shells and hermit crabs. Water coming in over the low beach was warmer than our shower most of the time. Maybe 20 other people on the miles...More

Thank evetsc
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went there to see leatherback turtles which unfortunately didn't turn up but the people there were great in giving a talk and showing a film all about the national park and the plight of turtles - very interesting indeed. You need to put your name...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the estuary tour with Jonathan, 506 8534 8664, who is associated with the Las Tortugas hotel, the owner is a preservationist and taught him all he knows. He is very informative with a fantastic eye for finding birds, crocodiles and monkeys. We also...More

1  Thank iviej2017
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Huge, empty, gorgeous beach! We walked and played in the surf for hours without seeing anyone except a strolling guitar player. Highly recommend!

1  Thank meganite2017
Reviewed 30 July 2017

If you like to enjoy nature at its best with out having to worry about crowds of people this is the place. The beach is huge and you can find a lot of different places to relax and enjoy the site.

Thank SBE73
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed in a house in palm beach estates and walked to the beach every day. From the shore you can't see the houses they are hidden by the trees which gives the beach a very natural beautiful setting. There were some groups of surf...More

Thank Julie A
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We came here with Caravan to watch an informational video and use the restrooms. The video wasn't working though, so our tour guide just summarized the groups efforts. I would go, just to give a donation to support their efforts with turtles. Two men were...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We were at the beach during low tide. My husband and son walked across the mouth of the river to tide pools on the other side. There are signs that there are crocodiles in the river but we didn't see any-- nonetheless, we were not...More

Thank April P
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Such a nice quiet beach surrounded by nature and wildlife, definitely worth a visit if you are in CR!

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Not much here but a beautiful unspoilt beech with great views and great surf - you can walk for miles

Thank Alan898
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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 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
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