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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Region: North Pacific
Location: Guanacaste Province, near Tamarindo
Size: 936 land acres, 54,000 marine acres
National Park since:
Highlights: July 9, 1991
Facilities: Ranger Station at Playa Grande

This is the place to see the largest nesting colony of Leatherback sea turtles on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Visit between November and April and take a guided tour to watch this amazing and endangered sea turtles lay their eggs.

Las Baulas Park includes the beaches of Playa Grande, Carbon, Ventanas and Langosta. Surfing on Playa Grande is excellent and a must-do for the serious surfer.


Area de Conservacion Tempisque (ACT)
Apdo 5251
Hojancha, Costa Rica
Main: 506-659-9194

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above photo courtesy of
Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz