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Las Baulas Marine National Park

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Imagine a stretch of coastline where the sea and the land meet, where the natural world thrives in all its simplicity, and where clear waters serve as a refuge for threatened species. This is the spirit of the sanctuary nestled along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Las Baulas Marine National Park, a coastal gem. Important details about this amazing location are provided here so you can picture what you can embrace for yourself on your next visit to Costa Rica.


One of Costa Rica’s most important protected areas, Las Baulas Marine National Park was created in 1991 and spans 54,400 hectares of maritime space in addition to 445 hectares of land. The park is widely recognized for providing vital nesting habitats for the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle, locally referred to as “baulas.” Year after year, these magnificent sea turtles—the biggest kind—return to these beaches to deposit their eggs, attracting tourists from all over the world to see this breathtaking event.


Situated on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, Las Baulas Marine National Park is easily accessible from popular tourist destinations such as Tamarindo and Liberia as it is precisely found in the Tamarindo and Cabo Velas districts of Santa Cruz canton, inside the Bay of Tamarindo. The park headquarters are situated in the town of Playa Grande, a quaint coastal community renowned for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning beaches.

Hours and Cost

Except from the turtle nesting season (October to February), when the beaches are only available until 5:00 p.m., the park is open to the public seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The entrance fee is $12 per person.

Things to Do

Explore the blue marvels of Las Baulas Marine National Park below to find the best things to do and undiscovered treasures tucked away in Costa Rica’s coastal treasure trove.


Turtle Nesting Tours

Observing the leatherback sea turtles as they nest is one of the primary draws of Las Baulas Marine National Park. During the nesting season (October to March), guided tours are offered, giving guests the chance to see these amazing animals in their native environment and hear about the conservation efforts being made to keep them safe.


Observing Wildlife

Las Baulas Marine National Park is home to a wide range of animals, including howler monkeys, iguanas, and several bird species, in addition to sea turtles. Discover the abundant biodiversity of the region by taking a leisurely boat ride among the mangrove estuaries or taking a leisurely stroll along the park’s pathways.


Snorkeling and Diving

Snorkeling and diving aficionados will find the park’s aquatic environment to be abundant with colorful coral reefs and marine life. Discover vibrant fish, sea turtles, and other amazing marine life while exploring the undersea environment.



Prominent for its top-notch surfing conditions, Playa Grande draws surfers of all kinds. This beach is a surfer’s dream come true because of the steady waves and sandy bottom breakers, which cater to both novices and expert surfers looking for a challenge.

General Recommendations or Tips While Visiting Las Baulas Marine National Park

A few tips to consider before visiting this national park are:

  • Respect Wildlife — Keep a safe distance and don’t interfere with the natural activity of any species, including sea turtles. Remember that you are stepping into their habitat, their home.
  • Don’t Overpack — Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear carrying only what is necessary because the park’s paths may require some walking or trekking.
  • Drink plenty of water — Remember to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout your trip to Costa Rica because the country’s tropical environment may get rather hot and humid.
  • Utilize Eco-Friendly Products — Use biodegradable sunscreen and steer clear of single-use plastics to reduce your environmental impact.

Recommended Items to Bring

Since you should be wise when packing and bring only the basic and truly necessary items, we recommend packing the following:

  • Hat and sunscreen. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
  • Snacks and Water. Drink lots of water and eat snacks to stay energetic and hydrated while on your trips.
  • Keep insect repellent on you. Use insect repellent to ward against bothersome insects, particularly around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Bring a camera and binoculars if possible. Use binoculars and a camera to enhance your animal viewing experience, especially if you spot them at a reasonable distance. Record special moments; you won’t want to miss anything that this enchanted national park has to offer.
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Best Time of the Year to Visit

The leatherback sea turtles’ breeding season, which usually lasts from October to March, is the ideal time to visit Las Baulas Marine National Park. Visitors may observe the nesting process at this period, and they could even spot hatchlings making their way to the sea. But the park’s recreational opportunities and scenic surroundings make it a worthy trip all year round, with different experiences to be had in each season.

Las Baulas Marine National Park is more than just a protected area; it’s a testament to Costa Rica’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism. Whether you’re marveling at the sight of nesting sea turtles, catching waves along pristine beaches, or exploring the rich biodiversity of the park’s ecosystems, Las Baulas offers a truly unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. By embracing responsible travel practices and supporting conservation efforts, visitors can ensure that this coastal gem remains a sanctuary for generations to come.
As the sun sets on your amazing trip to Las Baulas Marine National Park, think about staying longer to take in Costa Rica’s stunning scenery and lively culture.

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Other Attractions

After you have visited volcanoes and national parks you may want to observe (or cool off in) some of the many beautiful waterfalls while in Costa Rica. Be sure to view our full list of things to do in Costa Rica to ensure you’re experiencing all of the main attractions while on your vacation.
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