Las Baulas National Marine Park in Guanacaste

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Las Baulas National Marine Park, pronounced Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas in Spanish, is located on the Pacific coast comprised of 43 acres of land including Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas, Playa Hermosa, Playa Carbon, and Playa Langosta. It also includes the Tamarindo Estuary and mangroves, the San Francisco River Estuary, and the Cerros Morro. In 1990, Playa Grande was incorporated into the national park system after a 15-year dispute between developers and conservationists. Now it is one of the largest protected nesting grounds in the world for leatherback sea turtles (Baulas). The leatherback turtles are the largest sea turtles, weighing in at approximately 1,500 pounds (680kg) and about 6-feet (1.8m) in length. From October to March, around 800 leatherbacks lay their eggs at Las Baulas National Marine Park! Leatherback turtles lay between 60 and 100 eggs every 2-3 years but only about two-thirds hatch. Eggs incubate for 60-70 days; and from April to September baby turtles will hatch and make their way to the ocean. Leatherback turtles are in danger of becoming extinct in the Pacific so Las Baulas National Marine Park presents a rare opportunity for you to witness a dying phenomenon. Guided tours to witness leatherbacks in action can be scheduled at the ranger station in Playa Grande for $25. With concern for the ecosystems and preserving the sea turtle’s nesting sites, a limited number of visitors are allowed in the park each evening.
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