Las Baulas National Park

Location: North Pacific

Playa Grande plays host to the giant leather back turtles. These enormous sea creatures, weighing more than 600 pounds, nest each year on the beach. The leather back season runs from October through March; however Playa Grande offers more than turtles. Canoe through the Tamarindo Estuary with more than 1200 acres of salt water jungle comprised of red, white, black and the rare tea mangrove, an area which shelters hundreds of species of birds and animals. There are wonderful tidal pools for snorkeling, bathing and exploration. Ride horses on the beach with the surf at your side! Costa Rica’s most consistent surf break is at Playa Grande. Deep Sea fishing can also be arranged.

Activities in the area: Canoeing, estuary tours, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, sport fishing, surfing, turtle tours.