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This park is located in the province of Guanacaste, not too far from the popular city Tamarindo. The park is named after the biggest turtle in the world that comes to lay its eggs on the beaches’ sand. The leatherback turtle or Baula (in Spanish) can weigh up to 500 kg, sometimes more. The Marino Las Baulas National Park covers an area of 445 hectares at land and 220 km2 at sea and was established in 1991. It extends over an additional 12 km to protect sea turtles against poachers and dangerous tourists.
The vegetation of its flora is one of the most wild and exotic of Costa Rica. It is composed of dry forests, gallery forests and mangroves. As for its fauna, an impressive number of animal species make the composition. Of the 174 bird species, tourists will see: the white ibis, the ox egret, the teal, the Barbary duck and many others. Mammals are represented by: capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, raccoons, pacas, gray squirrels and many others. As for the reptiles, they are the American crocodile, the green marine iguanas and of course, the green and leatherback turtles.
Your visit to this park will allow you to notice that it is home to 4beaches: Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, Playa Ventanas and Playa Carbon; in which you can of course bathe and do water activities. During the day you will have free access to any of the beaches, but not at night. From 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, to observe the laying, you must necessarily be accompanied by a guide. Therefore, keep in mind that it is forbidden to take pictures, film or use any source of light. The park is one of the world's main nesting grounds for the leatherback turtle, but there are also green and black turtles that come to lay their eggs on the sand of the beaches from October to March. The laying is done mainly on Playa Grande’s sand.
It is an excellent park to visit with family and friends. The most appropriate time to visit it depends on the activity you want to do. If it is to observe nesting turtles, you must go during the months of October to March. If it is to enjoy the sun, the beach and water activities, December to May is the perfect time. However, if it is to observe birds, you will have to go during the months of February to April.
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