Las Baulas National Marine Park

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Las Baulas National Marine Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Playa Grande at Las Baulas park entrance
Map showing the location of Las Baulas National Marine Park
Map showing the location of Las Baulas National Marine Park
Location within Costa Rica
LocationGuanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Nearest cityTamarindo
Coordinates10°19′05″N 85°51′54″W / 10.318°N 85.865°W / 10.318; -85.865Coordinates: 10°19′05″N 85°51′54″W / 10.318°N 85.865°W / 10.318; -85.865[1]
Area7.7 square kilometres (1,900 acres) terrestrial
167.3 square kilometres (41,300 acres) marine
Established9 July 1991
Governing bodyNational System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)

The Las Baulas National Marine Park, in Spanish Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas is a National Park of Costa Rica, part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, and covers approximately 43.243 acres (175 km²) marine just north of the town of Tamarindo. It supports the largest nesting colony of leatherback sea turtles on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Female leatherbacks often come ashore at Playa Grande (Great Beach) between October and May to lay their eggs.

More than half the park is underwater and protected but still allows recreation, such as scuba diving. The park has white-sand beaches and forests. The forests are home to approximately 174 species of birds and many other animals. The National Park covers four beaches (Carbón, Ventanas, Grande and Langosta), as well as the Tamarindo estuary and mangroves at the mouth of the Matapalo River and the San Francisco River Estuary. To the north, the Cerros Morro and Hermosa are also included.[2]



  1. ^ "Las Baulas De Guanacaste National Park".
  2. ^ "Costa Rica National Parks".

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