Las Baulas National Marine Park
|Las Baulas National Marine Park|
Playa Grande at Las Baulas park entrance
|Location||Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica|
7.7 square kilometres (1,900 acres) terrestrial|
167.3 square kilometres (41,300 acres) marine
|Established||9 July 1991|
|Governing body||National 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.
Nesting a leatherback turtle.
American crocodile in the River Matapalo.
Sunset at Beach Grande
Surfing in Roca Bruja, Tamarindo.
- Las Baulas National Marine Park at Costa Rica National Parks
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