Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste
Playa Grande is considered to be one of most important nesting sites in the entire world for the baula or leatherback turtle. In 1991,...
The longest-running outfitter in town organizes a variety of tours including visits to turtle-nesting sites.
Parque Nacional Marina Las Baulas De Guanacaste office
The official Tamarindo branch of the nearby national park, they book turtle-spotting night tours and offer daytime estuary tours. This...
The best snack in town is at this US-run surf camp, where you can order the famous ‘nachos as big as your ass’ (or sushi rolls) while...
Playa Grande information
Playa Grande is an undeveloped wilderness beach that's equally famous amongst conservationists and surfers alike. By day, the offshore winds create steep and powerful waves, especially at high tide and in front of the Hotel Las Tortugas. By night, an ancient cycle continues to unfurl as leatherback sea turtles bearing clutches of eggs follow the ocean currents back to their birthplace.
Since 1991, Playa Grande has been part of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, which prevents beachfront development and ensures that one of the most important leatherback nesting areas in the world is preserved for future generations.
Although there are a few accommodation options near the beach, they are set back from the shoreline and carefully managed to ensure that ambient light is kept to a minimum.