Giant Leatherback Turtles
Las Baulas National Park is home to the endangered Leatherback turtle, the largest of the sea turtles. The turtles come ashore to lay their eggs from October to March. Turtle tours are offered from Playa Grande and Tamarindo. The number of Leatherback turtles has seriously declined as a result of egg collection and from Asian shrimp vessels and long-line fishing boats. The Leatherback Trust strives to conserve the Leatherback and you can donate through their website.
Getting to Playa Grande
Playa Grande is located just north of Tamarindo. Cars can be rented in San Jose (4 hrs), Liberia (1 hr) and in Tamarindo (30 min). The closest national airport is Tamarindo Airport, serviced by Nature Air and Sansa. Bus shuttles to Tamarindo can be arranged through Interbus and Grayline. Taxi service by car and by boat from Tamarindo to Playa Grande is readily available.