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Las baulas National Marine Park

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Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, Guanacaste Province, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica

Las baulas National Marine Park

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Attractions of the Park

Biological Resources: About 117 species of trees and shrubs have been identified. 139 different species of birds, of which 55 are latitudinal migratory and 8 make migrations or seasonal movements within the country, 34% of these species need mangrove forests, 52% of these birds need forested areas.

Las Baulas National Marine Park is visited by three species of turtles: leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), black turtle (Chelonia agassizii).

Floristic Associations: Las Baulas National Marine Park are among others:

Deciduous dry forest (species of trees that throw the foliage in the dry season): in which, it is common to find species such as; pore pore, laurel, naked indian, pochote, strawberry tree, among others.
Semi-deciduous dry forest: in this sector the vegetation is more diverse, since it presents evergreen species (species that maintain the foliage all year round), the most representative species are: guapinol, guanacaste, black olive, rum-rum, tempisque, laurel, carao and others.
Vegetation of cliffs: mainly around the Morro hill, the vegetation is bent upwards by the action of the winds. The tree species found in this sector are: naked Indian, yayo, nance, white flower, cactus, cabuyas.
Gallery forest: these forests are formed by the combination of deciduous and evergreen species.
Mangrove forests: these are located in the estuaries, within the protected area there are about 5 types of mangrove: mangrove, mangrove piñuela, red mangrove, white or mariquito, mangrove rod.
Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea): It is par excellence the main attraction of this protected area, this being the main reason for the creation of this Park Nacional.La leatherback turtle is a species in a critical state of extinction worldwide, in the National Park this species has as nesting sites the beaches Langosta, Grande and Ventanas.
Wetlands: Among the wetlands is the Tamarindo estuary declared of world importance, San Francisco and Ventanas.
Surfing, Sun and Sea: Within the National Park there are beaches for the enjoyment and practice of water sports such as surfing in Playa Grande and Playa Langosta, shallow diving in Playa Carbón.
Services and facilities
Basic Services: Information Center, in the ranger house (there are basic services). Checkpoint on the beach. Checkpoint in the mangrove. Mangrove tour. Local guides.

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