This long stretch of beaches is ideal for relaxing, sunbathing and exploring the El Morro Peak and nearby beaches called Ventanas and Carbón, surrounded by rocky cliffs and platforms from which brilliantly coloured little fish, trapped in the tidal pools can be seen at low tide without having to go snorkelling.
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The Playa Grande beach is where the leatherback turtle comes to lay its eggs. The leatherbacks take over the beach from November to April. They dig their nests one metre deep, lay their eggs and cover the pit with sand, returning once again to the sea. After 60 to 90 days, the hatchlings emerge and immediately make their way back to the water. Along the treacherous path, which measures only a few metres, they are easy pray for crabs, seabirds and various mammals, which means only a few of them are able to survive. Sometimes Pacific Ridley turtles also arrive to nest as they do at Santa Ana and Corcovado National Park.
This sea turtle can measure up to 2,5 meters and weigh around 700 kilos. Unlike other turtles, this species has no hard shell, but rather a black, leathery skin with ridges running lengthwise. It is the epitome of a nomad and its favourite food is the poisonous jellyfish. Like all other sea turtles, the leatherback spends its life in the warm, tropical seas, coming ashore only when the females nests. The beach and the Park Las Baulas are located in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Access is by means of the road from Liberia- Guardia- Filadelfia- Belén- Huacas- Mata Palo- Playa Grande
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Good beach break.