Kayak to the Heart of the National Park

3 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket


Las Baulas National Park, created in 1990, is approximately 445 hectares & located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, near the town of Tamarindo. The Tamarindo estuary is the biggest mangrove estuary in Latin America and the only way to get to it’s heart is by water. This makes it a quiet and private place in comparison to many of Costa Rica’s other National Parks that are easily accessible by car. Come and enjoy the nature it has to share!


  • Single or double kayak with comfortable seat pads, back rests and life jackets
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Protective dry bag to keep your valuables safe from water damage

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Las Baulas National Marine Park, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Playa Grande 50308 Costa Rica

We’ll meet at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo where there is parking, bathroom & shower facilities.
Before setting out on a 35-minute kayak through lush mangroves I will brief you on the correct safety and paddling techniques.

On reaching the heart of the Park we’ll leave the kayaks ashore to hike numerous trails, observing as much wildlife as possible; howler monkeys, exotic birds, parrots, herons, cranes, iguanas, squirrels and others. You will see exotic plants, like dragonfruit cactus, wild hibiscus, mushrooms and big trees such as the garden of the forest and the national guanacaste tree.

We will visit and climb to the top of an archaeological site, built by the ancient indigenous people using rocks brought from nearby. Here we can see a stunning bird view of the tree canopy. This is a great place to observe the wildlife from above before returning to the kayaks for a refreshing drink and paddling back to Tamarindo.

During our adventure I will guide you, explaining the animal behaviours and plant life we see. Due to daily tidal changes it is important we schedule the tour 60 – 90 mins before high tide.

Duration: 3 hours

Time of tour

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Kayak to the Heart of the National Park
11/8/2019 - 10/12/2023
Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Meeting point

Pangas Beach Club, Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


  • Mosquito spray
  • Suitable walking / tennis shoes

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
January 2022

If you like to be active when experiencing nature while learning about some of the plants, animals and history of the area, this is your tour! Tom has a special way of sharing his knowledge and obvious passion for Las Baulas National Park. We were lucky to experince this on a beautful day with c...

January 2022

great adventure with Tom full of marvels in the amazing forest! Highly recommended! little money for a great great experience, kayaking back during the sunset is just magical, something you will never forget !! Tom is super fun and knows what he talks about. And you get to try the kayak-limbo ...

April 2022

It was an awful experience. The guide was incredibly rude, he gave us no safety briefing, no indications as to what the plans for the tour were and just told us to start paddling. We specifically had to ask him in which direction. When asked whether he could tell us more about where we were locat...

April 2022

Luis may seem a bit rough around the edges at first but he is knowledgeable and truly cares about the estuary. We are booking another tour with him later this week (turtle watching).

March 2022

Our guide Luis was very patient with novice kayakers. Our trip and hike were excellent, and he was very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and history.

March 2022

Our guide Luis had us paddle a long distance without telling us where we were going or to explain anything about the mangroves or estuary. He pointed out birds often without telling us the names or telling us anything about them. He assumed because we were 2 older women that we couldn’t paddle-...

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