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Kayak to the Heart of the National Park

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Kayak to the Heart of the National Park

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Good for avoiding crowds


Get off the beaten path in Tamarindo on a kayak tour to Las Baulas National Marine Park. Latin America's largest mangrove estuary is only accessible by water, so you're sure to escape the crowds. No kayaking experience is necessary, as a nature guide shows you the basics and leads you on a peaceful paddle and hike to spot native Costa Rican wildlife like howler monkeys, iguanas, and exotic birds.
  • Explore an undeveloped mangrove forest rich with wildlife
  • No cars are allowed inside the park, so a boat tour is the only way to go
  • Learn essential kayak skills with a brief lesson before setting off
  • Step ashore for a guided nature hike and visit to an indigenous site
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Single or double kayak with comfortable seat pads, back rests and life jackets
Bottled water
Protective dry bag to keep your valuables safe from water damage
Mosquito spray
Suitable walking / tennis shoes
Pangas Beach Club , Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

We'll meet at the front of Pangas Beach Club

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11/8/2019 - 5/27/2023
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sol Eco Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kayak to the Heart of the National Park?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kayak to the Heart of the National Park?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Kayak to the Heart of the National Park?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kayak to the Heart of the National Park?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Awful and unsafe experience with rude guide.
, Apr 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 located, he told me "not now". My father started to feel bad and he did nothing to help us deal with him and instead spoke over us as we w were tending to him. I have done many tours, however this is the only one that has been truly awful and felt unsafe. I do NOT recommend this tour with this guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful area + knowledgeable guide = great experience for the whole family
, Apr 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).
Beautiful trip
, Mar 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth the price
, Mar 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-he was condescending. Highlight of trip, we saw monkeys. Felt that we would have enjoyed ourselves more if we had rented kayaks and explored on own.
Pleasant, informative morning out in the mangroves.
, Dec 2021
Tom (also called Luis, which helps you understand some of the other reviews) was great. We booked the night before and he was super helpful and got everything figured out. We had a very nice hour kayak trip, where we saw birds, interesting mangroves (all explained by Tom/Luis), then we took a hike through the woods, that was really interesting. I am pretty sure he knows these woods (with some interesting surprises) better than anyone. We then had an enjoyable float/paddle back. If you do this, definitely try to do it early (you have to time it with the tides). I highly recommend this if you like paddling (not too hard) and you are interested in learning more about the flora and fauna in Tamarindo.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Incredible time!
, Nov 2021
Luis was the most amazing guide. So passionate about the fauna and Flora in the mangrove swamps, and sharing his excitement with our kayaking group. His knowledge and information he shared opened our eyes to these amazing trees. He was attentive, funny, knowledgeable, and made sure everyone was safe at all times. This is a trip I would highly recommend, and ask for Luis!
What a fun experience!
, Jul 2021
Luis and Victor were so knowledgeable and very passionate. We had a great time hiking through the forest and seeing monkeys, crocodiles and birds. We also hiked up some ropes!!! Thank you for a memorable experience! I highly recommend!!
Great tour, fun and knowledgeable guides
, Jun 2021
Even though we were not able to kayak like we wanted to due to an unfortunate event that happened from the storm the night before our tour, Luis and Victor were so awesome in giving us a great tour via a boat. Luis was very knowledgeable and shared his fun personality in showing us plant life, animal life and facts about Costa Rica. He was great at answering any questions we had as well. Victor was a great boat sailor and helped make our viewing of howler monkeys fun and searching for crocodiles entertaining. We did get to see a young crocodile! I would recommend this tour via boat or kayak.
Kayak trip up the Tamatindo river and a 2 hour hike in the park.
, Feb 2020
Our guide was Tom who was very knowledgable and engaging. I enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.
neutral por no asistir por problema de salud
, Apr 2022
lamentablemente no pude asistir por un problema de salud , mi opinion puede ser considerada neutral igual estuvieron atentos a mi recuperacion , amables y con buena disposicion

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