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Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional

Getting there & away

Ostional village is about 8km northwest of Nosara village. During the dry months there are two daily buses from Santa Cruz (times change, so ask around), but at any time of the year the road can get washed out by rain. Hitching from Nosara is reportedly easy.

If you’re driving, plan on taking a 4WD as a couple of rivers need to be crossed. From the main road joining Nosara beach and village, turn north just before Supermercado La Paloma. Continue north for about 400m and you will see a pedestrian bridge over the Río Nosara. The river becomes deep in the rainy season, so approach it with respect; see the boxed text Driving Through Rivers, p551 before attempting to drive across a river. After the bridge, there’s a T-junction; take the right fork and continue 1.2km to another T-junction, where you take the left fork. From here, continue on the main road north to Ostional, about 6km away.

Beyond Ostional, the dirt road continues onto Marbella before arriving in Paraíso, northeast of Junquillal. Ask carefully before attempting this drive and use 4WD.

Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional