Introducing Punta Burica
This lush peninsula jutting into the Pacific is a lovely spot for absorbing the beauty of both the rainforest and the coastline.
A very remote and rustic getaway, Mono Feliz offers cabins with mosquito nets, a freshwater pool frequented by monkeys and an outdoor kitchen for guest use. Guests can cook for themselves or pay US$25 extra for home-cooked meals. With your own gear you can camp onsite, with access to pool and bathrooms. Activities include nature walks (an excursion to Isla Burica at low tide is a highlight), fishing, surfing, bird-watching and horseback riding. English is spoken.
To arrive, start with an early bus from David to Puerto Armuelles (US$3, 2½ hours). From the Puerto Armuelles mercado municipal take a truck to Bella Vista. From here, it's a one-hour downhill walk. Mono Feliz is directly in front of Isla Burica. For private transportation from Puerto Armuelles, contact Spanish-speaking Yanilka or from the marina Eric does boat shuttles, weather permitting.
With a 4WD, there is dry season (mid-December to mid-April) access. From Puerto Armuelles keep heading south along the coast toward Costa Rica. Go through the Petroterminal and then veer directly onto the beach (attempt only at low tide). Continue up to a dirt road marked with a ‘Mono Feliz’ sign, about 30 minutes on.