Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwest end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates the beach is kept to the highest ecological standards. This is undoubtedly Cahuita’s …
Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Playa Cocles

Playa Cocles has impressive waves for surfers who aren't so keen to break skin and bones on nearby Salsa Brava (Costa Rica's biggest break). It has lefts and rights, which both break close to the steep beach. Condit…
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Caribbean

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo

This little-explored refuge – called Regama for short – protects nearly 70% of the southern Caribbean coast, extending from Manzanillo all the way to the Panamanian border. It encompasses 50 sq km of land plus 44 sq…
Park in Northern Caribbean

Parque Nacional Tortuguero

This misty, green coastal park sits on a broad floodplain parted by a jigsaw of canals. Referred to as the ‘mini-Amazon,’ Parque Nacional Tortuguero’s intense biodiversity includes over 400 bird species, 60 known sp…
Park in Southern Caribbean

Reserva Biológica Hitoy-Cerere

One of the most rugged and rarely visited reserves in the country, Hitoy-Cerere is about 60km south of Puerto Limón. The 99-sq-km reserve sits on the edge of the Cordillera de Talamanca, characterized by varying alt…
Wildlife Reserve in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Jaguar Centro de Rescate

Named in honor of its original resident, this well-run wildlife-rescue center in Playa Chiquita now focuses mostly on other animals, including raptors, sloths and monkeys. Founded by zoologist Encar and her partner,…
Gardens in Cahuita

Tree of Life

This lovingly maintained wildlife center and botanical garden 3km northwest of town on the Playa Negra road rescues and rehabilitates animals while also promoting conservation through educational programs. The rotat…
National Park in The Atlantic Slope

Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Enter this under-explored national park and you will have an idea of what Costa Rica looked like prior to the 1950s, when 75% of the country’s surface area was still covered in forest. It has extraordinary biodivers…
Wildlife Reserve in Cahuita

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

About 10km northwest of Cahuita, bordering the Río Estrella, the Arroyo family runs this private 88-hectare wildlife sanctuary dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned sloths. Visitors can observe these unique a…
Gardens in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Finca La Isla

West of town, this farm and botanical garden has long produced organic pepper and cacao, along with more than 150 tropical fruits and ornamental plants. Birds and wildlife abound, including sloths, poison-dart frogs…