Cave in Parque Nacional Barra Honda

Parque Nacional Barra Honda Caverns

This 23-sq-km national park protects a system of some 40 caverns. The only cave with regular public access is the 41m-deep La Terciopelo, which has incredible speleothems – calcite figures that rise and fall in the …
Museum in Islita Area

Museo Islita

Facing the soccer field, this little museum is an imaginative contemporary art house, crusted with mosaic murals. It's basically a studio and gallery, featuring artwork and handicrafts by local artists. Pick up a ma…
Wildlife Reserve in Islita Area

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Camaronal

A good beach and point break lies north of Punta Islita at Playa Camaronal, a charcoal gray stretch of sand strewn with driftwood and sheltered by two headlands. This beach also happens to be a protected nesting sit…
Wildlife Reserve in Playa Carrillo

La Selva

Up the hill and about 200m east of the beach, La Selva is a small but well-maintained wildlife refuge, with monkeys, iguanas, alligators, pizotes (coatis) and other critters. You can use your ticket twice: come in t…
Gardens in Playas San Miguel & Coyote

Mike's Jungle Butterfly Farm

Mike's beautiful 47-acre mountainside property includes walking trails and a butterfly rancho. In addition to the butterflies, you might spot howler monkeys, agoutis and iguanas. He also has colonies of wild bees; y…
Zoo in Islita Area

Ara Project

A local NGO that is dedicated to the conservation of Costa Rica's two species of macaw: the great green macaw and the scarlet macaw. The group rehabilitates injured or rescued birds and eventually reintroduces them …
Zoo in Nosara Area

Refuge for Wildlife

Make an appointment for an educational visit to this animal rescue center. Brenda Bombard is an incurable animal lover who has devoted the last 16 years to caring for injured and abandoned howler monkeys. Two-hour t…
Zoo in Nosara Area

Sibu Sanctuary

Reservations are absolutely required to visit this wildlife sanctuary, set on 50 glorious acres of jungle and garden. The sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and eventually releasing howler monkeys wh…
Beach in Islita Area

Playa Corzalito

South of Punta Islita, Playa Corzalito is backed by mangrove swamps, offering plenty of opportunities to spot birds and other wildlife.
Beach in Islita Area

Playa Bejuco

South of Punta Islita, Playa Bejuco is backed by mangrove swamps, offering excellent wildlife watching opportunities.