Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Montezuma

Montezuma Waterfalls

A 40-minute river hike leads to a waterfall with a delicious swimming hole. Further along the trail, a second set of falls offers a good clean 10m leap into deep water. Reach the 'diving platform' from the trail: do…
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…
Park in Playa Grande

Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste

Las Baulas national marine park encompasses the entire beach at Playa Grande, as well as the adjacent land and 220 sq km of ocean. Playa Grande is one of the world's most important nesting areas for the baula (leath…
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 …
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Peninsula

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Curú

Situated at the eastern end of the peninsula, this tiny, 84-hectare wildlife refuge holds a great variety of landscapes, including dry tropical forest, semideciduous forest and five types of mangrove swamp. Some 17 …
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 …
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 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…
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…
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…