Quepos to Uvita attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Dominical

Cataratas Nauyaca

This center, owned and operated by a Costa Rican family, is home to the coast's most impressive waterfalls, which cascade through a protected reserve of both primary and secondary forest. The family runs horseback-r…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Quepos to Uvita

Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge

Consisting of pristine beaches, riverbanks, mangrove estuaries, wetlands, primary and secondary forests, tree plantations and pastures, this 330-hectare nature reserve forms a key link in a major biological corridor…
Top Choice Waterfall in Uvita

Cascada Verde

Around 2.5km inland and uphill (toward the Cascada Verde hostel), this waterfall plunges into an inviting deep pool, perfect for a refreshing dip. The best part? The waterfall also acts as an exhilarating natural wa…
Top Choice National Park in Quepos to Uvita

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

Famous for its beach, which is shaped like whale's tail at low tide, the small but important marine park protects coral and rock reefs surrounding several offshore islands, along with migrating humpback whales, dolp…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Dominical

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

Around 1.5km east and uphill from Dominical, this wildlife sanctuary takes in injured and orphaned animals as well as illegal pets. Its mission is to rehabilitate those that can be and reintroduce them to the wild, …
Beach in Ojochal

Playa Ventanas

Tucked behind a grove of coco palms, this crescent-shaped, sand-and-pebble beach has elaborate rock formations at either end, and is called ventanas (windows) because on the northern side there are a couple of caves…
Nature Reserve in Ojochal

Reserva Playa Tortuga

Set up in 2009 by Costa Rican scientists, this excellent program conducts several important projects, including an inventory of local mammals, a monitoring of scarlet macaw and crocodilian populations in the reserve…
Nature Reserve in Uvita

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

A few kilometers before Uvita, opposite the turnoff to Oro Verde, is this 506-hectare national wildlife refuge (and former cattle ranch), with primary and secondary forests and mangroves lining the Río Morete. Here …
Zoo in Dominical

Parque Reptilandia

Seven kilometers up the Dominical–San Isidro road, this reptile haven is the closest thing humans have to Jurassic Park. It's got everything from crocodiles to turtles and snakes to poison-dart frogs, and our favori…
Nature Reserve in Uvita

Reserva Biológica Oro Verde

A few kilometers before Uvita you’ll see a signed turnoff to the left on a rough dirt road (4WD only) that leads 3.5km up the hill to this private reserve on the farm of the Duarte family, who have lived in the area…