Top things to do in Sarapiquí Valley

Gardens in Horquetas & Around

Heliconia Island

Drive down a rugged road, walk across the bridge and enter a masterpiece of landscape architecture that is home to more than 80 varieties of heliconias, tropical flowers, plants and trees. The 2-hectare island overl…
Wildlife Reserve in Chilamate & Around

Cinco Ceibas

In the huge, 1100-hectare Finca Pangola there is a swathe of dense, green primary rainforest, home to some of the oldest and largest trees in all of Costa Rica. This is Cinco Ceibas. And yes, there are five glorious…
Gardens in Horquetas & Around

Frog’s Heaven

The frogs hop free in this lovely tropical garden, which provides a perfect habitat for more than 28 species. On guided tours you’re likely to see old favorites like the red-eyed tree frog and poison-dart frogs, as …
Wildlife Reserve in La Virgen

Dave & Dave's Nature Park

Father and son Dave and Dave greet all comers to this 4.5-hectare reserve on the Río Sarapiquí, 200m north of the cemetery. You don't have to be a birder to get great glimpses or photos from the two viewing platform…
Pizza in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Restaurante y Pizzeria La Casona

The restaurant at Hotel Ara Ambigua is particularly recommended for its oven-baked pizza and traditional, homemade cuisine served in an open-air rancho (small house). If you're looking for something beyond the pizza…
Bar in La Virgen

Bar & Cabinas El Río

At the southern end of town, turn off the main road and make your way down to this atmospheric riverside hangout, set on rough-hewn stilts high above the river. Locals congregate on the upper deck to sip cold beers …
Fusion in Chilamate & Around

Rusti Tico's

Here's a spot for the frugal gourmet. Chef Horacio prepares everything from spaghetti in white sauce, with patacones (plantain fritters) on the side, to steamed fish with vegetables, in a savory white mushroom gravy…
Costa Rican in Chilamate & Around

Rancho Magallanes

Rancho Magallanes is a sweet roadside restaurant with a wood-burning brick oven where they roast whole chickens and serve them quite simply with tortillas and banana salsa. You can dine with the truckers by the road…
Zoo in La Virgen

Snake Garden

Get face to face with 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, including poison-dart frogs, rattlesnakes, crocs and turtles. The star attraction is a gigantic 80kg Burmese python. Make reservations for the night tour,…
American in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Congo Jack's BBQ

Here's a clean, tiny box of a restaurant that seems to have borrowed its gleaming white tiles from the clinic next door. It's borrowed its menu, certainly, from North America, with BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches and oth…