Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Sights

Curú National Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Curú)

  • 7 km (4½ miles) south of Paquera on road to Cóbano, left side of road Map It
  • Paquera
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Fodor's Review

Established by former farmer and logger-turned-conservationist Frederico Schutt in 1933, this 106-hectare (262-acre) refuge is named after the indigenous word for the spiky-barked pochote trees that flourish here. The reserve is home to hordes of phantom crabs on the beach, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys in the trees, red brocket deer grazing in open fields, and plenty of hummingbirds, kingfishers, woodpeckers, trogons, and manakins (including the bird-watcher's coveted long-tailed manakin). The refuge, classified as a Blue Flag project, is working on building an artificial reef. Visitors can stay in very basic beachfront cabins with solar power ($30 per person, including entrance fee); meals are $10 each. Call ahead to arrange for lodging, guides, horseback riding, kayaking tours, and early-morning bird-watching walks. The entrance fee is $10.

Sight Information

Address:

7 km (4½ miles) south of Paquera on road to Cóbano, left side of road, Paquera, 60105, Costa Rica

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Phone:

/2641–0100

Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Daily 7–4

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