Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge Review
It's a shame that Caño Negro doesn't grab the same amount of attention in wildlife-viewing circles as other destinations in Costa Rica. The reserve is a splendid place to watch waterfowl and resident exotic animals, including cougars, jaguars, and several species of monkeys. If you're not staying at one of the two lodges up here, the refuge is most easily visited as a day trip from La Fortuna. Sunset Tours pioneered the Caño Negro excursions, but most every Arenal-area tour operator can set you up. There are no public facilities in the park, which consists mostly of wetlands fed by the Frio River and can be explored only by boat. Bring a camera, binoculars, and plenty of bug spray.
- Address: 180 km (108 miles) north of La Fortuna, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, 21402
- Cost: $5; fishing license $30
- Hours: Daily 7–4
- Location: Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge