Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

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  • 1. Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Conquistadors named this area Cabo Blanco on account of its white earth and cliffs, but it was a more benevolent pair of foreigners—Swede Nicolas...Read More

  • 2. Curú National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Established by former farmer and logger-turned-conservationist Frederico Schutt in 1933, this 106-hectare (262-acre) refuge is named after the...Read More

  • 3. Las Pumas Rescue Shelter

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Sad but true, one of the few places left in the country where you are guaranteed to see large wild cats, including a jaguar, is this animal...Read More

  • 4. Nesting giant leatherback turtles

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Playa Grande used to host the world's largest visitation of nesting giant leatherback turtles, but the number of turtles has fallen drastically...Read More

  • 5. Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This wildlife refuge protects one of Costa Rica's major nesting beaches for olive ridley turtles. Locals have formed an association to run the...Read More

  • 6. The Monkey Farm


    Despite the name, you’re likely to see more goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, and other farm animals than you are monkeys. At this volunteer-run...Read More

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