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Costa Rica Nature Pavilion

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Address: La Virgen, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2761 0801
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: The Nature Pavilion is conveniently located on the main highway halfway...
The Nature Pavilion is conveniently located on the main highway halfway between Tortuguero and Arenal in La Virgen Sarapiqui. Look for our large blue sign on the main road. Families, couples, elderly and students with every kind of camera have the opportunity to photograph toucans, hummingbirds, frogs and other exotic wildlife within 2 meters of the covered viewing areas. Guests can also explore the nature trails to the river. Visitors are instantly welcomed as they are greeted by Dave & Dave, the father and son owners. We offer refreshments, coffee, free Wi-Fi & secure parking.
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Photographer's paradise

If you are interested in photographing birds and you are going to Costa Rica, you cannot miss this place! The owners have set up a beautiful studio with different perches and they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Tallinn, Estonia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in photographing birds and you are going to Costa Rica, you cannot miss this place! The owners have set up a beautiful studio with different perches and they feed the birds regularly so you can easily get 15-20 species in one morning. I was there around 4 hours (the only photographer as it turned out) and... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Wow! What a great review by an excellent photographer. I just visited your blog and your images are beautiful. I can't wait to see how great your shots from here come out! Thanks to visitors like you the Nature Pavilion is becoming the highlight and the must-go-to destination for nature lovers and photographers. I will keep an eye on your... More 

Manchester, New Hampshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Nature Pavilion is a lovely place to visit. If you are interested in bird photography, this is the place to visit. There is a nice deck that is surrounded by natural perches with fruit to attract a large variety of birds. We really enjoyed relaxing on the deck and photographing the birds. David, the owner of the property, is... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to write this great review! Every review and recommendation helps support our wildlife projects. Make sure to stop by again when passing through the Sarapiqui area to get some more great photos of the lovely blue-gray tanagers! Your friend, Dave More 

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This place offers a great opportunity to see hummingbirds galore all while underneath a roof. We were able to spend a long time photographing hummingbirds as it poured. They have a nice path which is short and really well maintained. The owner is super nice and offered a lot of information about their goals and upcoming projects. It is only... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

\Hello from Paradise Mark, Thanks for stopping by to check us out. Your right about the covered viewing areas, they are great for keeping you dry in the rainstorms and cool on the warmer days. I hope your photos come out as great as they looked on your camera. Looking forward to seeing you back here next year rain or... More 

Oxford
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We spent a wonderful morning with David, the reserve founder, who patiently explained all the bird species to us. It was fantastic to see so many hummingbirds, and we greatly enjoyed the forest walk. Unexpected highlight was spotting a coati! We really enjoyed ourselves and David is a fantastic host and guide.

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

I am so glad you found your experience to be so “fascinating” and delightful. It was a pleasure sharing paradise with you and I thank you for contributing to the Nature Pavilion wildlife projects. Your friend Dave. More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We planned our trip to Costa Rica just so that we could visit this unique place. Their website is very informative and communication in advance of our arrival was prompt and efficient. If photographing neotropical Atlantic rainforest species is your thing, then make sure the Costa Rica Nature Pavilion is on your itinerary. Bird action is everywhere and is really... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this excellent review! It is always a pleasure to meet people who are just as enthusiastic about nature as we are. Thanks to visitors like you who take time to write reviews and recommend us, the Nature Pavilion is now a "must-see" destination venue in Costa Rica. Please be sure to send us your photos... More 

Guildford, England
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We arrived at 6am and spent not long enough with David, a fascinating and very kind man who has acquired many acres of rainforest and opened two viewing platforms for people to see the hundreds of birds who arrive daily . We could have stayed all day. David is so knowledgable ! Thank you for such an informative and beautiful... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words. It was great to meet you and I hope the rest of your time in Costa Rica is just as enjoyable. Best of travels. Dave More 

fareham
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16 reviews 16 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We went here as an additional trip to our tour of Costa Rica. Thank goodness we did. David is a truly lovely, kind man and his place to sit and watch humming birds and many species of other birds is an experience not to missed. We enjoyed it so much that we had to return the following morning to watch... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Chris, Helen & Roger, Thanks for visiting the Nature Pavilion. It was a great pleasure meeting all three of you and exchanging our stories. Best of travels and I hope to have the pleasure of seeing all of you again. Dave. More 

TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This amazing place surpassed all expectations we could possibly have had before experiencing it! The property is a manageable size with multiple habitats and several comfortable (and covered!) viewing areas from which to see AMAZING birds and hummingbirds at close range. You can also hike the property including stair steps down to a river - steep but much more accessible... More 

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David L, Manager at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

One of our best reviews to date! A great description of everything we offer especially the comfortable and covered viewing platforms that make it so easy to enjoy the wildlife of Sarapiqui rain or shine. It was a pleasure meeting the four of you. We hope to see you back here again! Dave and Dave More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

David Ramirez and his father did a very nice job by given a former palmplantation back to nature. In about thirty years they managed to make the 6 hectares they own to a real paradise for birds. Among them several tanagers and hummingbirds, but also Aracari, Woodpecker and Oropendela. And if you walk the one and a half hour trail... More 

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Good afternoon from paradise Frank, It was a real pleasure meeting you and discussing our wildlife projects. Thanks so much for explaining what the guests will expect to see and do here. As you mentioned our covered observation areas are a major attraction for all tourists in the Sarapiqui area on rainy days as the guests stay nice and dry... More 

Ubstadt-Weiher, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I really loved the place and stayed longer than intended. The bird activity is incredible and I did manage to get lots of great photos. Highly recommended.

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David L, Owner at Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, responded to this review

Hello Astrid, It was really fascinating getting to know you and your projects. Thanks so much for taking time to review the Nature Pavilion. Many of our guests are like you in that they spend more time than they had expected and enjoy every minute of it. Thanks again. Best. More 

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