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Costa Rica Nature Pavilion

Address: La Virgen, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 1-800-551-7604
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Nature Pavilion nature park is conveniently located on the main highway halfway between...
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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Fee: Yes
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Nature Pavilion nature park is conveniently located on the main highway halfway between Tortuguero and Arenal in La Virgen Sarapiqui. Look for our large white signs 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 pavilion. Guests can also explore the frog area and nature trails to the river. Visitors are instantly welcomed as they are greeted by Dave & Dave, the father and son owners. We offer refreshments, free Wi-Fi & secure parking.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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
2 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 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Costa Rica Nature Pavilion is an easily accessed covered platform with feeders for all types of birds including hummingbirds. If you have been out tromping through the woods and are ready for a respite with armchair bird watching then this is the place. In addition to the Pavilion they have trails as well but for me the main attraction... More 

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

Muchas gracias for the great review and description of what we offer here. This is exactly how we showcase the beauty of Sarapiqui. Thanks for helping us spread the word and supporting the project. I hope the rest of your trip was just as enjoyable. Best…Dave & Dave More 

dzebelman@gmail.com
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is an excellent opportunity to see all the tanagers that you have wanted to see. Fruit is placed on branches right in front of the viewing platform and the birds do not disappoint. It is not necessary to pay the full price for a tour. We did and chalked it up to helping Dave and Dave further their vision.... More 

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

Thanks so much for the great review. The birding is great and getting even better. Last year we were placing 60 bananas per day and this year we are now up to 100 per day! Thanks for supporting the project. The $20 self-guided tour that you experienced is by far our most popular tour that we recommend to all who... More 

Cumbria, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I had a fantastic experience here. Such a relaxed place and David senior was an excellent host - friendly, knowledgeable and an all round nice guy. The birds flock around and are so colourful and varied. A truly enjoyable experience that is highly recommended

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

Thanks so much for supporting our project by visiting and letting others know about us. It was a pleasure meeting you. Muchas Gracias. Dave More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Worth a stop here. David is a delightful person who has taken many acres of what was once a Palm Oil Plantation (!!!! Ecological disaster) and reforested it. And he and his son have worked tirelessly to bring the bird populations back. It's been a success. Stop in and see them. I feel confident that the $ goes to planting... More 

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

Thanks for taking time to visit us and to write such a great review! Word of mouth from our guests is the best way to support our project and ensure our future success. Thanks so much for making a difference. Best of travels, Dave & Dave More 

Voorburg, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

quiet and relaxing spot to watch a lot of different birds. The kolibris are just centimeters away and are humming around your head. The hospitality is perfect and we felt really welcome. The owner gave a lot of information about both birds, wildlife and the country. Perfect spot!

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

Hello my friends...thank you for the kind words. We enjoyed meeting the both of you and sharing the bounty of wildlife that Sarapiqui has to offer. We invite you to return for a second visit on your next trip to Costa Rica. Thanks again....Dave & Dave More 

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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I'd found this place on trip advisor and emailed David in advance about visiting on a given afternoon. I was a little dismayed to arrive in Costa Rica and find an email informing me my chosen afternoon was now fully booked but i could visit a day earlier. This meant i had a rather hectic 3 hours at the pavilion... More 

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

Great to hear from you. Glad you had an enjoyable and productive visit. Great that the tour with Alex Martinez was a highlight. It was our pleasure to meet your family and friends and spend the time with you. We look forward to your return next year. Best of good fortune with your photography plans. Best of travels, Dave More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We loved watching the birds here! The owner is very knowledgable. This is a great place to get photos since the subjects are not always backlit. Keep up the great work David!!!

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

Thanks for the support and encouragement. .It was a blast spending the day with you and sharing the great views from the observation platform. Simply by visiting us you have contributed to our mission of creating more habitat for the wildlife. Thanks so much! More 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is an spectacular spot for bird-photography and it features many cool species, including some hard-to-get targets. It isn't cheap, but trust me, it is worth every dime you pay. "The David's" (father and son) are cool - easy going dudes and will go the extra mile to get you the birds you want and how you want them. Nice... More 

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

Hey there and thanks for the great review. I am so glad you got the shot of the red-throated ant tanager that you were after. It came out beautiful. Looking forward to your next visit amigo! More 

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