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Curi Cancha Reserve (Monteverde)
Ranked #1 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Owner description: To protect of natural resources of the planet operating through an economically and environmentally sustainable business that... more » Owner description: To protect of natural resources of the planet operating through an economically and environmentally sustainable business that preserves local forests and biodiversity, benefits people of the area, and provides the highest quality experience for the visitor. Walk along beautiful natural trails with an experienced guide and see different species of birds and mammals. Learn about the amazing diversity of the cloud forest. « less
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Ranked #2 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: National Parks
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Ranked #3 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: El Pinto Expeditions offers daily specialized private horseback rides in Cabuya(near Montezuma). Beach, Jungle and Overnight... more » Owner description: El Pinto Expeditions offers daily specialized private horseback rides in Cabuya(near Montezuma). Beach, Jungle and Overnight Moon rides. The horses are family to us, so we love and take good care of them. They are well suited to trail riding, and we care very much about matching people with the right horse. Our speciality is beginner to intermediate level. Marvin gives instructions on techniques for safety & comfort for both the rider & the horse. « less
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Ranked #4 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Horseback Riding Stables in Costa Rica . Horse Trek Monteverde is based in the beautiful area of the Monteverde Cloud... more » Owner description: Horseback Riding Stables in Costa Rica . Horse Trek Monteverde is based in the beautiful area of the Monteverde Cloud Forests. For over 18 years, Marvin Anchia and Janet Ellis have been offering horseback riding tours on well-loved and cared for horses. Rides include: 2.5 hours Mountain & Farm View Ride; 4 hours in the Clouds Ride; Eden Falls Secret Waterfall and Hike Combo; All Day Cowboy Ride and Multi-Day, 2-8 day Horseback Riding Holidays. « less
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Playa Hermosa (Santa Teresa)
Ranked #5 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Rainmaker Park (Parrita)
Ranked #6 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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The Bat Jungle (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #7 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: # 85 live bats free-flying in our huge enclosure, designed to resemble the cloud forest at night# Guided tour by professional... more » Owner description: # 85 live bats free-flying in our huge enclosure, designed to resemble the cloud forest at night# Guided tour by professional guides takes about 45 minutes# The tour is both informative, educational and entertaining, with a focus on biology and conservation# Cleverly designed interpretive exhibits, like our giant ears, huge bat heads, and bat skeleton.# You will see, at close range, 85 tropical fruit-eating and nectar-feeding bats from the Monteverde area# Our bats fly, eat, socialize, and even give birth before your eyes « less
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Ranked #8 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
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Ranked #9 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Equestrian Trails
Owner description: Horseback riding is perhaps one of the best ways to discover the wonders of the rainforest; we have some of the nicest horses... more » Owner description: Horseback riding is perhaps one of the best ways to discover the wonders of the rainforest; we have some of the nicest horses and the best views in the area, come and discover nature at its best in our private exclusive 80-acre property. We have 2 great options to choose from:Option #1 This is our signature 3 hour tour. The tour starts at our beautiful Herradura base just 10 minutes from Jaco Beach and Los Suenos area, once you arrive we will get prepared to depart on your journey, to the waterfalls and swimming pools, if you are lucky along the way you will have the opportunity to spot some great wild life such as: Tucans, Scarlet Macaws, White Face Monkeys. Upon arrival to the swimming area we will set up some fresh tropical fruits and water, and you will have some time to hang out and enjoy the waterfalls and natural slide. Duration: 3 hours. Departure Times: 9:00am, 10am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. What to bring: Water shoes and swimwear , mosquito repellent, long pants, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera. Includes: Bilingual guides, entrance to the Waterfalls, insurance, helmets, fruits and water.Option #2 This is our shorter version of our Horseback Tour, The tour starts at our beautiful Herradura base just 10 minutes from Jaco Beach and Los Suenos area, once you arrive we will get prepared to depart on your journey, this tour will take you to some great mountain trails, if you are lucky along the way you will have the opportunity to spot some great wild life such as: Tucans, Scarlet Macaws, White Face Monkeys. Duration: 1.5 hours. Departure Times: 9:00am, 11am and 1:00pm. What to bring: Long pants, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sunglasses and camera. Includes: Bilingual guides, insurance, helmets, and water. « less
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Montezuma Falls (Montezuma)
Ranked #10 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Waterfalls
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Playa Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa)
Ranked #11 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #12 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #13 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Gardens
Owner description: The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels of insects and arachnids for over 20 years. Our... more » Owner description: The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about the marvels of insects and arachnids for over 20 years. Our mission has always been to change the way people view these small but fantastically diverse animals. It is not hard either- with 4 different butterfly habitats housing up to 30 species of butterfly, a leaf cutter ant colony and over 20 species of live Costa Rican insects and arachnids in our nature centre we have something that will melt the heart of even the most devout bug crusher! A dedicated and passionate group of staff and volunteers will guide you on a tour through our three acre facility where you will see just some of the amazing insects and arachnids Costa Rica has to offer! The property is lush and full of other Costa Rican favourites such as capuchin monkeys and agoutis! Birders will not be disappointed with wrens galore and common visits from Keel Billed toucan, blue crowned motmot and the occasional appearance of the famed bell bird. We are open 365 days a year, so drop by whenever you can! « less
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Sabine's Smiling Horses (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #14 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety of horse treks, from $ 19 US per hour to day trips... more » Owner description: Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety of horse treks, from $ 19 US per hour to day trips to specialty tours including a Full Moon Ride. Several multi-day treks are also on offer. Sabine's Smiling Horses is a true destination in Costa Rica. « less
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Ranked #15 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Nature Park is part of a 25-acre private wildlife refuge and protected corridor withthree primary nature exhibits,... more » Owner description: The Nature Park is part of a 25-acre private wildlife refuge and protected corridor withthree primary nature exhibits, including Turtle Ponds, and several user-friendly“nature interpretive” trails located across from Si Como No Resort & Spa.The Nature Park features a unique Butterfly Atrium and Amphibian Botanical Gardens with guided “Jungle Night Walks”, plus one-of-kind Reptile Lagoons with Crocodiles,Caymans and Turtle habitats. The refuge includes a variety of Flora and Fauna, including a medicinal garden and natural habitats for three species of primates and variety of birdspecies.The primary mission of the project is to help conserve biodiversity by informing visitors ofthe importance of appreciating and in turn protecting our precious natural resources.The guided tours are in English and Spanish. Comfortable shoes & binoculars are recommended. Children under 6 are free with discounts for children 6 to 12. The six (6) tours offered are: 1) The Butterfly Botanical Gardens 2) Reptile Lagoons 3) The Butterfly Botanical Garden and Reptile lagoons 4) Combination Exhibitions and nature Walk 5) Nocturnal Jungle Walk and Tropical Aquatic Garden 6) Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge Birding Tour « less
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Playa Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio National Park)
Ranked #16 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches

The blue water of this coast provides exceptional challenge and excitement for seasoned, as well as occasional angles. International bill fishing tournaments in these waters... more »

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Ranked #17 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Corcovado Info Center is a tour operator located in Drake Bay, owned by Kenneth Mora Mendoza, tour guide with over ten years... more » Owner description: Corcovado Info Center is a tour operator located in Drake Bay, owned by Kenneth Mora Mendoza, tour guide with over ten years of extensive experience and knowledge of the Corcovado National Park, Cano Island and the Osa Peninsula. We are specialists in overnight trips to the Corcovado National Park where you can see amazing wildlife, forest and beautiful nature. Also we do many other tours in the area, such as whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling at Cano Island, Terraba-Sierpe Mangrove Forest excursions and more. Contact us if you would like to have a great experience in the National Park. « less
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Hummingbird Gallery (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #18 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #19 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Tours; Forests
Owner description: The Bajo del Tigre sector is physically separated from the Children's Eternal Rain Forest and is managed by the MCL. Bajo del... more » Owner description: The Bajo del Tigre sector is physically separated from the Children's Eternal Rain Forest and is managed by the MCL. Bajo del Tigre is situated in Monteverde and is approximately 29 hectares in size, although the property is surrounded by other forested properties in the zone. The type of forest found in Bajo del Tigre is rare and it is poorly represented in the country. This is because these forests were cut down to make way for coffee plantations and urban zones. Bajo del Tigre presents an altitudinal range from 1,020 to 1,380 meters above sea level and receives over 2,400 mm of rain annually. In this type of seasonal forest, the dry period extends from January through the beginning of May.Bajo del Tigre has a reception center for visitors and a gift shop with items related to our organization and conservation in general. In addition, next to the reception center is a "kids' house" oriented to environmental education for local kids. The main visitors of Bajo del Tigre are national and international students. However, it is being used more and more by ecotourists and occasionally by researchers. In Bajo del Tigre, there are about 4.4 km of trails that allow you to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area, as well as an excellent view of the sunset over the Nicoya Gulf. « less
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Ranked #20 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Up in the Cloud Forest (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #21 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: National Parks
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Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (Puerto Jimenez)
Ranked #22 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the... more » Owner description: Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the sanctuary. « less
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Cano Island (Drake Bay)
Ranked #23 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Islands
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Ranked #24 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
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Ranked #25 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: National Parks
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Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge (Manuel Antonio National Park)
Ranked #26 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: National Parks
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Ranked #27 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Other; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; National Parks; Beaches
Owner description: El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena se encuentra en el departamento de Puntarenas (Pacifico Central) es un hermoso parque de... more » Owner description: El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena se encuentra en el departamento de Puntarenas (Pacifico Central) es un hermoso parque de playa donde cuando la marea baja se une una isla al continente y forma la cola de una ballena. Tiene unas hermosas playas calidas y transparentes y una vegetacion agreste. « less
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Ranked #28 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Gardens
Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our... more » Owner description: The Monteverde Orchid Garden is a place where you can enjoy beauty that is found in the marvelous world of orchids. Our garden has a large collection of orchids; we have more than 425 different species. You can find species that are endemic to Monteverde, and a collection of miniature orchids, including the smallest one in the world. We offer guided walks both in English and Spanish. We are in a great location in down town Santa Elena. « less
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Santa Elena Skywalk (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
Ranked #29 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Bridges
Owner description: Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trails,... more » Owner description: Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trails, suspension bridges for a more tranquil introduction to the ecology and natives of the forest canopy, constructed within the cloud forest. It allows a vision of the forest from a different perspective which starts with a walk on the ground taking you up to explore the treetops, a hardly discovered habitat, called the “canopy” with a naturalist guide. Also discover the night wildlife at our Sky Walk Night Tour. « less
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Ranked #30 of 122 attractions in Province of Puntarenas
Category: Waterfalls; Gardens
Owner description: Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is unique in Costa Rica. It is truly a "Visual Masterpiece". The gardens begin with the... more » Owner description: Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is unique in Costa Rica. It is truly a "Visual Masterpiece". The gardens begin with the natural beauty of Costa Rica and four waterfalls in the property with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. To this millions of plants, flowers and orchids from all over the world have been added. Manicured walkways meander long a river and at the crest of the mountain which make the entire 50 acre gardens accessible to all. Have lunch in our restaurant and browse the gift shop that offers authentic Costa Rica gifts. « less
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