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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands Area de Conservacion Guanacaste 12.7 mi away
#1 of 8 Nature & Parks in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
They have a shop with many souvenirs, rooms, restaurant and beautiful small park where you can find small horses, iguanas, small green parrots, monkey, some big birds and many home animals and birds like bulls, go...
Beautiful and colorful wet lands of the Palo Verde National Park borders the Eastern portion of the Hacienda with the Tempesque River flowing through it.
Palo Verde National Park Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica 14.7 mi away
#13 of 94 Nature & Parks in Province of Guanacaste
It took around an hour and a half to get to the park & we boarded the boat with an extremely knowledgeable guide & very observant captain seeing many crocodiles, iguanas, bats, a plethora of birds, howler monkeys...
While we were hesitant about the 1.5 hour trip from our villa to the park, we were pleasantly surprised with the knowledge and friendliness of the tour guide as well as the route he took to the park.
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Playa Avellana Playa Avellanas 17.3 mi away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Playa Avellanas
Out of all the beaches in this region, Avellana had the best water, surrounding nature, quality sand, peaceful atmosphere and surfable waves.
You can park near the water for $4 (2000 colones).
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Monkey Park Tamarindo 11.4 mi away
#3 of 7 Nature & Parks in Tamarindo
We were immediately greeted by an amazing volunteer named Nancy and she spent the next hour and a half or so walking us around the park, explaining the stories of each of the animals, their journey, their plan for...
We recommend a visit in the morning both because the animals have just been fed, AND there is a better likelihood of having Nancy as your guide through the park.
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Playa Conchal Playa Conchal 17.9 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Playa Conchal
Go in the morning, park your car close to Brasilito Fish Market (parking is free there), it is just a 10 min walk to reach the Playa Conchal but it is totally worth it!
The beach is accessible by 4x4 or you can park in the local town and take a short 1/2 mile walk to access this beach.
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Tamarindo Beach Tamarindo 17.7 mi away
#2 of 7 Nature & Parks in Tamarindo
I think it's a great area to stay for a few days and even use as a base to visit the surrounding beaches and parks.
The national Park, Tamarindo Surf House, Diria Hotel are all recommended.
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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Santa Cruz
If you want to see this wonder of nature, here are some recommendations... *Please be prepared to drive about an hour on an unpaved, bumpy dirt rode, to this remote beach.
We had a guide from the park who told us there would be 18,000 by the end of the night and 100,000 by the end of the week.
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary Nosara 20.3 mi away
#1 of 3 Nature & Parks in Nosara
Vicky is witty and loving in her educational talks, and inspired my children (10, 12) to learn more about how to work as conservationists in our daily lives to reduce our negative impact on nature.
If you love nature, animals and has a big heart, I advise you to come as a volunteer for a month or more, to live at the paradise, best surf spot and take care of small babies .
Potrero Beach Playa Potrero 18.7 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Playa Potrero
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Playa Manzanillo Nicoya 11.1 mi away
#5 of 6 Nature & Parks in Nicoya
San Juanillo Beach San Juanillo 18.9 mi away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in San Juanillo
There are a few constructions there so you can enjoy all the time of nature
No big buildings around and pure nature and local people around.
Barra Honda National Park Nicoya 19.0 mi away
#3 of 6 Nature & Parks in Nicoya
To step right into Jurassic Park, face the elements as an adventurer, and come out a modern day Indiana Jones(minus the small Asian child following you around).
You can just hike around the park, which is interesting in itself, as there are howler monkeys and other species of creatures throughout the park, but the cave is the true "must see", especially if you've never be...
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Las Baulas National Marine Park Playa Grande 18.6 mi away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Playa Grande
Such a nice quiet beach surrounded by nature and wildlife, definitely worth a visit if you are in CR!
We stayed at a house on Playa Grande for a week just North of the black rock and were able to enjoy the Marine Park and all of its natural glory.
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Parque Bernabela Ramos
#2 of 3 Nature & Parks in Santa Cruz
Diria National Park Nicoya 0.2 mi away
#6 of 6 Nature & Parks in Nicoya
We saw more wildlife in the small river that forms the 'visitable' terrain of the park than we did at Vieja de la Rincon and Santa Rosa combined (howler monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, Egrets, parrots, kingfishers,...
Pitahaya Beach
#3 of 3 Nature & Parks in Santa Cruz
Playa Brasilito Brasilito 17.7 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Brasilito
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Tamarindo EcoAdventure Center Tamarindo 17.5 mi away
#5 of 7 Nature & Parks in Tamarindo
Playa Flamingo Playa Flamingo 18.8 mi away
#1 of 1 Nature & Parks in Playa Flamingo
Its an amazing beach, you can park almost on the beach.
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Brasilito Beach Brasilito 17.8 mi away
#2 of 2 Nature & Parks in Brasilito
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Playa Mina Playa Conchal 19.2 mi away
#2 of 2 Nature & Parks in Playa Conchal
There are spots to park your car in the shade and places to set up in the shade also.
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Playa Danta Las Catalinas 20.6 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Las Catalinas
As the Catalinas development continues just behind the beach, expect that more services (and people) will change the nature of the place.
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife Nosara 22.0 mi away
#3 of 3 Nature & Parks in Nosara
Wonderful place that's dedicated to saving animals and getting them back to nature
Brenda’s passion and determination were evident as she led our tour group through an informative presentation at the outset, explaining the perils to wildlife in Costa Rica--those not only imposed by nature, with...
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) Nosara 22.8 mi away
#2 of 3 Nature & Parks in Nosara
Families, surfers, bikers, dogs, yogis and nature lovers converge to worship the sea and the tide pools and the ever varying exceptional sunsets.
Rent surf boards close by... on the other side of the nature reserve.. just a 5 minute walk away.
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Playa Cuajiniquil Cuajiniquil 18.4 mi away
#2 of 3 Nature & Parks in Cuajiniquil
Playas del coco Playa Matapalo 21.6 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Playa Matapalo
Nice park area with many things to do including shopping, food and fun places to hang out, enjoy the beach and watch the sunset!
Calm Bay with incredible views and beach front Park - charming beach town!
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Playa Hermosa Playa Hermosa 23.0 mi away
#1 of 2 Nature & Parks in Playa Hermosa
It was also an easy distance (30 mins) to Diamante Eco Park.
There are plenty of trees to park your towel or chair and relax.
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