Cabo Blanco National Park

Cabo Blanco has its own special place in the history of Costa Rica, becoming the first National Park in Costa Rica in 1963. The Reserve encompasses 1,270 hectares of mixed forest and 1,788 hectares of ocean belong to the protected area as well.

The forest provides refuge to a large variety of animals like white-tailed deer, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, howler and capuchin monkeys, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons, coatis, wild cats like ocelots, jaguarundis and margays. Around 240 species of birds have been recorded in Cabo Blanco, along with seabirds you can also see magpie jays, motmots, long-tailed manakins, egrets, crested caracaras, black-headed and elegant trogons, chachalacas, ringed kingfishers and various types of parrots and parakeets.

The most abundant tree in Cabo Blanco is the Pochote (Spiny Cedar) with some specimens over 40 meters high. Other impressively tall trees are the Ceiba (Silk Cotton Tree), which can tower up to 60 meters, and the fast growing Espavel (Wild Cashew).

A naturalist guide will help you sharpen your senses while in the Park trials. Choose from our short hike or our more strenuous long hike to Cabo Blanco beach. We always recommend visiting the park in the morning, which is when animals are typically more active.

Quick Guide:

  • Availability: Wednesday thru Sunday
  • Departure: 7:00am, 7:30am
  • Length: Approx. 2 hours for short hike or 5 hours for long hike
  • What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, bug spray, camera, box lunch for long hike
  • Suggested Transportation: ATV, Car rental, Private Taxi
  • Max. Occupancy: 4-6 people per guide recommended  

 Curú Wildlife Refuge

This privately owned protected area keeps a rich and diverse ecosystem. The refuge is part of a large farm, which combines sustainable agriculture and forest management with the protection of wildlife and nature.

Curu boasts wildlife in five different habitat types that range from marine zones and mangrove swamps, to tropical dry and moist forest, as well as farmland. This protected area has an abundance of wildlife hard to find anywhere else in the Peninsula.

This tour provides great opportunities to view lots of animals in the wild, such as the Scarlet Macaw, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, howler and capuchin monkeys and an abundance of birds like woodpeckers, hummingbirds, falcons, warblers, ospreys, toucans, ringed kingfishers and becards.

You will have the chance to select different levels of difficulty among the various trails offered. 

Quick Guide:

  • Availability: Daily
  • Departure: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am
  • Length: Approx. 5 hours
  • What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, bug spray, camera
  • Suggested Transportation: Car rental, Private Taxi
  • Max. Occupancy: 4-6 people per guide recommended


 Bird Watching

Costa Rica is a bird watchers paradise. Few places in the world can boast of having so many bird different species, over 900 species have been identified, these birds make Costa Rica their year round home or their migratory destination.

Costa Rica offers great bird watching opportunities within relatively short distances, from sea level to high mountains above 11.000 f.a.s.l. In Costa Rica alone, there are 12 of the planet’s 18 different life zones. Ranging from the dry tropical climate of the Nicoya Peninsula to the humid lowlands of the Caribbean coast, Costa Rica has an incredible array of habitats and micro-ecosystems and within every ecosystem; the birding possibilities are practically endless.

Costa Rica Outdoors and Waves provides the finest birding excursions in the Nicoya Peninsula. Enjoy this activity in the company of an experienced bird watcher, who will guide you to the best locations to help you find those gorgeous flying feathers Costa Rica is known for.

We’ve created 2 different tour options, in order to include different landscapes:

Option one: This takes you a few hundred meters above sea level to the mountains of Mal País; a private forest reserve adjacent to Cabo Blanco National Park. Here you will be surrounded by fascinating forest and ocean views and have the opportunity to see non-coastal bird species, such as: Tanagers, Woodcreepers, Hummingbirds, Becards, Manakins, Toucans, Euphonias, Puffbirds and Warblers. 

Option two: This takes you to the lowlands, rivers, and the open areas located to the north of Santa Teresa. Here you will have the opportunity to see water birds, raptors and more species such as: Limpkin, Herons, Sandpipers, Hawks and Falcons, Thick-knees, Parrots, Trogons, Kingfishers, Motmots among others.

Quick Guide:

  • Availability: Daily
  • Departure: 5:00am, 5:30am
  • Length: Approx. 4 hours
  • What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, bug spray, sunscreen, camera
  • Suggested Transportation: Car rental, Private Taxi
  • Max. Occupancy: 4-6 people per guide recommended


Tortuga Island

Cruise on a boat to Tortuga Island and experience one of the best snorkeling tours that Costa Rica offers and enjoy a delicious lunch on the white sand beach. This tour is great to enjoy with the whole family.

We will start the day taking a 60-minute boat ride along the coast with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean on the right and the gorgeous landscape of the Nicoya Peninsula on the left. During the boat ride most of the time you will be able too see cheerfully dolphins, jumping manta rays, sea turtles mating on the waters surface or if you are lucky you can even enjoy watching humpback and pilot whales.

Once we get to Tortuga Island we will anchor our boat next to volcanic reef surrounded by crystalline waters bursting with sea creatures like the Angelfish, Porcupine fish, Morays, Needlefish, Spotted Eagle Rays, Parrotfish and many more tropical beauties.

After snorkeling our captain will take you to the wonderful white sand Beach of Tortuga Island where drinks and fruits will be waiting while lunch gets ready. For lunch our cook serves fresh BBQ fish or chicken, sautéed vegetables and delicious grilled potatoes. 

After lunch the afternoon will be yours to enjoy. On the island there are some activities you can enjoy like banana boat rides, Jet Ski rentals, horseback riding, SUP, beach chairs, all for additional fess, and a souvenir shop.

Quick Guide:

  • Availability: Daily - Please book 48 hours in advance
  • Departure: 7:00am, 7:30am
  • Length: Approx. 7 hours
  • What to bring: Sandals or water shoes, towel, swimwear, bug spray, camera, sunscreen, hat
  • Suggested Transportation: Car rental or Private Taxi to Departure Location
  • Max. Occupancy: 8-10 people


Snorkeling & Boat Trip in Mal Pais

This is a wonderful boat tour along the coastline of Mal País and Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.

The boat ride begins in Mal Pais, taking off straight to Cabo Blanco Island for the first snorkeling immersion. During boat ride most of the time you will be able too see cheerfully dolphins, jumping manta rays, sea turtles mating on the waters surface or if you are lucky you can even enjoy watching humpback and pilot whales.

At the island and nearby reefs the crystalline water host Angelfish, Porcupine fish, Morays, Needlefish, Spotted Eagle Rays and many more tropical beauties.

Quick Guide:

  • Availability: Daily - Please book 48 hours in advance
  • Departure: 7:00am, 7:30am
  • Length: Approx. 3 hours
  • What to bring: Sandals or water shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, camera, towel, swimwear, sunscreen, hat
  • Suggested Transportation: Car rental or Private Taxi to Departure Location
  • Max. Occupancy: 5 people