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South of Cahuita National Park, this beautiful stretch of Caribbean coast is right on the border with Panama.

Gandoca-Manzanillo is home to lobsters, sponges, sea urchins, sea anemones, crabs, sea cucumbers and shrimp on the reef, but the area is also known for manatees and dolphins, and several species of sea turtle nest here between February and May. Inland, gently rolling, low, forested hills protect a population of endangered alligator and caiman, tapirs, pacas, keel-billed toucans, and ornate hawk-eagles.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black caiman, ocelot, keel-billed toucan, ornate hawk-eagle, tapir
  • Where: Limón Province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Coast to Coast

Travel from coast to coast to understand Costa Rica’s complex mosaic of ecosystems, with the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines offering a great contrast to the interior’s steamy rainforests. This suggested itinerary visits some of the lesser-known parks and includes some relaxation time on the Pacific coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea