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Tamarindo’s broad sandy bay stretches for 3.5 kilometres At the northern end howler monkeys swing through trees, parakeets screech as they settle for the night, and giant iguanas can be seen downtown!

You can take a boat trip into Las Baulas National Marine Park to see exotic birds, monkeys and caiman, and watch leatherback turtles laying their eggs by night. Alternatively you can join the monkeys and birds up in the trees on a rainforest canopy adventure. When the phase of the moon is right, you can witness the arribada of the olive Ridley turtle, when thousands land to lay their eggs.

Several other parks in the region include – on the coast further north – Santa Rosa National Park, one of the last remaining ecosystems of tropical dry forest which shelters 115 species of mammals, 253 species of birds and 100 species of amphibians and reptiles. To the east, Palo Verde is a birdwatcher’s paradise – said to contain Central America’s largest concentration of waterfowl and wading birds.

Also of interest is Barra Honda National Park, renowned for its vast limestone cave system, inhabited by blindfish, salamanders and bats, which you can explore with park rangers and special equipment. Optional trips to all these locations can be arranged from Tamarindo during your stay.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: capuchin monkey, howler monkey, leatherback turtle, green turtle, olive ridley turtle
  • Where: Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Natural Highlights

An exceptional trip to discover Costa Rica’s abundant birds and wildlife amid its forests, lagoons and beaches. Highlights include the canals of Tortuguero, Arenal’s volcanic landscapes and howler monkeys, spectacular birdwatching in Monteverde’s cloud forests, canopy walkways and idyllic beaches.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This family trip has plenty of interesting activities to introduce you to tropical wildlife, yet there is also ample time to relax (all hotels have a pool) if you wish. The distances are not great, so you won’t waste time travelling, but have maximum opportunity to enjoy Costa Rica to the full.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bosque del Mar Hotel

This beachfront boutique eco-hotel is located on quiet and beautiful Playa Hermosa, a wide sheltered bay framed by headlands – a hidden haven for families and nature lovers. Although over one hour from crowded Tamarindo, it is still close enough to be able to explore the surrounding attractions.