THE SOUTH PACIFIC (LA ZONA SUR)

The real ‘eco hot spot’ of Costa Rica, enclosed by the Pacific Ocean and mountainous rainforest surroundings, buzzing with tropical wildlife. This is where jungle meets ocean. Described by National Geographic magazine as “one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world” south-western Costa Rica has a plethora of stunning (and mostly deserted) beaches and fantastic vistas. The areas beaches include the deserted Playa Tortuga, the rugged Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ventanas (named after the two huge cliffs on either side that frame this idyllic surfing beach as well as Playa Uvita and the ‘surfers hot-spot’ of Dominical.

The nearby village of Ojochal (5 minutes up the CostaNera) is one of a few local villages hosting a whole load of fine dining and fusion restaurants or if you'd prefer to relax 'at home' we can happily arrange food parcels (according to the season, fresh fish, ceviche and seafood all available) and fruit baskets to be delivered direct to the Jungle Villa.

 

PURA VIDA ECOLODGE IS UNIQUELY LOCATED BETWEEN 4 OF COSTA RICA'S MOST IMPRESSIVE NATIONAL PARKS

About 40km off the Pacific coast and visible from the Jungle Villa itself, lies the Isla del Caño which is one of Costa Rica's top spots for diving, with attractions including intricate rock and incredible coral formations and an amazing array of underwater life, teeming with colourful reef fish and larger marine life such as manta rays, turtles, dolphins, huge shoals of barracuda and moral eels. Day trips can be arranged which typically include two emersions (or as much snorkelling as you like), a picnic lunch on the beach, a trek up to the national parks waterfall and then a leisurely ride back to the mainland, hopefully having spotted a couple of whales!

Just to the North lie the pristine sandy palm beaches of Marino Ballena National Park. The largest marine park in Central America and is named after a common visitor: Humpback whales migrate here to the warm waters off the coast to mate before returning up north. Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles can be seen laying their eggs on night visits to the beach and dolphins are regularly spotted. A protective coral reef (the largest on the Pacific Coast of Central America) makes for ideal swimming, snorkelling and diving conditions. Horseback riding, deep sea fishing and kayaking are also popular activities here, while for those of you who prefer a more relaxed pace, you can go for long walks along the coast, sunbathe on the beach and enjoy the fabulous scenic beauty and marine life that this gorgeous park has to offer.

Also to the North is the most frequently visited national park of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio. A walk through the park rewards visitors with frequent sightings of several species of monkeys, as well as sloth, iguanas, coati’s, and hundreds of exotic birds. Within the park are a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches, surrounded by rain forest. These beaches are easily accessed by well-groomed trails that wind throughout the park. Pack a lunch, have a picnic on one of the sandy beaches, and be sure to take your swimsuit along for a refreshing swim after a day of hiking.

Situated South of Tres Rios is world renowned Corcovado National Park; an undeniably beautiful place, considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas (considered top 3 worldwide by National Geographic), this virgin rain forest park with its amazing variety of wildlife invites superlatives from all who visit. The captivating visual beauty of its forest and coastline, with miles of uninhabited beaches and roaring cascades, draws visitors from all over the world.

On our doorstep, there are a choice of larger waterfalls and lagoons, Marina Ballena National Park and even the recently completed San Buenas Golf Resort. It also has the surfer’s paradise of Dominical and the world famous Scuba Diving site of Isla del Caño within easy reach. For the 'foodies' among you, when not enjoying the local catch 'at home', there is a wonderful selection of International fusion and gourmet restaurants just a bike-ride away (or just a short drive) in nearby villages of Ojochal & Coronado.

The Osa Peninsula (the gateway to Corcovado National Park) is under 2 hours away to the south and Manuel Antonio National Park lies just over an hour away.