Térraba–Sierpe Wetland Reserve : This vast mangrove ecosystem teeming with wildlife can be explored by boat from Sierpe and Ojochal.
Drake Bay : A dramatic setting close to Corcovado and Caño Island adds to the appeal of this hidden corner, where nature lodges specialize in sportfishing and diving. A nighttime insect tour is guaranteed to be fascinating and educational. It’s accessible by an improved road, but drivers will still need to ford three rivers.
Corcovado National Park : Jaguars, tapirs, crocodiles, colorful snakes, and monkeys and scarlet macaws galore are among the easily seen wildlife in this rugged rainforest reserve. Numerous lodges and tent-camps nearby grant access.
Casa Orquídeas : Ron and Trudy McAllister have spent more than two decades creating this amazing botanical garden, tucked away on the remote shores of Golfo Dulce.
Playa Zancudo : A magnificent beach and dramatic setting combine with low-key accommodations to provide a lazy, laid-back retreat where all you need is a hammock and swimwear.
Pavones : This surfers’ paradise has it all: great waves, stupendous palm-shaded beaches, and plenty of budget options for eats and places to rest your head. Tiskita Lodge is a rustic delight for nature lovers.
Isla del Cocos National Park : This remote isle is off-limits to all but experienced scuba divers, who come to commune with pelagic creatures, including whale sharks, rays, and hammerhead sharks.
Paradise Garden : You’ll learn fascinating lore about plants, including their medicinal qualities, at this tropical garden lovingly tended by its North American creator and owner.