Costa Rica Hiking

Are you a nature lover? Did you come to Costa Rica to see as many exotic species as you can? Are you fascinated by the mysteries of a tropical jungle? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then there are two fantastic nature tours that you shouldn’t miss when you stay with us at the Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel in Santa Teresa. Luckily for us, we are within driving distance of two of Costa Rica’s most outstanding protected parks. Touring through either of these two amazing parks is a great way to learn more about Costa Rica and its beautiful biodiversity. Please let one of the receptionist at the Blue Surf Sanctuary know if you are interested one of these Costa Rica hiking tours.

Costa Rica Wildlife Tours

Cabo Blanco National Park is located at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and it is sandwiched between the two lovely fishing villages of Mal Pais and Cabuya. Cabo Blanco was the first protected park in Costa Rica and it has been a national treasure since it opened in 1963. Cabo Blanco is an especially important National Park because its opening marked an important change in this country’s mentality and government policy. It signaled the beginning of Costa Rica’s growing respect for nature and it spawned the ecotourism movement that is so prevalent throughout Costa Rica today.

This Nature & Wildlife Tour takes you through this beautiful and recovered forest. With your private naturalist guide, you will get to enjoy some of Cabo Blanco’s 140 species of trees as well as a wide variety of exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

This nature hike will take 2+ hours. Your bilingual naturalist guide will meet you for your Costa Rica hiking adventure at the Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel at 7am so that you can be at the park entrance when it opens at 8am. Please remember to bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, insect repellent, a hat, sun protection, sunglasses, a swimsuit, a towel and of course, your camera. Also, please note that the Cabo Blanco National Park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Curu Wildlife Refuge

The Curu Wildlife Refuge is a privately owned and protected park just outside of Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. It was a cattle and agricultural farm until 1983 when it was declared Wildlife Reserve. Curu is rich in diverse wildlife and it is an especially great tour because you will get a chance to wind your way through five different ecosystems. You will explore a marine zone, mangrove swamps, tropical dry forests, moist jungle and even farmland. There are also an abundance of tropical fruit trees throughout Curu that attract all kinds of wildlife, pretty much guaranteeing that your camera won’t stop clicking all tour long. There are three species of monkeys that inhabit the Curu Wildlife Reserve as well as over 50 different types of mammals and more than 200 species of birds. You may also see a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, insects and marine life.

This tour is also 2+ hours long plus one-hour transportation time before and after the tour. Your bilingual naturalist guide will meet you at the Blue Surf Sanctuary Hotel at 7am. Again, please remember to bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, insect repellent, a hat, sun protection, sunglasses, a swimsuit, a towel and of course, your camera.

Curu Wildlife Refuge

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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world famous surf spots at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Costa Rica. We have 4 wonderfully equipped Bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located a very short walk from the beach. Our front desk is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our surf resort not only offers Costa Rica surf vacation packages, we also offer the ultimate beach retreat with local spa services, massage, and yoga! Let us build your perfect surf trip.

Many of our guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf. Santa Teresa / Mal Pais has become a world famous surf location. Not only is the surf great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe. We can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation!

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6km stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. We are located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Do you want an active Costa Rica vacation or retreat? Improve your surfing with our surf instructors, Relax, Yoga, repeat daily! Awesome surf and yoga in paradise is a great way to spend your Costa Rica vacation. Restore your balance in paradise. Experience nature and find yourself in beautiful Costa Rica. Your inner Pura Vida is waiting for you!