When you come on your Costa Rica travel vacations, you have to visit Guanacaste. It’s a province located at the north of San Jose, and you can get there by car, on a four hour drive from San Jose to Liberia, the main city of Guanacaste. You can also fly directly to the Liberia International Airport, and from there to one of the domestic landing strips in Tamarindo, Nosara or Samara.
Last week I traveled to the southern Peninsula, 2 hours from Liberia, home to some of the most amazing beaches in Guanacaste, very natural and not as crowded as the northern popular beaches. While staying at Samara Beach, I went to the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge, seven miles from here.
If you are looking for places to visit in your Costa Rica eco tour, Camaronal should be at the top of your list. Being close to the popular Las Baulas Marine Park, Camaronal is also a nesting place for the Leatherback Sea Turtle, and other species of turtles like the Black Sea and Olive turtles. That makes Camaronal a great spot to watch the egg layoffs every year.
At Camaronal you can also go for a Costa Rica birding tour, where you will see dozens of different bird species. Wildlife is rich here, and it is a dry forest, typical of the Guanacaste area. The beach has clear blue water and gray sand.
Costa Rica surfing is another great activity to do at Camaronal, recommended for experienced surfers due to the strong currents and high waves, going easily over 10 feet. The largest wave recorded here was 20 feet! I couldn’t afford to miss the chance to surf at Camaronal, and I liked it so much that I went back the next morning.
To get to Camaronal, you will need a 4×4 vehicle to cross the estuary of the Ora river. You will be greeted by the beauty of the zone and the contrasting cliffs at the southern end of the beach.
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