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Beyond Beaches: Unveiling Costa Rica's Hidden Gems and off the Beaten Path Treasures


Once you arrive at Bahia Pez Vela and enjoy all the resort has to offer, we can help you find some amazing things to do! Our wonderful and dedicated staff know all the hidden gems that go beyond our beautiful beaches. These tours can be booked through the office and we can arrange pick up, delivery and transportation too! Here are the top 7 things we are loving this month!

At Bahia Pez Vela, we are all about rediscovering Pura Vida!

1. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Nestled in the rugged mountains of Costa Rica, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a haven for biodiversity and a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Traverse along the intricate network of trails, allowing you to witness a myriad of flora and fauna. The cloud forest, often shrouded in mist, creates a magical and surreal atmosphere, making it an unforgettable experience.

2. Tortuguero National Park

For those seeking an authentic encounter with nature and wildlife, Tortuguero National Park is a hidden treasure. Accessible only by boat or plane, this remote paradise is a crucial nesting site for endangered sea turtles. Witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of sea turtles nesting and hatching is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

3. Corcovado National Park

Corcovado, located on the Osa Peninsula, is often referred to as the "crown jewel" of Costa Rica's national park system. This biodiverse region hosts 13 major ecosystems, including lowland rainforests, mangrove swamps, and Pacific coastline. Hike through pristine wilderness, spotting jaguars, tapirs, and a plethora of unique plant and animal species.

4. Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Rincón de la Vieja is a geothermal wonderland, offering visitors the chance to explore bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and hot springs. This lesser-known gem allows you to hike through volcanic landscapes, witness incredible geothermal activity, and even take a soothing dip in natural thermal pools.

5. Cahuita National Park

On the Caribbean coast lies Cahuita National Park, a true hidden gem. Snorkel in vibrant coral reefs, hike through lush rainforests, and discover the fascinating biodiversity of Costa Rica's Caribbean side. The park provides an excellent opportunity to witness diverse marine life and learn about the importance of conservation efforts in the region.

6. Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park

Uvita, a charming beach town, is home to the unique Marino Ballena National Park, where the forest meets the Pacific Ocean. The park is famous for its whale tail-shaped sandbar and is an excellent destination for whale-watching, snorkeling, and enjoying the serenity of untouched beaches.

7. La Fortuna Waterfall and El Chato Waterfall

Venture off the beaten path to discover the La Fortuna Waterfall and El Chato Waterfall, both promising awe-inspiring natural beauty. Hike through lush rainforests to reach these cascading falls, providing a refreshing and rejuvenating experience away from the bustling tourist areas.

Costa Rica's hidden gems offer a chance to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the natural wonders that this paradise has to offer. Beyond the popular beaches and well-trodden paths, these off-the-beaten-track treasures showcase the raw beauty and rich biodiversity that make Costa Rica truly exceptional. Plan your next Costa Rican adventure at Bahia Pez Vela and visit all these hidden marvels and create lasting memories amidst the untouched wilderness.