In recent years our trips have gradually become more active and wildlife focused so where better to take it to a new level than Costa Rica with its abundance of wildlife. Catch our video here with all our encounters.
Staying at Hotel Three Sixty meant we had Playa Tortuga on our doorstep, Marina Ballena National Park close by and a local horse-riding tour only 10 minutes away – this was the perfect place to explore! Check out our Hotel Three Sixty blog here.
Lined with mangrove trees the mile-long Playa Tortuga is a remote beach and only a short 5-minute detour (by foot) across Route 34 from a circular walk direct from our hotel.
You can enjoy some amazing wildlife encounters and one of the most wild and natural beaches you’ll ever experience.
On our first walk down to Playa Tortuga we had the most amazing encounters with a troop of White-Faced Capuchin monkeys who were performing some aerial acrobatics directly above us and on our last visit we managed to catch a small flock of macaws.
We found it best to visit Playa Tortuga a couple of hours before low tide as it allowed you to paddle across the inlet easier (watching for crocs of course – another reasons for those walking poles!) and give you enough to time reach the other end and spend time exploring the beach and caves.
Watch out for the less than friendly crocodiles as you approach the end of the track and the inlet to the lagoon. Also, don’t swim or paddle in the lagoon to the left of the beach entrance as crocodiles have been known to frequent there accordingly to the locals. Final piece of advice at the height of the day the sand became incredibly hot – so keep those sandals handy!
Marina Ballena National Marine Park is located just offshore along the Central Pacific coast in South Puntarenas and protects more than 13,000 acres of ocean and 9 miles of coastline.
Comprised of mangrove forests, coral reefs and untouched beaches, the national park was only a 25-minute taxi ride from Hotel Three Sixty, so a must visit for us.
We arrived an hour or so before low tide so we could enjoy the famous Whale’s tail. Rocky formations surface about 1 kilometre from the shore and along with an open and vast sandy beach create the impression of an enormous Whales tail.
Worth a visit, and we spent a few hours exploring the beach returning via a jungle trek through the mangroves, where we had a few more wildlife encounters including a friendly spider monkey.
We also managed to explore the Ojachal hills and local waterfall during our stay with an exhilarating trip on horseback courtesy of Lalo tours.
Only 10 minutes by car from the hotel, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
These are just a few things we got up to – with still so much more to do on our next visit !
Other Information: This was a sponsored / discounted visit; however the review / article is an independent, honest and true reflection of our experience. Thank you to Hotel Three Sixty for allowing us to use some of their images in this blog.