The Wildlife Refuge
The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most endangered species of the region. Including the Manatee, the Ocelot and the Jaguar and an exotic variety of birds. Classified as a humid tropical rainforest. It also protects some fantastic mangrove oyster beds that are resting on the coral reef along the pristine white sand beach. The wetlands hide the only Jolillo and Orey and palm swamps of Costa Rica. Furthermore, the wildlife also serves as a nesting ground for several species of marine turtles. Also manatees, caimans, dolphins, and tarpons; the nesting season of the turtles takes place between March and May.
What to do?
The quiet waters of Manzanillo are perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the coral reefs. Nothing is more exotic than the exploration of mangroves and swamps, kayaking or rowing, surrounded by the most exotic wilderness. Once you have explored and swam, you will have time to turn your attention to the little village of Gandoca Manzanillo.
Up to only a couple of decades ago, this was just a fishing village, and it received very little visitors. It is still today an excellent place to visit for relaxing. Get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature to its fullest. While in Gandoca Manzanillo make sure to visit all the beaches along the coast up to Puerto Viejo. Also, Punta Uva, Playa Chiquita, Punta Cocles, and Beach Break. The exuberant vegetation and rich wildlife of this part of the country are so reminiscent of the landscape of jungle adventures we remembered as children! Go on kayak and dive tours as well as additional excursions. Hiking to the Talamanca Mountains, excursions to Bocas del Toro and dolphin-watching trips.
Hotels Near and around Gandoca Manzanillo
This part of the country enjoys a choice of the most beautiful distinctive Hotels. All in harmony with the pristine beauty of nature. The Almonds and Corals if a nice hotel located right in the heart of the refuge. This is a relaxing place, ideal for close contact with nature. The Hotel Azania Bungalows is set very close to the sea. And surrounded by the exotic jungle. Very close to birds and butterflies softly flying by, howler monkeys and sloth in the trees above watching. The sea will transport you to a lost paradise far from the maddening crowd. These are examples of Beach accommodations by excellence, in an exquisite flamboyant surrounding, and elegant luxury.
Experience the jungle in Costa Rica
The brilliant sand of Gandoca, its calm blue waters, exotic lush green vegetation, and its little exotic village amidst trees and monkeys is too charming for words. While the refuge is one of the world’s wonders, home to many endangered species. To get to Gandoca Manzanillo, you will first need to get to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Indeed the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is captivating and mysterious, flamboyant and relaxing, exuberant and magical. This is a must see for true lovers of nature and those seeking a vacation with a difference. In Gandoca Manzanillo it seems as if as if nothing has changed for a very long time. While Puerto Viejo offers a great choice of restaurants and vibrant Caribbean nightlife.