Damas Island Mangrove

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Damas Island Mangrove

Visiting the Damas Island Mangroves

The Damas Island Costa Rica Estuary Reserve is famous for its fantastic wildlife as well as the primary mangrove forests. The Damas Island Mangrove tour will introduce you to the mangrove ecosystem Damas Island is so famous for. You will get into a covered boat where you will be able to float down the waters and sit back and try to spot some white-faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, silky anteaters, birds, and reptiles like boa constrictors. Apart from the large variety of animal species, you can see the various palm trees and tropical plants growing alongside the banks. The Damas Island is only 6 km removed from the town of Quepos and 13 km from the iconic Manual Antonio National Park.

Highlights

Mangrove ecosystem – Mangrove tours

Damas Island Costa Rica BoatThe Damas Island Mangroves will introduce you to a unique ecosystem. You can spot herons, kingfishers and frigate birds. The different channels would lead you through various tunnels, passing by small islands. Enjoy the eco-friendly and quiet boat tour, passing through the waters next to the vivid wildlife.

On this Costa Rica tour, you will feel extremely close to nature, while admiring the magnificent mangrove plants and the quiet islands. Preserving the mangroves is extremely important to keep animals in the area safe, and during your Damas Island Costa Rica tour, the guides will tell you more about this vulnerable living environment. We can arrange for a mangrove tour by boat as well as kayak.

Conservation project

Damas Island Mangrove NatureThe mangrove forest in the Damas Island Costa Rica provides a safe environment for many endangered animal species. The government of Costa Rica works together with local people to ensure that the protection of the area. Even your grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same views as you. Many scientist and naturalists have already researched the mangrove forest ecosystem and they found that these plants attract wildlife as well as honey bees. They are the source of many medicines as well. Mangrove forests protect the coasts from harmful UV radiation; they fight against the greenhouse effect, this is why it is so important to preserve and protect them.

Quepos

Quepos Costa Rica MarinaThe nearest town of some note is Quepos, most famous for the Marina Pez Vela. This impressive Marina opened back in 2014 and currently holds water slips for 200 boats. The Marina has become the hub for many activities including international Fishing Tournaments, boat rentals, paddle boarding, catamaran tours, to name just a few. This town is a favorite amongst sport fishers.

Manual Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park Aerial ViewIsla Damas is only 13 km removed from the iconic Manuel Antonio National Park, so this would definitely be worth a visit. Despite being one of the smaller national parks in Costa Rica, but it is renowned for its diversity in flora and fauna. there are still 184 species of birds and 109 species of mammals and almost 80 species of fish in the surrounding waters. Manuel Antonio is one of the best places in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Hire a certified guide at the park entrance to help you spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and more. The guides know the best places to find hiding animals and use special telescopes to see up into the trees.

Tips

Visit between December and May: This is the Costa Rica dry season and ensures sunny, dry days.

Seal your food: Pack your food and belongings in tightly sealed bags. Monkeys, raccoons and iguanas are very curious and they know you have food! They are not aggressive but they will steal your food when they can.

Don’t feed the animals: It is possible that some monkeys will hop on your boat in the hope of finding some food. But however tempting it may be, do not feed them. It is bad for them and only teaches them to rely on tourists for food.

Visit nearby destinations: Do not come to Damas Island to visit only the island itself. Visit the famous Jaco beach, explore the town of Quepos and take a tour in the Manuel Antonio National Park!

Getting there

Closest International Airport:Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

sansa airline airplanesIf you are traveling from San Jose, you can take advantage of the domestic flights to Quepos airport (XQP). This is by far your fastest option as Quepos airport is located at only 5 km from town. From here, we can arrange for your tours to the Damas Island Mangroves as Quepos is only 6 kilometers from Damas Island. You can take a shuttle or rent a car as well, but you will have to prepare for a 160 km trip!

Dining

Quepos RestaurantQuepos has quite a few high-quality dining options available around town. Sea food lovers will definitely want to pass by the Z Gastro Bar at Marina Pez Vela. This restaurant is mainly known for its amazing fish platters and shrimp cocktails. For a more international flair, visit Gabrialla’s Steak Seafood and Pasta!

Where to stay

Pool Gaia HotelThe Gaia Hotel and Reserve is a gorgeous 5-star boutique resort in Quepos. You can enjoy the highly rated on-site restaurant, pool, rainforest spa and full-service gym. There are a wide array of lodging options in the Manuel Antonio that range from the super luxurious like Arenas del Mar, to vacation rentals like Tulemar Resort, to the Mid-Range Hotels like Hotel Costa Verde.

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Damas Island Mangrove Vacation Packages

Caribbean Dream with Manuel Antonio

Caribbean Dream with Manuel Antonio

12
SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

16
SJO
Extended Costa Rica Highlights

Extended Costa Rica Highlights

20
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Costa Ballena Exploration

Costa Ballena Exploration

9
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Stay

Extended Stay

13
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Best of Costa Rica

Best of Costa Rica

7
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

SJO
Luxury Getaway

Luxury Getaway

7
SJO
Less than $1000 p.p.
Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Two Oceans & A Volcano

Two Oceans & A Volcano

$1000-$1500 p.p.
Pacific & Caribbean Combo

Pacific & Caribbean Combo

10
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Perfect Combination with Corcovado

Perfect Combination with Corcovado

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Complete Costa Rica Extended

Complete Costa Rica Extended

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Escape to Nature

Escape to Nature

SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

Extended Costa Rica Southern Package

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

Nature & Wildlife in Costa Rica!

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

7
SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Costa Rica’s Seventh Heaven

Costa Rica’s Seventh Heaven

7
SJO
$1000-$1500 p.p.

Damas Island Mangrove Hotels

Arenas Del Mar

Arenas Del Mar

5
5
From: $200 - $300
Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Gaia Hotel and Reserve

5
4
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Costa Verde

Hotel Costa Verde

3
2
From: $125 - $200
Hotel El Parador

Hotel El Parador

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Karahe

Hotel Karahe

3
From: $125 - $200
Hotel La Mariposa

Hotel La Mariposa

4
From: $125 - $200
Hotel Playa Espadilla

Hotel Playa Espadilla

3
3
From: $125 - $200
Hotel San Bada

Hotel San Bada

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Shana

Hotel Shana

5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Si Como No

Hotel Si Como No

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Makanda by the Sea

Makanda by the Sea

5
From: Over $300
Santa Juana Lodge

Santa Juana Lodge

3
5
From: $125 - $200
Tulemar Resort

Tulemar Resort

5
From: $200 - $300
La Mansion Inn

La Mansion Inn

5
2
From: $125 - $200
Espadilla Gardens

Espadilla Gardens

3
From: $200 - $300

Damas Island Mangrove Tours

ATV Rainforest Adventure in Manuel Antonio

ATV Rainforest Adventure in Manuel Antonio

From: $75 - $100
Midworld Costa Rica Zip Line and Canopy Tour

Midworld Costa Rica Zip Line and Canopy Tour

From: $50 - $75
Coast Jet Ski – Manuel Antonio Adventure

Coast Jet Ski – Manuel Antonio Adventure

From: Over $100
Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary

From: Under $50
Canopy & ATV Tours at Safari Adventures

Canopy & ATV Tours at Safari Adventures

From: $50 - $75
Parasailing Tour Costa Rica Adventure

Parasailing Tour Costa Rica Adventure

From: $75 - $100
Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour

From: $75 - $100
Scuba Diving Tour Costa Rica Adventure

Scuba Diving Tour Costa Rica Adventure

From: $75 - $100
Jungle Tubing Savegre River

Jungle Tubing Savegre River

From: Under $50
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

From: Under $50
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with Expediciones Tropicales

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with Expediciones Tropicales

Catamaran Adventure Tour with Planet Dolphin

Catamaran Adventure Tour with Planet Dolphin

Surf Lesson with MASS (Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp)

Surf Lesson with MASS (Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp)

Manuel Antonio National Park tour with Tucanes Tours

Manuel Antonio National Park tour with Tucanes Tours

Savegre River White Water Rafting with Tucanes Tours

Savegre River White Water Rafting with Tucanes Tours

Horseback Riding Tour with Tucanes Tours

Horseback Riding Tour with Tucanes Tours

Damas Island Estuary Mangrove Tour with Tucanes Tours

Damas Island Estuary Mangrove Tour with Tucanes Tours

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling with Tucanes Tours

Ocean Kayaking & Snorkeling with Tucanes Tours

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Horseback Riding in Mulguri with San Bada

Horseback Riding in Mulguri with San Bada

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour with Si Como No

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour with Si Como No

Canopy, Spider & Superman Tour with MidWorld

Canopy, Spider & Superman Tour with MidWorld

Canopy & ATV Tour with MidWorld

Canopy & ATV Tour with MidWorld

ATV Tour with MidWorld

ATV Tour with MidWorld

Canopy Tour with Canopy Safari

Canopy Tour with Canopy Safari

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