Barra del Colorado

A pristine Wildlife Refuge bordering Nicaragua

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Natural Wonderland 

Barra del Colorado is located in the northernmost corner of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast bordering with Nicaragua. This area is known for its hot, humid climate, as well as its remote beauty and peaceful isolation. A truly rustic area, visitors to the region will find few amenities like large resorts, etc. It more than makes up for that with miles of natural landscapes. Also, unique ecosystems teeming with plant and animal life. Barra del Colorado, located just over twenty miles north of the tourism destination of Tortuguero. Sports fisherman have been coming to this area for decades. Incredible fishing opportunities found in the gorgeous lagoons and coastal waters. This is the perfect destination for those looking for a remote destination immersed in the natural beauty of Costa Rica!

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado

The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado is the largest wilderness refuge in Costa Rica. Too, it covers over 30 miles of lagoons, rivers, and wetlands. Getting around the refuge, often it is best accomplished by canoe or kayak. An extensive canal system exists making getting around on the water the most efficient transportation method between the lodges and other attractions. The wildlife and lush plant life of the refuge are crucial in bringing eco-tourists to the area.  Birders will also appreciate the plethora of migratory birds and waterbird species found in the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado. As well as the numerous animals and reptiles that make this area their home!

World Class Sports Fishing

Barra del Colorado has long been famous for the world-class sports fishing that has been attracting anglers to the area for decades. It is not uncommon for anglers to reel in enormous tarpon and spectacular snook. Presently, fishing is the primary source of income for the local population. Many qualified guides will provide their services to help you find that perfect fishing spot. Furthermore, the Rio San Juan is the boundary not only for the northern part of the area but also with Nicaragua and provides additional opportunities for great tarpon fishing on the river’s calm waters. There are also options for fishing for Rainbow Bass, Machaca, and Tiger Bass among many others!  This is truly a dream destination for fishers of all ages!

Eco-Tourism at its Best

The remote nature of the Barro del Colorado area also makes it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s ecotourism. Sparsely inhabited by people, this area’s the perfect place to relax and envelope in the beauties of nature and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings! With few public services and little to distract you from your full appreciation of your surroundings. Barro del Colorado offers guests a truly unique experience in beautiful Costa Rica! This is one of the few places where you can see the endangered West Indian Manatee, as well as caimans, crocodiles, several species of monkeys, toucans, parrots and many unique reptiles. All in all, Barra del Colorado is an animal lover’s paradise! What a great part of the rivers system.

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Barra del Colorado

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See the Barra del Colorado River system. Be prepared to see lots of water and having your main transportation as a boat. It is a wonderful way to escape life's anxieties.

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