Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica                  Costa Rica Phone: +506 2637 6020         USA Toll-Free: +1 800 406 6280

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Located in the southeastern end of the Nicoya Peninsula, Curú Wildlife Refuge is known for its pristine white sand beaches and its impressive array of species ranging from monkeys to sand crabs.

In total, the shelter covers 3,707 acres in total and 656 meters of coastline and is located just 45 minutes from the Montezuma community.

Travelers to Curú Wildlife Refuge will quickly realize that they are in the minority of the place, with only a few people in the area amidst the abundance of animals and sea creatures. All your senses will be captivated by this overwhelming amount of wildlife in the reserve, which offers some of the best eco-tourism in Costa Rica.

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The land on the Nicoya peninsula was initially bought by a Costa Rican named Federico Schutt de la Croix in 1933. He paid only 12,000 colones which would be about $ 24 in current currency. After buying land from the Pacific Lumber company, de la Croix decided to completely stop logging and began to grow food and raise livestock in a more environmentally friendly way.

Curú officially received the support of the Costa Rican government to protect its flora and fauna in 1981 and officially became the area known as the Curú Wildlife Refuge in 1983. At present, the refuge is privately owned, very well care, and even more exclusive than many of the national parks in the country.

If you are looking to participate in some of the vast opportunities for eco-tourism in Costa Rica, the shelter should be a mandatory stopover because of its exclusivity and the ability of visitors to interact directly with various animals.

The refuge also has 17 peaceful trails, where travelers can observe abundant wildlife in a number of different ecosystems, including mangroves and dry and moist tropical forests.

In total, Curú Wildlife Refuge is home to 78 species of mammals, 87 species of reptiles, 232 species of birds and more than 500 different species of plants.

White-tailed deer and armadillo are well represented in the refuge, travelers are likely to observe Caribbean monkeys, spiders and howlers playing.

Other interesting activities that are available at the shelter include snorkeling, kayaking, and snorkeling at nearby Isla Tortuga. The shelter is open daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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