Activities available in and around Playa Ocotal
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Hiking, Nature Trails
- Bird Watching (and monkeys too)
- Horseback Riding
- River Rafting
- Canopy Adventures
- Golf or Tennis
- Private Spanish Lessons
- Massage and Spas
Recommended Day Trips
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
An active volcano with boiling mud ponds, thermal springs, lava fields and fumaroles. Rain forest trails with plenty of flora and fauna, waterfalls with natural swimming pools. A good place to spot the beautiful blue morph butterfly. Nearby lodges offer horseback riding, canopy tours, mud baths and spa services to the day traveler. Approximately a 75 minute drive from Playa Ocotal.
Palo Verde National Park
A birdwatcher's bonanza and an important migratory zone for many types of waterfowl. River boat rides, mangroves and marshes, crocodiles and scarlet macaws, and more. Approximately a 90 minute drive from Playa Ocotal.
Santa Rosa National Park
Spectacular deserted beaches, great hiking trails through several distinct habitats and Witches Rock, the world famous surfing area. Nesting grounds for the Olive Ridley and leatherback turtles, and plenty of birds and mammals, including wild cats. Approximately a 75 minute drive from Playa Ocotal.
Las Baulas National Park
Features the largest nesting colony of the giant leatherback turtles in the Pacific Ocean. From October to February, visitors with reservations are able to participate in a park-sponsored ecological tour for an up-close view of female leatherbacks laying their eggs on the beach. You can also watch the newborns make their struggle from the beach to the sea. Approximately 90 minutes from Playa Ocotal.
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
A very special and secluded spot in the middle of nowhere, this picturesque waterfall is 45 feet wide with a 30 foot drop surrounded by lush green vegetation, with a large pond at the base and a white sand beach, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. Approximately 1 hour from Playa Ocotal.
Los Pumas Rescue Center
A sanctuary for wild cats including ocelots, jaguars, and plenty of other rescued animals including white-faced monkeys. Tour and lecture available for a donation. Approximately 90 minutes from Playa Ocotal.
Guaitil Pottery Village
This small village is home to families who have been carrying on their craft of using local clay and natural paints to create a wide variety of pottery in the same beehive ovens that the Chorotega Indians have used for centuries. You can watch the pottery being made and purchase directly from the artisan - a special remembrance of your trip to Costa Rica. Approximately 1 hour from Playa Ocotal.
El Chapernal Ranch
A fascinating look at Guanacaste's cowboy and ranching tradition. Horseback riding, folk music and dancing, a working sugarcane mill, typical local cuisine available. Also swimming and other activities for the kids. Approximately 30 minutes from Playa Ocotal.
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