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Punta Leona

Punta Leona

Located on the magnificent central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the important reserve of Punta Leona lies here in the province of Puntarenas. This reserve is one of the most vital in the Pacific sector of Costa Rica from a geographical and conservation point of view. Punta Leona is currently home to the only remaining jungles found in the transitional life zone between the jungles of the southwest and the dry jungles of the northwest. Created over 25 years ago to protect the region’s diverse flora and fauna, the Punta Leona refuge is a 300-hectare (750-acre) reserve consisting primarily of lush primary and secondary rainforests. It also functions as a research center for birds and mammals and is the habitat of more than 330 migratory and native birds of different species. Exotic, tropical and beautiful, the refuge of Punta Leona was also the set for a Hollywood movie starring the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Unique Location
It is not very frequented by tourists, who hardly know of its existence due to its unique location. Punta Leona is a fascinating place for nature lovers, bird watching lovers as well as families who when visiting Punta Leona are exposed to a piece of Costa Rica’s rich biological diversity. It is home to the Scarlet Macaw, an endangered species. The reserve is also a refuge for birds and animals such as the Quail, Tucanes and others.

Beaches of Arenas Blancas
Located near a white sand beach, Punta Leona has three hiking stretches, which are easily accessible and perfect for bird watching. Although there is a hotel that operates in this reserve, Punta Leona continues to offer tourists an environment that is quite enigmatic. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, you can visit it and access the park for a small cost.

Central Location
Punta Leona, which is located near Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park, Punta Leona is an hour’s drive from San Jose, on the same road passing the Tarcoles region. If you come from the south, this beach is located a few kilometers from Playa Herradura and Jaco.

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