The area surrounding these beautiful ocean view properties offers endless activities and adventures at affordable prices. No matter what you choose (or don't choose) to do, you are guaranteed a wonderful experience in a spectacular setting.
National Parks and Reserves:
a) Manuel Antonio National Park - This small park (1,687 acres) is rich in inhabitants with more than 100 species of animals and nearly 200 species of birds, as well as all three species of monkey found in Costa Rica: the white-throated capuchin monkey, the endangered squirrel monkey, and the white-faced monkey. Trails through the park are well-kept. It's a two-hour drive from Lomas Coronado.
b) Chirripo National Park - This park boasts the country's highest peak (3,820 meters/12,530 feet). No technical climbing is required to scale Chirripo, but altitude and a rugged trail make for a strenuous trek. The hike to Los Crestones base camp from San Gerardo de Rivas (a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the project) takes six to 12 hours. It's another three-four hours from there. Most hikers allow two to three days to make the entire trip. There are camps along the way. Temperatures can drop to 20 degrees F. at night.
c) Ballena National Marine Reserve - The site of the Pacific coast's largest coral reef, this park is 5,400 hectares of mostly ocean. Humpback whale sightings are common between December and April. Several types of sperm whales are also seen near Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters) Islands. The park is fairly undeveloped. Camping is permitted. It's just 20 minutes by car from Lomas.
d) Corcovado National Park - This park, comprising 54,540 hectares on land and 2,400 hectares of sea, is the site of stunning waterfalls and the country's largest tract of virgin forest. It is considered one of the world's most biologically diverse regions. The park is home to at least 400 species of birds, 140 mammal species, 116 amphibian and reptile, 500 tree and 6,000 insect species. The park's six distinct ecosystems shelter scarlet macaws, jaguars, pumas, tapirs, poison-dart and golden frogs, the harpy eagle, and other endangered species. It's about two hours from Lomas.
More to See and Do:
Sportfishing - Costa Rica's Pacific coast is world famous for its sportfishing and for catch and release billfishing. Billfishing is very popular, especially from December to June, with world records broken nearly every year. There are recognized world-class captains and excellent boats in the nearby resort of Quepos/Manuel Antonio, giving both the novice and the experienced angler excellent offshore fishing for marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo and dorado. Inshore action includes roosterfish, snook, snapper and corvina (sea bass). There are excellent captains and boats offering full and half-day charters out of Puerto Jiménez and Golfito. For more information on charters and hotels go to Costa Rica fishing and/or Costa Rica sport fishing. See beautiful girls saltwater fishing in this great video!
Rafting/Kayaking - The Savegre River, a Class III river in the mountains near Quepos, is the country's cleanest river. The Naranjo River is a Class III and IV river for physically fit, excitement-seeking rafters. It drops steeply from the mountains near Quepos through a beautiful jungle gorge. Ocean kayaking is also popular along the south Pacific coast, where kayakers can travel through shoreline caves (depending on tidal conditions) and view pre-Columbian inscriptions on the walls.
Snorkeling/Diving - Pristine coral reefs, along with an abundance of spectacular tropical sea life, make for some of the best scuba diving in the world. Caño Island, which can be seen from these ocean view properties, offers probably the most exciting diving within reach of the mainland. It is Galapagos class. Porpoises, schools of rays and white-tip reef sharks are commonly seen on most dives. Water temperatures are typically in the upper seventies to low eighties fahrenheit throughout the year.
Surfing - Nearby Dominical is a surfer's mecca. It has the second longest left break in Costa Rica and good waves year-round. Further south, Golfo Dulce, Pavones and Matapalo are excellent Costa Rica surfing locations. Pavones, near the Panamanian border, has the second longest left break in the world! Be prepared to pay extra for shipping boards on airlines.
Cycling - Mountain biking has recently experienced a boom in popularity. Local tour companies offer biking trips with excellent rental equipment. Cyclists will encounter a huge variety of terrain - leisure country paths, grueling mountain trails, and open beaches.
Horseback Riding - One of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica is on horseback. Guided horseback riding tours are available locally. You can choose routes that take you along beaches and jungle trails and through river crossings to waterfalls, mineral pools and the chance to enjoy spectacular mountain views.
Canopy Tours - Quepos is the nearest locale for good canopy or "tree-top" tours that can be found throughout the country. A professional canopy guide will lead you to tree platforms or along a suspended footbridge high above the floor of the forest. You can also zip from platform to platform - the adrenaline rush is an unforgettable experience, not to be missed by those five to 85.
Birdwatching - Few countries in the world offer as many different species of birds as does Costa Rica. The best way to see as many species as possible is to plan to spend some time in each of the five major climatic zones: the dry forests of the northwest, the wet forests of the southwest, the Caribbean lowlands, the middle elevation rainforests of the Caribbean slope, and the highlands. Additionally, different habitat types within each of these areas should be explored (mature forests, second growth, open areas, rivers, ponds, marshes, etc.).
Whale Watching - The best area for whale watching, Ballena National Marine Reserve, is just south of Playa Uvita. It takes its name from the humpback whales that mate in its warm waters each December though April. They can often be seen from the beach, while boat tours are available from local hotels. There are also whale and dolphin watching marine excursions from Dominical and Quepos.
Spanish language classes, dance classes and other activities are also available in the immediate area. The Ojochal Women's Club has more than 150 active members. So there is lots for you and your family to do whenever you are down here: full-time, part-time, or on a long or short visit. Travel down to the fabulous Lomas Coronado ocean view and mountain view properties and see for yourself.