Explore 7 national parks and protected areas surrounding Kurà
The highlight of a stay at our hideaway, perched on a mountain ridge overlooking Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, is its proximity to no less than seven national parks and protected areas. Costa Rica is known for its stunning biodiversity and especially on the Pacific Coast you’ll feel truly immersed in nature.
To see mangrove forests, coral reefs, gorgeous coastline and even humpback whales when they migrate to warm tropical waters from June through October, head to Marino Ballena National Park. As Costa Rica’s only marine reserve, just offshore in South Puntarenas, it protects more than 13,000 acres of ocean and nine miles of coastline. It is known for its iconic giant rock and sand formation in the shape of a whale’s tail, hence the name ballena, meaning ‘whale’.
Surrounded by the beautifully blue Pacific just offshore from the Osa Peninsula at Drake Bay, Caño Island Biological Reserve is Costa Rica’s second-best spot for snorkeling and diving. The island was once an ancient burial ground, dating back to the pre-Columbian era.
To explore Costa Rica’s largest mangrove system, head to the Térraba-Sierpe wetlands, home to a wide variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish. Here you can spot white-faced, spider and howler monkeys, sloths, coatis, tapirs, crocodiles, snakes and scarlet macaws.
While staying at Kura, you can’t miss a roam around the lush and exotic Corcovado National Park, which hides three per cent of the world’s biodiversity, making this small area one of the most biologically intense places on the planet. Home to the world’s largest and only tropical primary lowland rainforest, Corcovado showcases thirteen major ecosystems, from mangrove swamps and jolillo palm groves to montane forests and freshwater swamps. Many endangered plant and animal species live here, such as the rare harbor squirrel monkey, the harpy eagle, the poison arrow frog, indigenous wild cats, crocodiles and pumas as well as four species of sea turtle.
Connecting with Corcovado and together forming a diverse biological corridor is Piedras Blancas National Park, spanning beautiful waterfalls and rivers, evergreen primary forests, a diversity of indigenous plants and wildlife and the northern Golfo Dulce beaches and bays. Piedras Blancas is also among the last remaining homes of the jaguar in Costa Rica.
Another natural showcase in the area is La Amistad International Park, a World Heritage site by UNESCO, split between the countries of Costa Rica and Panama. Here you can discover protected environments that include cloud forests, glacial lakes, alpine grasslands and oak forests, featuring a profusion of rare flora and fauna such as the resplendent quetzal and 130 species of wild orchid.
The neighboring Chirripo National Park is remote, wild and magnificent, home to Costa Rica’s highest mountain (Cerro Chirripo), glacier lakes, cloud forests, windswept paramos, fern groves and swamps. In the park’s far-out section known as the Savannah of the Lions, you can spot a large population of pumas roaming wild.
So take your pick between these seven nature areas and from the luxe cocoon of Kura head out into the wild.