Protected for more than 30 years as a Biological Reserve, this land was once known as Punta Marenco Biological Reserve, but thanks to the effort of the owners, it was declared in April 17th 1997, by the government, as Punta Rio Claro National Wildlife Refuge, to protect the rainforest and beach areas in the Drake Bay area of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, but primarily, for the protection of species in danger of extinction such as the Scarlet Macaw, Squirrel Monkey, Howler Monkey, Tapirs, Jaguars, Humpback Whales as well as many other species of mammals, birds and sea life.
It encompasses a 500 hectare of growing primary tropical rainforest with miles of pristine beaches. Without roads or airports, the difficult access has allowed this corner of the world to maintain its natural beauty. Punta Rio Claro is your gateway to Corcovado National Park, one of the most important natural preserves in Central America. Punta Rio Claro is one of the last refuges for Jaguars, Giant Anteaters, Tapirs, White lipped Peccaries and a host of other rare rain forest animals. High plateau forest, with trees towering over 140 feet and supporting hundreds of species of ferns, bromeliads and orchids, combines with palm swamps and mangroves to make the refuge a botanists dream.
Punta Rio Claro National Wildlife Refuge is a very discreet place, perfect for relaxing or for experiencing a tropical paradise adventure and get fascinated with the lush flora and fauna, and enjoying the opportunity of partaking in many different exciting activities. Experience adventure tours and sports like bird and whale watching, snorkeling, swimming, horseback riding and more, or simply stay, relax and enjoy the rainforest and wildlife that the refuge has to offer.
During your visit you will have a chance to see monkeys playing around and the noisy Scarlet Macaws, and during the whale season, from June through April, Humpback Whales migrate each year from both the Northern and Southern hemisphere to their breeding grounds just off the coast of Costa Rica. It is one of the most spectacular gatherings in nature.
Punta Rio Claro also has knowledgeable guides of these areas who give tours to nearby Corcovado National Park, Caño Island or walks through the Punta Rio Claro National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the course of the walk along the primary rain forest trails, you may visit a beautiful creek or a giant tree of several hundred years. The naturalist will point out wildlife and also explain points of interest in the ecology of the rain forest. The trails are relatively steep in places, but the pace is slow. A system of trails through various areas of Punta Rio Claro National Wildlife Refuge, are excellent for bird watching, wildlife observation and exploration. People can expect to see numerous birds such as toucans, parrots and other exotic species as well as various animals including the 4 species of monkeys.
The hike will lead you to the mouth of the Rio Claro (Clear River), a natural fresh water swimming pool right next to the ocean. After arriving to Rio Claro you can continue an additional 20 to 30 minutes along the beach trail to a beautiful beach called San Josecito, where visitors can have a picnic lunch under the palms or mango’s trees.
Located 2 miles south of Drake Bay, beach front private Bungalows with ocean view, each bungalow built in harmony with its surroundings protecting the rainforest that surround us, private trails, beach trail with miles of pristine beaches to explore, many activities such as tours to Corcovado and Caño Island, Bird watching Whale watching, snorkeling, swimming, horseback riding and more.
About Punta Rio Claro
Our bungalows and rooms have private porches and bathrooms, with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Family style meals are served in our open air restaurant were you can enjoy watching the sunset.
Different activities are available for our guests. We offer tours to Corcovado National Park, Caño Island Biological Reserve, and Rio Claro National Wildlife Refuge. Other activities include horseback riding, bird watching, night walks, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, sport fishing, canopy, dolphin and whale watching, mangrove tours, and more…