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Eco resort hotel Villas Rio Mar is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The South Pacific of Costa Rica is considered one of the most untouched areas. Its territory extends from Playa Dominical to the border with Panama and from the Talamanca mountain range to the Pacific Ocean. Both the terrestrial and acuatic area offers a great variety of animals and plants species. This zone of the country has important national parks, beautiful beaches, and a variety of adventure activities to enjoy with family or friends.

Some national parks that you can find in the South Pacific are:

-Corcovado National Park - This national park is home of 2% of the planet's biodiversity and 65 % of biodiversity of Costa Rica, for this reason, it was called by the National Geographic as the "most intense park"  in scientific terms. Besides it has considered as the third best national park in the world. Read more...

-Piedras Blancas National Park - This park is also located on the Osa Peninsula, It is situated northeast of the town of Golfito. Piedras Blanca National Park is one of the wettest and rainiest regions of the country. It is considered an important park for bird watching, as well you will find many reptiles, plants and mammals. 

 -Chirripo National Park: This park is the country's highest peak with 3820 meters above sea level. Access is through Perez Zeledon town, it possible to walk in one day but you must stay at least one night in the hostel or better recommended two nights to visit the various attractions Read more..

Marino Ballena National Park: (19km from Villas Rio Mar) The Marino Ballena National Park is comprised of sandy beaches (playa Uvita, playa Arco, playa Ballena, and playa Piñuelas), rocky shorelines, cliffs, islands, mangrove ecosystems, rock and coral reefs. The Marino Ballena National Park contains coral species making it one of the best snorkeling places to observe corals of the central-south pacific of Costa Rica. Read more...


-Manuel Antonio National Park: It is one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Although it is the country’s smallest national park. It contains a pleasant combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. Read more...

Moreover national parks, the Costa Rican Pacific protect biodiversity in natural refuge. There are three important Wildlife refuge:

Caño Island Wildlife Refuge: The best attraction of the island is under the waters of the Pacific Ocean, considered one of the best diving spots for its beautiful corals. Visiting this island is possible throughout the summer season which it is recommended for diving and snorkeling. And during raining season (September and October) it is perfect for whale and dolphin watching tours.Read more...


Golfo Dulce Wildlife Refuge: It is located in one of the wettest and rainiest parts of the country. This refuge was created to protect the water resources of the community of Golfito. Its forest has tall trees including: silk cotton, walnut, and the manú copal trees. Also within the trails you can see different species of birds like toucans and tanagers; hopefully you’ll also find monkeys, anteaters and others.

Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge: Protects 324 acres of rain forest and secondary forest plus 3 miles of beach. In Hacienda Baru you will find a small lodge that offers diversity in ecological tour some example are: Canopy, walks in the woods, hiking trails and much more. This property is only 5 min drive from the town of Dominical. Read more...


A great friendly place to stay, a 5 star in its own right!! All of the staff, housekeeping and waiters were more then accommodating. The food was great, from the excellent breakfast buffet (included) and the great daily dinner specials....

—  Jerry & Linda Phoenix, Az

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