The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is situated in one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Costa Rica. Located just a few kilometers north of the Panama border in Talamanca County, this wildlife refuge protects some the region’s most endangered flora and fauna. Lying on the Caribbean coast of Limon province and bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east, this refuge is classified as a humid tropical rainforest and also looks after the only natural mangrove oyster beds found along the reefs of the coast.

Encompassing several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland and a mangrove swamp, the Refugio Gandoca Manzanillo also safeguards the only orey and jolillo palm swamps in Costa Rica. This wildlife reserve is very important from an ecological point of view because it contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic, and the primary lowland small rainforest found here is the only one of its kind in the region. A unique habitat, this reserve includes a 10 kilometer beach strip, a 740 acre forest, a coral reef and 2 swamps. The Refugio Gandoca Manzanillo is also the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins. The turtle nesting season here lasts from March to May.

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  • February 20th 2019 to August 31st 2019
  • February 20th 2020 to August 31st 2020

Types of Turtles: (Click the name to learn more)





$75 per night all-inclusive (limited space-limited time price offer).


  • Beach front lodging.
  • Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What to expect?

  • Night beach patrol for turtle nests.
  • Turtle egg re-location to the hatchery.
  • Beach clean-up and maintenance.
  • Gandoca community activities..
  • Baby turtle release.