Costa Rica is home to countless species of animals and plants. A Whopping 2% of earth's biodiversity resides here, so it's the place to be if you love nature. Also people who look for some physical activity can go all out in Playa Coyote.
It's a 15 minute walk to the beautiful beach of Playa Coyote. Walk further along the coast and discover Playa Caletas, Costa de Oro and Playa San Miguel. They have all their own beauty.
The beach next to Playa Coyote is called "Playa Caletas" and is a protected nesting site for the Olive ridley turtle and the Green leatherback turtle. A beautiful organisation works at this beach with volunteers to protect these magnificent animals. They will be happy to give you a night tour on the beach, seeing the turtles lay their eggs and, if you are lucky, you can even help young hatchlings with their first swim into the great Pacific ocean.
Take your snorkel gear and spot an abundance of multi-coloured fishes or just relax in the wonderful tidal pools of Playa Coyote and Playa San Miguel.
Playa Coyote and Costa de Oro are very good surfspots for all levels. For the experts we have a hidden spot called 'Punta Coyote' or 'The Point'. An underwater reef gives an excellent left break here. Surfers that have been here were amazed!
In the surroundings of the hostel you can make nice hikes through the jungle, in the mountains, to the beach and further along the coast. Between Playa Coyote and Playa Caletas lies a Peninsula which you can climb for beautiful views over the beaches.
The northwestern province of Guanacaste is known for its sabanero (cowboy) culture. Let yourself be guided by a traditional cowboy. It will be a ride through the jungle, in the mountains and along the beaches.
In Puerto Coyote there's a very friendly fisherman called 'Chico', who organises fishing trips out onto sea. For $50 an hour he provides boat, fishing gear and knowledge about good fishing spots for up to 3 persons, regardless if you go alone or with 3. Here you can catch Red Snapper, Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and even the prized Roosterfish is to be found here. 3 hour minimum.
Karen Mogenson Park
A bit further away, at about 1 hour driving, there's a hidden gem. Undiscovered by the masses, the Karen Mogenson Park offers beautiful hikes, encountering almost nobody while walking in an overwhelming canopy forest. The trail here leads to a beautiful waterfall. The pools on the way to the waterfall give excellent chances to take a dip or two. This park is one of our favourites and for 1000 colones (USD 2) it's also the cheapest protected park in Costa Rica.
At 20 minutes driving our friend Mike is running his open air Butterfly farm. As an avid entomologist living in Costa Rica for many years, he has a very extensive knowledge about the local environment and it's animals. He organises 2 hour tours through his open air butterfly farm at 25 dollars a person. We highly recommend doing it, you will see that there's life everywhere around you, well hidden but for everyone to see if you let your eyes be guided by Mike.