The south pacific region of Costa Rica boasts four very large and diverse Natural Reserves protecting an immense number of plants and animals as well as presenting the opportunity for you to discover some of the most exotic and bio-diverse areas of the planet.
Portocito's secluded small cove beach is just below Casa Ramon, about 3 - 5 minutes by foot... depending on the person. We call it our "Little Paradise" or Pequeña Paradiso.
The nearest beach by car is Portocito Beach, and it's less than 2 minutes away. The gorgeous palm lined Hermosa Beach is just beyond that, a mere 5 minutes drive. It takes a couple hours to walk the beach; it is that long! Ballena Marine National Park 15 minutes by car and also visible from Casa Ramon, as is Caño Island and the Three Sister Islands.
Ballena Marine National Reserve includes several fabulous beaches and Las Tres Hermanitas islands only 12 km south taking about a 15 minute drive from of Casa Ramon. Ballena means “whale” in Spanish and the park exhibits a very mystical land formation of a “whale’s tail” that is visible at low tide. The park is also a reproduction site for humpback whales during Costa Rica’s winter months from Sept – Nov. At low tide you will spot an unusual green iguana that feeds on marine algae. The cliffs around the park’s coastline are nesting ground for frigate birds and the sea earwig.
If you prefer to drive yourself it's an easy road to the Ballena Reserve. Casa Ramon can prepare you a special picnic lunch for your pleasure (at an additional cost).
Baru Biological Reserve has an amazing biodiversity and is only 15 km north of Casa Ramon. Here guides lead you through one of the most interesting rainforests of the world.
Cano Island Reserve has the most incredible diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica with 65 feet visibility. Its white sand beaches and crystalline water are only15km from the Osa Peninsula and directly in view from Casa Ramon. Here you can swim with dolphins, see turtles, glimpse at manta rays, and bask in vibrant colors amongst a plethora of tropical fish. This boat tour is spectacular.
Corcovado National Park is the habitat for monkeys, jaguar, puma, tapir and many endangered species. A bird lover's paradise this park has over 400 bird varieties including the Scarlet Macaw. About 2 ½ hours from Casa Ramon by car and boat, with a three hour hike into the jungle it is a full day trip of a lifetime.
Kayaking to Ventanas Caves
Setting off from Playa Pinuelas in the Ballena Marine National Reserve your Kayak tour will be fully guided. You will pass by the famous sea arches, blow holes, and several wave carved caves that are sometimes reachable for a visit depending on the tides and the surf conditions. The trip is about 11/2 hours paddling each way.
Savegre River Rafting Tour
This is the exhilarating, adrenaline rush tour that you have heard about! Just up north about 1 hour drive from Casa Ramon!
Spectacular scenery in the hills above Casa Ramon with several routes to choose from at varying levels of difficulty.
Waterfalls by horseback
The impressive Nauyacu waterfall can be reached by horseback high in the mountains east of Casa Ramon. A refreshing swim in cool mountain water awaits you on this half day tour.
Horseback on Dominical beach
Dominical beach is a lovely place to ride up the beach and enjoy watching the surfers and the sunset. Just a few minutes from Casa Ramon.
The waves are some of the best in Costa Rica at Dominical Beach and there is the opportunity to surf or take a lesson if you want to try.