Between Paquera and our place in Pochote, the Curu Wildlife Refuge offered a great spot to see spider monkeys in their natural habitat. Well-groomed and marked trails (with varying degrees of “safe” steps and bridges) led us throughout the refuge so we could watch birds, deer and monkeys in the trees, sometimes very close. Watch out for the crocodiles in the estuary, though. Signs clearly warned us to not wade in the creek!
Tourists could also rent horses and purchase snorkel and scuba trips here, and the cottages for rent looked over a great beach. Remember to bring sun block and mosquito repellant.