Costa Rica is an ideal location to escape from a busy lifestyle, but even in this tropical gem, many places are hubs for travelers. While the laid-back atmosphere is apparent throughout the country, a visit to a true Tico town may be the perfect way to immerse yourself into the Pura Vida way of life. Situated in Guanacaste
, the northern region of Costa Rica, near the border of Nicaragua, the small fishing village of Puerto Soley is an off-the-beaten-path – literally and figuratively – destination. The trek to get here may be a bumpy one.
Located about six kilometers away from La Cruz
, Puerto Soley is a great place to stay for those interested in visiting the Santa Rosa National Park
, Bahía Junquillal Wildlife Refuge
and Guanacaste National Park
. Guanacaste National Park sits just west of the Inter-American Highway, across from Santa Rosa National Park. It was created in 1989 to connect Santa Rosa with the high elevation cloud forest, as well as the Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. With several ecosystems making up this area, these massive nearby parks contain nearly every type of natural attraction one would be looking for in a Costa Rica destination.
From hiking to wildlife and bird watching, this area's dense and diverse flora and fauna are the main attraction. Howler monkeys, coatis, white-tailed deer and a plethora of bird species populate the area.
Map of the Area
Just because Puerto Soley isn't a main tourist hub doesn't mean there isn't anything to do within the town. Playa Puerto Soley is a breezy and peaceful paradise with several options for activities. Tucked between mangroves with rich vegetation, Playa Puerto Soley is a picturesque landscape. Travelers can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating, fishing and plenty more at this beach. Just off the coast sits Bolaños Island, a great day trip, especially for aviary lovers. This small island is about 1.5 kilometers away from the shore, and is actually the Bolaños Island National Wildlife Refuge
designated to conserve nesting sites for seabirds. From Puerto Soley you can also head on to Bahia Salinas
, the second best place in Costa Rica to windsurf and go kite boarding.
Finding a secluded beach in Costa Rica isn't difficult, but why not spend time in a friendly community near plenty of activities and wildlife? Puerto Soley is the perfect destination for travelers who are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in the depth of Costa Rica's native culture.