PUNTA LEONA BEACH

PUNTA LEONA BEACH

This small point is between Tarcoles and Jaco. The Blue Flag is the best nacional acknowledgement that the government offers regarding the clenliness of beaches, their water and also swimmer safety.  For several continuous years, Punta Leona has won three blue flags for its beaches: Blanca, Mantas and Limoncito. The Red Parrot was for many years abundant throughout Central America. Unfortunately poachers began to steal nets and sell them to foreign collectors and vets. There are now an endangered species. In Costa Rica they can only be seen in the Carara Nacional Park, in Punta Leona and in the Península de Osa . The Red Parrot (birds that live their whole life with just one partner) this program started in 1996 under the management of Christopher Vaughn with the objective of increasing the amount of red parrots in the area. They managed to achieve this by making articifical nests in the highest trees in Punta Leona to attract the Red Parrots tol ay eggs.  The success of the program is largely thanks to the fact that Punta Leona is a private reserve where poachers cannot steal their eggs.

How to arrive and leave.

If you want to get to Punta Leona by yourself the most important think is to follow the signposts that indicate the way to Punta Leona, Jaco and Quepos. The journey lasts two hours, if you are coming from San José take the Interamerican highway heading towards Puntarenas.  The road will pass by the Aeropuerto Juan Santamaria. Continue for a further 15km, after some 15 fifteen minutes you will arrive at “RECOPE” this is called “ el cruce de Manolos” that is located on the exit on the right hand side with large signs saying  “Atenas” (there you will find the first signpost for Punta Leona 72 km). Turn off and you will passby Atenas, San Mateo and Orotina.