Hotel Punta Leona

Country: Costa Rica (Coordinates: 9.703485, -84.661407 )
Size: 20 Hectares
Ecoregion: Terrestrial - Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests
Status: VCA Bronze

Hotel Punta Leona is one of the most important private reserves in the Pacific zone of Costa Rica and plays an important role in biological conservation. Due to its unique geographic location and an important conservation plan, the reserve is one of the few remaining forests situated in the transitional zone between the Dry Forest of the Northwest and the Rainforest of the Southwest.

The reserve is home to more than 330 species of birds as well as to various mammals, such as the white white-faced monkeys, raccoons, kinkajous and spider monkeys.

The private Nature reserve specialises in ecotourism along side sustainable community development and environmental conservation.

"Since our creation in august 1974, we have undertaken many actions in favour of the environment and the local communities. In addition of being one of the first sources of employment in the Garabito district, we make conservation and sustainable development a high priority in all our projects and strive to maintain, protect and promote ecological balance."

Specific conservation actions include:


1. Protection of Playa Blanca’s Marine Wetland: Playa Blanca is a special place, highly recognized for its beauty. Yet what many visitors may not know is that it is also a marine wetland protected under the 23148 MIRENEM Decree. Together with the marine biologist Victor Cespedes, Hotel Punta Leona has established specific monitoring, demarcation and environmental education programs. In addition, they seek to promote Playa Blanca’s marine wetland conservation and strengthen its protection through partnerships with government authorities.

2. Sea Turtle conservation program: Each year, a surveillance program is organized in times of spawning in Playa Blanca. Our team protects the nests and eggs from natural predators or egg thieves until the birth of the turtles. Tortuga Marina en las playas de Punta Leona.

3. Red Macaw Conservation Program: Human pressures have heavily impacted Red Macaws, causing a significant drop in their populations. To preserve these beautiful birds we created, together with Dr. Christopher Vaughan, a conservation program, which includes the implementation of natural and artificial nests, constant monitoring of the nests and the planting of optimal tree species for the birds’ diet such as the almond tree. Relevant information on our conservation program are provided to our visitor, thanks to an informative mural in the Ceibo – an emblematic site of the complex which serves as habitat for the Red Macaw. Protección de la lapa roja.

Since August 2015, as part of our conservation program in Hotel and Club Punta Leona, we have placed cameras in three nests to monitor macaws in the privacy of their natural life. Readers interested can watch the live broadcast through this link

4. Punta Leona’s Butterfly farm: The Butterfly farm is one of our most important tools for environmental education. Through guided tours and training days for schools; children, teenagers and adults of all ages are able to learn about the role of the butterflies in the ecosystem and the importance of species conservation initiatives.

5. Nursery of Punta Leona: The nursery was created as a tool to pursue our reforestation program and preserve the local fauna.

6. Private wildlife refuge of Punta Leona: At Hotel Punta Leona we understand the importance of primary and secondary forest for the local fauna, which is why we created the wildlife refuge. Not only do we monitor and protect natural resources and species, we also offer fascinating guided walks to raise awareness on the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable development.