The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
lowlands of the southern Caribbean coastal region of Costa Rica. This
coastal zone is between
the mouths of the Rio Cocles and the Rio Sixaola, which forms the
border with Panama. The refuge also protects a coral
reef front across Punta Uva, Manzanillo and Uva, popular with scuba
The area is known for its
manatees, dolphins, and several species of sea turtles nest on the
beaches from February through May.
From San Jose, take the main highway
to Limon, then south through the town of
Cahuita. To reach the northern Manzanillo sector, drive through
Viejo, and take the road through Punta Cocles and Punta Uva. See
Costa Rica map
reach the Gandoca sector, take the highway south of Cahuita through
Creek, then BriBri. Shortly before you reach the town of Sixaola (at
Panama border), you will turn coastward to Gandoca. See map above.
Park Facilities and Hours
There is an information station,
restrooms, drinking water and picnic area.