Penas Blancas makes for a pleasant visit with its many birds and butterflies. This wet area with its moderate temperatures fosters the growth of various flora in its 5,928 acres of unspoiled beauty.

There is not a lot of wildlife in Penas Blancas Wildlife refuge, but one can see a great number of butterflies and birds. Monkeys, raccoons, deer, and pacas are all commonly sighted as well. Wiythin the 5928 acres of the refuge, there are a great number of plants and trees including Spanish and spiny cedar, gumbo limbo and mayflower.

Located within the Guanacaste Province, Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge has no public facilities.

Weather and packing list

Central Pacific temperatures remain the same nearly year round with average day time highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of December through April being the driest.

Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent. Check out our Costa Rica packing list page for more ideas.

Fun Fact: One will notice many mud and rock slides within Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge due to frequent and heavy rainfall.

Nearby Destinations

Monteverde60 km
Puntarenas25 km
Alajuela89 km
Jaco77 km
Manuel Antonio146 km


Latitude: N 10° 5' 33.97"
Longitude: W 84° 43' 47"

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