Punta Islita is located at the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste area at an approximately 2 hour drive from Liberia, near Samara beach.
It’s natural setting of 300 acres provide different adventures on-site or within a short driving distance.
Cultural experiences actively involve members of the hotel staff, local artists, and community members. Nearby attractions include The Islita Art Museum which involves re-known Costa Rican artists with local artists, transforming Islita village into a living open space museum featuring colorful murals, installations, and sculptures. Guests can visit art studios, purchase signature pieces, and learn about local culture. Guests can also visit the day care center (which the hotel also supports since most of their employees live in the area) and a recycling center.
The surrounding tropical dry forest is thriving, evidenced by the healthy numbers of howler monkeys, large iguanas, and exotic birds. There are two standout projects; the recovery of sea turtles in nearby Camaronal Beach and red macaw populations in the Nicoya region.
The most recent program involves a full partnership with The Ara Project, staffed by a dedicated group of scientists, administrators, and volunteers who have successfully reintroduced close to a hundred red and green macaw specimens in three wildlife areas in Costa Rica. The hotel donated a plot of land, a specialized aviary cage, living quarters for a biologist, and the biologist’s wages. The recently- inaugurated Lapa (macaw) lookout is an educational and viewing center where visitors can learn and participate in the recovery and release efforts.