Island in the middle of the bay
A few hundred meters off the coast of Bahia Gigante, is Isla Gitana. They will come and pick you up at the pier.
It is a 10 hectare island with a rustic resort.
There are trails that you can hike through the forest and a nice beach. The pool may or may not be open.
There is a large bar on the beach that attracts passing boaters.
This is a place where you can get away from it all, just don't expect anything fancy. Plus bring a lot of batteries and mosquito repellant when you come.
macaw sanctuary and monkey feeding
First let me highly recommend Dimas, who was our tour guide and picked us up at the Fiesta Hotel, while we were on a Caravan Tour. Dimas had cold water or beer for us (we don't drink, but a nice touch nonetheless) First stop was at a house where a woman met us with a big bunch of bananas. We looked up to the trees and there we saw many many monkeys (I think spider or capuchin) and we proceeded to feed them (as in pic) Then we went on several bumpy long roads until we got to a little place I like to call heaven. The macaw sanctuary not only had macaws flying free all over in a sparkling array of colors, but all types of monkeys, including howler, capuchin and spider monkeys roaming free in the trees. In addition, there are several resident three toed sloths hanging around. As a nature and parrot lover, I thought I had died and gone to parrot heaven.
Dimas was the best as a tour guide and this trip was so much better than the 6 hour (or more) round trip excursion Caravan had planned for the Manuel Antonio park. He even emailed me wonderful picture which complemented the ones we had taken. We were the envy of our entire tour trip, two other people actually overheard us talking about planning this and got their own driver to take them.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Go to the downtown area, and visit the produce and seafood market behind the bus station. It is at the end of the street with the banks on it, in a red building with a large overhand area where the buses congregate.
The hotels along the ectuary offer free mooring to cruising sailboats.
The Yacht Club here is very large, well protected, and one of the first stops a trans oceanic yacht makes on the first leg of a trip from the west coast.
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