Playa Quesera

A hidden sanctuary

If your answer is yes, we know you can’t wait to get back, and if not, we’ll give you that little push you need to take the plunge.
Visiting this beach is like stepping into the pages of a travel magazine: its white sand and aquamarine water will remain in your memory forever.
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, it is part of the Curú Wildlife Refuge, meaning that you’ll have to cross this protected area to see the beach for yourself.
Are you just looking for some time with your partner or friends? Do you want to practice kayaking? What about snorkeling? Or maybe hiking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, head to Quesera – all of these activities are possible here.
Its magical crystalline water reflects the sea floor, while dozens of palm trees provide you with shade while you enjoy some ‘you time’.
Don ‘t forget to find your best spot to be ready when the sun goes down, since the sunsets here are to die for.

Just opposite the coast, you’ll be able to see Isla Tortuga, which, by the way, is another tour to think about when you’re in the area.
The nature sanctuary has 1,496 hectares of tropical forest with mangroves and fields up and down the coast.
It is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Specialists have identified 78 species of mammals, 232 different kinds of birds, 87 reptile species and over 500 species of plants.

How do I get there?

To reach Quesera, you’ll first have to enter through the refuge. You can opt for a boat tour that will last about 20 minutes, or you can do it on a trail that takes about 2 hours (though it could be less depending on each person’s physical condition), or by kayak if you prefer.
The trails are low difficulty, making them an ideal way to take in the biodiversity that this incredible place provides us.
Quesera is definitely one of the best beaches Costa Rica has to offer. But it’s one of many excellent options in every corner of our coasts – cross one off your list of destinations today!

Everything you need to know:

  • How do we get there? Drive to Puntarenas (1h 40min on Route 27), then take the ferry to Paquera (1h 30 min). Once you’re in Paquera, drive 30 min to Curú (the entrance will be on the left).
  • Road quality: the road from Paquera to the refuge is constantly being improved, meaning you can go in any kind of vehicle.
  • Entry fee at the refuge: ₡2,500 for Costa Rican citizens and residents / $13 for foreigners.
  • Hours of operation: for individual visits, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. However, those who are lodged in the refuge’s cabins can stay longer and even enjoy nighttime tours and hikes.
  • Services: showers, bathrooms, restaurant, security guard and rental cabins.
  • Tours provided: horseback rides, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, tours to Isla Tortuga, bioluminescence tours, wildlife observation.
  • Average rates: Tours cost between $15-$35 per person, depending on the company and the time of year.