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Experiences

Experience The Island Surrounding

There is no better way to get to know the wonders of our island surroundings than by participating in one of our enthralling eco-adventures.
Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel offers a diverse selection of excursions – from self-guided kayak tours and stand-up paddle-boarding to forest-bathing hikes, bird watching, snorkeling and touring some of the fascinating local farms and biological reserves for which Costa Rica is known. Among these excursions is our spectacular bioluminescence tour – an unmissable adventure exploring bioluminescent algae as it lights up the sea under dark evening skies.

Water Experience

Bioluminescence
Kayak
Snorkeling

Bioluminescence

Our planet offers privileged locations that feature a mesmerizing natural phenomenon called bioluminescence. The ocean lights up during very dark nights. Produced by high concentrations of light-emitting plankton, bioluminescence imbues the waters with a starry night effect. This one-of-a-kind evening boating adventure will seek this show in the area surrounding Isla Chiquita.

 

Snorkeling

Marvel at the dazzling underwater landscapes of the Gulf of Nicoya. Best during the months of December-April, snorkeling enables you to spot multi-colored tropical fish, fascinating octopuses and more. Complemented by a fun lunch at a nearby island.

 

Kayaking

The waters surrounding Isla Chiquita offer a fantastic setting for a singular kayaking adventure. Perfect to connect with the ocean, gaze at birds in flight, and marvel at crustaceans and other marine life. It perfectly combines eco-discovery, physical activity and the serenity of gliding on water.

Hiking Experience

Curu Island Beach
Outcuor Restaurant
Curu Island Guatusa
CuruB Bioreserve

Symbiosis Trail

Our newest trail offers a meaningful experience that fully connects hikers with our surrounding ocean and forest. Interpretive stations showcase the island’s most unforgettable views while highlighting our soul’s symbiotic ties to nature.

 

Curú Private Bio Reserve

The first private biological reserve in Costa Rica extends an invitation to embrace adventure. Wild trails lined with tropical wonders set the stage for discovery and surprise. Monkeys, birds, and other exotic species will grant you a strong connection to nature. Hiking difficulty ranges from tame to intense. Just talk to your guide to choose your preferred pace.

Morning Bird Watching Hike

Isla Chiquita's surroundings are home to a collection of coastal birds including parrots, hummingbirds, manakins and trogons. Isolation has given rise to unique environmental adaptations that are fascinating to study. This guided hike will let you peek at the secrets of our tropical dry forest, taking you to the highest point for the best views of the Gulf.

Cultural Experience

Don Chico

Don Chico's Local Farm

Located right across the waters from Isla Chiquita, Paquera Community is well-known for its indigenous plantain and sweet guava produce. Don Chico’s organic farm offers an authentic experience that lets you explore plantations, learn about Costa Rica's local agriculture, and enjoy freshly prepared snacks.

Island Experience

Whale Watching
View of Surroundign Pelican
Island from the Ocean

Island Hopping

The perfect option for beach enthusiasts! Board an open boat and voyage through the Gulf of Nicoya in search of your favorite sun and sand spot to enjoy swimming, snorkeling or simply lying back and letting the coastal breeze tease your hair.

 

Whale Watching Expedition

Costa Rica's warm Pacific Ocean stages a soul-soaring natural spectacle when impressive humpback whales migrate in search for optimal breeding and calving locations. The Gulf of Nicoya's tranquil waters offer a unique opportunity to witness these giants as they dance, leap, and sing in a pure celebration of life's magnificence.

Available July-September

Tortuga Island

White sand trimmed by clear blue ocean is Tortuga Island’s signature sight. Considered one of the most beautiful islands South of the Nicoya Peninsula, it can be reached in less than 30 minutes from Isla Chiquita. Enjoy the views and snorkeling and activities like hiking and swimming. During your stay, you will enjoy access to an exclusive area & a special amenity.

Fishing Experience

Boat on the water
Artisan Fishing Lobster
Sport Fishing Detail

Artisanal Fishing

Artisanal fishing is a key component of the region’s culture and economy. Traditions that have been passed from generation to generation are essential to the lifestyles of many of our local communities. A fisherman/guide will take you on a small boat in a charming expedition to the area’s best spots.  Regional catch includes snappers, groupers, and more

 

Sport Fishing

The thrills of sportfishing are closely tied to Jesusita Island, home to Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel. For many years, this tiny island nook was a favorite resting spot for sport fishing enthusiasts. It is only natural for us to offer guided expeditions to let you experience the ocean’s raw big-game challenge.

Romantic Experience

Private Torchlit Dining
Sunse Cruise
Sunset Cruise Setting

Private Torchlit Dining

A storybook experience to fully enjoy the island's magic under the sparkle of torches and twinkle of stars. Al fresco dining, perfect for couples, friends, or families who wish to sample the best of our regional flavors and stunning natural setting. Simply unforgettable!

 

Sunset Cruise

This relaxing sunset experience outlines the contours of nearby islands. We start off at Isla Cedros and the artisanal fishing community in Punta Cuchillo. We then head out to Isla Nancital, home to vivacious Spider Monkeys and Isla Negritos, rich in exuberant flora and fauna. At the end of the expedition, we witness a spectacular sunset framed by Los Caretos islets.