Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

Junquillal Bay

 Things to see


 Camping areas


 Room and board

How to get here

Programmed activities

Other services

Junquillal is open 24 hour a day attention to visitors available between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm

Entrance costs to Junquillal

Nationals, residents and non-residents 500 colones


Costs for camping (per person per night)

Nationals, residents and non-residents 300 colones


Things to see


Marine birds

Whales late in the year

Camping areas


25 spaces of 12x15 m. for 6 to 8 persons each.
grills (cooking has to be with charcoal or natural gas)
Drinking water


Bahía Junquillal

Room and board

There are no rooms available for rent, nor any food services in Junquillal.


Programmed activities

Beach hike with guide or presentations about the area, both with prior reservation.


 Name of the trail:

El Carao

 Characterización of the segment: General public
 Type of trail: Circular
 Things to see: Dry forest, mangrove, scenic beauty.
Total distance:

0.6 Kms.


15 minutes

Highest point:

30 m.

Starting point: North of the information booth
Arrival point: North of the information booth
Site description: Regeneration zones, dry forest in coastal areas. Common birds include parrots and blue jays.
 Regulations: Please stay on the trail, no cutting of any trees nor flowers. Fires only on the grills. No fishing.

How to get here

Private vehicle or bus to Cuajiniquil and then either walk 4 km or find a vehicle. Access available year-around.

Bus schedules:

 Liberia - La Cruz:

5:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:00 m.
2:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.

 Liberia - Cuajiniquil:

5:45 a.m.
3:30 p.m.


7:00 a.m.
4:30 p.m.

Junquillal is located 4 km north of Cuajiniquil, 34 km south east of La Cruz through the interamerican highway or 18 km through Puerto Soley and 58 km. al northwest of Liberia.

Travel time:

San José-Liberia 4 hours.

Liberia-Cuajiniquil 1 hour.

La Cruz-Junquillal 45 minutes.

Other services

Gas Stations Distribuidora García Venegas- La Cruz, 34 Km.
Estación de Servicio Valdelomar- Liberia, 60 Km.
Estación de Servicio Texaco. Liberia, 60 Km.
Pharmacy Farmacia Auxiliadora 60 Km, Liberia
Supermarkets Abastecedor Santa Elena, 4 Km.
Hospital Enrique Baltodano, Liberia; 60 Km.
Clínica La Cruz, 33 km
Places to stay Hotel Doña Julia- La Cruz, 32 Km.
Amalia s Inn- La Cruz, 32 Km.
Los Inocentes Lodge, La Cruz- camino a Santa Cecilia, 41 Km.
Places to eat Restaurante Ehecalt- La Cruz, 32 Km.
Restaurante La Cangreja Cuajiniquil, 9 Km. Restaurante La Orquídea- La Cruz, 32 Krn.