Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge | Established Campground

Costa Rica

Details

Verified:
about 2 months ago
Altitude:
26.3 masl
Phone:
None
Contributor:
Life Remotely

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
No
Sanitation Dump Station:
Unknown

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The park entry fee is a bit steep if you're only staying one night. Tons of animals and a very well maintained camping area with friendly and helpful park rangers. Sunsets on the beach are amazing.

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We visited the park with our rooftop tent and originally planned to spend the night there, but we eventually decided not to.
The ranger told us he can make us a better price "if we pay in colones". Which we did and ended up paying 4000¢ after some discussions. Overall he was nice though. The park os beautiful and there is a campground which surely was nice 5 years ago, but now looks quite run down. There are toilets and showers which are working but reminded us of a prison.
There was one other couple camping in a tent, so I'm sure it's fine to stay there. But we decided to go back to the camping ground we stayed at the night before (Casa Soley) as we liked it more there.

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Isolated location almost to the Nicaraguan border, a few day visitors when we arrived but only one other group camping, quiet and secluded, no cell service. Lots of wildlife (iguanas, cappuccino monkeys, spider monkeys, birds) but also lots of bugs (tons of termites once it got dark at the RV/car camping spot). Water is like a bay so no waves, but beautiful crystal clear water, great for swimming. Amazing sunset and sunrise. Park ranger was super helpful and friendly. Bathrooms and showers were ok, potable water, sink at site. Entrance fee was most expensive we saw in all of Costa Rica - 4000 colones for locals and $15 for foreigners, $19 to camp. Wouldn't pay that price again. We also stayed there in order to surf Roca Bruja and Ollie's Point, but the roads through Santa Rosa and Murcielago National Parks are all closed for the past 5 years due to poor condition, so we probably wouldn't have gone all the way up there just for the wildlife refuge, there are better beaches further south.

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Isolated location almost to the Nicaraguan border, a few day visitors when we arrived but only one other group camping, quiet and secluded, no cell service. Lots of wildlife (iguanas, cappuccino monkeys, spider monkeys, birds) but also lots of bugs (tons of termites once it got dark at the RV/car camping spot). Water is like a bay so no waves, but beautiful crystal clear water, great for swimming. Park ranger was super helpful and friendly. Entrance fee was most expensive we saw in all of Costa Rica - 4000 colones for locals and $15 for foreigners, $19 to camp. Wouldn't pay that price again. We also stayed there in order to surf Roca Bruja and Ollie's Point, but the roads through Santa Rosa and Murcielago National Parks are all closed for the past 5 years due to poor condition, so we probably wouldn't have gone all the way up there just for the wildlife refuge, there are better beaches further south.

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This place is Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays!

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Arrived here on a Saturday at 4 pm. Still $19 USD per person to camp for the night. The manager led us to a great site near the beach (not directly on the beach). It was private and had its own sink! The beach is gorgeous and very clean. Tons of iguanas and cool birds. Very relaxing except for some bugs at night. Be aware no cell service and nearest gas in La Cruz and Liberia.

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Quite frankly this place is heaven if and only if you truly want to disconnect from the world. Gabriel, the ranger, speaks great English. Say that you are sent by Martin from Canada and see his smile : ) - I saw parrots, lézards (lots of them and not dangerous is you don’t approach) and monkeys! The price is 19 USD a night but it’s worth every penny. 4 hiking trails if you count the ones on the beach. If you are lucky you might even see snakes, whales and crocodiles. Wild I told you, real wild. One of the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica you don’t want to miss it. Showers and toilets are super clean. Rangers all night so super safe. Hurry up, unfortunately places like this one won’t exist anymore on earth. The government allowed construction of ugly touristy resorts in the area. Dreams Las Mareas is an exemple near Playa El Jobo. When I see this I can’t help but see the beginning of the end for Costa Rica. Sad very sad! Enjoy Playa Junquillal but make certain to arrive before 5 o’clock (opens at 9 am)

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Great place to spend a couple of nights. You sleep right in front of the beach. Quiet and calm except for nature noises which makes it awesome. There might be the occasional campers that makes noise but apart from that I loved it. There is a supermarket 4km before you get there which makes it easy to fill as you need. Best of all no cellphone service which helps disconnect from the world.

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Beautiful, quiet and clean spot straight at the beach. Clean showers and toilets (bring your own paper). Ranger is very friendly, helped spotting some owls. Be careful with leaving food or small things outside, racccons were running off with them in a blink of an eye. Plenty of wildlife running around, capuchin monkeys, pelicans, etc. Some decent snorkeling as well.

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Correcting coordinates... Nice beach but pricey.

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Official name: Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Bahia Junquillal. Easy to reach by paved road. Only last few 100 meters are dirtroad. For foreigners US$ 19 per person per night. The ranger could not believe we wanted to stay (apparently a lot of people leave after hearing the price, but we knew in advance). Wonderful bay to relax on the beach or in the shade between trees, where there are picknick tables. Tent camping close to the beach, vans stay on the parking lot. Various showers and toilets close to ranger station. Simple but clean.

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Official name: Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Bahia Junquillal. Easy to reach by paved road. Only last few 100 meters are dirtroad. For foreigners US$ 19 per person per night. The ranger could not believe we wanted to stay (apparently a lot of people leave after hearing the price, but we knew in advance). Wonderful bay to relax on the beach or in the shade between trees, where there are picknick tables. Tent camping close to the beach, vans stay on the parking lot. Various showers and toilets close to ranger station. Simple but clean.

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Beautiful but expensive, $19 per person. The park entry fee is charged per day rather than per visit, which is shame, if not for this we would have stayed a few nights.

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The park entry fee is a bit steep if you're only staying one night. Tons of animals and a very well maintained camping area with friendly and helpful park rangers. Sunsets on the beach are amazing.

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