Way north up the coast, and near Bahía Solano, a town famous for sports-fishing and whale-watching, compact EL VALLE is a good spot for surfing, as well as visiting Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría, where it’s possible to see whales close to the shore during calving season.

In En Valle itself, there’s some good surfing, and between September and December it’s possible to see turtles nesting at Estación Septiembre, a sanctuary 5km south along the coast. You can also do a day hike through the jungle to the Cascada del Tigre, a splendid waterfall with a refreshing waterhole (guide necessary).

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