JD's Watersports in Costa Rica
Famous for its large American Crocodiles, the Tarcoles River forms the Northern border of Carara Biological Reserve on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Tarcoles is full of Crocodiles, Scarlet Macaws, Jesus Christ Lizards, and over 120 species of birds. But everyone comes to see the huge crocodiles – so big they have names like “Saddam Hussein” and “Mike Tyson!”

"I expected to see many birds, but not so many enormous crocodiles. I liked most the guide's knowledge of the wildlife and his willingness to take time to explain things. Great food."

J.Brubeck, Canada

We operate environmentally-sensitive daily tours on the Tarcoles. We do not feed the crocodiles. Feeding wild animals is dangerous to our guests and local families. It changes the crocodiles' behavior because they associate food with humans.

We board a custom-built, flat-bottom river boat at our private botanic garden. Then we glide along this placid river with our naturalist guide, who describes the birds, animals, and habitat in great detail. After visiting the river mouth, we venture up a mature mangrove estuary, where we stop to learn about this remarkable ecosystem. After enjoying fresh fruit and refreshments, we slowly return upstream to our native botanic garden, where our guide explains more about the native plant species of this transitional zone habitat. Afterwards, we take you to a funky local restaurant for lunch and more refreshments.

This half-day, educational tour is designed for you to experience, photograph and learn about the native wildlife.

Our native botanic garden is right below a major Scarlet Macaw flight path. Every afternoon, dozens of Macaws fly back to their nests in the evening RIGHT OVER OUR GARDEN!! You will never forget this truly spectacular sight.


"Of all the other tour companies offering jungle cruises, the guide at Punta Leona recommends yours because you do not lure the crocodiles by feeding them."

J. LaHay, USA

"What a fantastic time! Can't wait to tell everybody about this wonderful tour. It is the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica."

M. Silvergold, NJ

This is our most popular tour, and is perfect for people of all ages and interests.

Many of our guests have called this the best tour in Costa Rica.


(Includes tour, professional guide, lunch & refreshments.) Transfers from San Jose, Puntarenas, and Jaco are available, but are not included in this price. The price is in U.S. Dollars, and is subject to availability and change.

Tour Times:
Vary according to the tides (This enables the best viewing of the animals.)
Length of Tour: Half Day
Includes: Tour, Guide, Lunch, Refreshments
What to Bring: Cameras, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
Where: JD's Tarcoles River House

For Cruise Ship passengers arriving in Puerto Caldera or Puntarenas, this is a great alternative to the "cattle car" tours operated by the Cruise Lines!!!


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