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Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

#2 of 24 things to do in Puerto Jimenez Features Animals
Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa Apdo, Puerto Jimenez 48-8203, Costa Rica
506 861 1309
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Mixed thoughts

I agree with the review below in that I wasn't quite sure what to make of the sanctuary or why many... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Hannah M
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting but a but puzzling

This visit was part of our group tour so our cost was $150/person for the boat ride there which was... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Ann A
Toronto, Canada
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Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the sanctuary.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good13%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“boat ride” (11 reviews)
“pet trade” (6 reviews)
Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa Apdo, Puerto Jimenez 48-8203, Costa Rica
506 861 1309
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

I agree with the review below in that I wasn't quite sure what to make of the sanctuary or why many of the animals were there. We were asked at the beginning not to share any photos or sweety the spider monkey interacting with humans...More

1  Thank Hannah M
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This visit was part of our group tour so our cost was $150/person for the boat ride there which was advertised more of a "dolphin boat ride" and the refuge was just an extra. We saw few dolphins so the boat tour was an expensive...More

1  Thank Ann A
Reviewed 17 April 2017

They do not want anyone to post photos on any social media , because they say they are non profit when i went there were 20 people were visiting at $25.00 per person. The total animals they have are in 6 cages

Thank davidfultonone
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went with a tour group and it was a fun boat ride. Had been advised by guide that there was no boat landing so prepared to walk into shore (water was not deep). There are no bathroom facilities and the rules including arrival/departure times, how...More

1  Thank P S
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The sanctuary does amazing work and Carol and her staff are the heart and soul. The sanctuary is an hour boat ride from Puerto Jimenez and is not far from the shore. The location itself is also stunning. Make sure to be on time!

Thank T M
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Amazing opportunity to see the true Costa Rica wildlife. They have a fantastic program to help save injured wildlife.

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We loved our tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary. We learned so much about the animals there and the amazing rescue and rehabilitation work being done. It was very cool to see some of the animals up close and hear their stories. Our kids loved it!...More

Thank MHDailey
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Carol has put together this beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary for injured animals. If they are taken from people as pets or cannot be re-released to the wild they are kept at the Sanctuary and very well cared for. Animals that are to be released back into...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I admire Carol for her devotion to these animals. The tour requires an hour ride via water taxi (boat) that is a bit costly. There are many rules regarding the visit that I was not aware of (no backpacks, no water bottles, things that you...More

1  Thank Clearcutter
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We spent a few hours by boat in the harbour before arriving here. We saw dolphins, black tuna, flying fish, and even had a small mishap with our boat engine exploding. Once we arrived we felt like we were in paradise. The beach was this...More

Thank Littlemisskid
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5 May 2017|
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Response from Clearcutter | Reviewed this property |
You will need to make arrangements ahead of time. You can only reach the sanctuary by boat, so you will need to make arrangements for a water taxi to take you across the bay. Often the taxi operator or company you reserve... More
Beverly G
23 October 2016|
Response from Melinda J | Reviewed this property |
There are water taxis that can you hire at the dock in Puerto Jiminez. you can also call around to different resorts in Puerto Jiminez (Lios Rios, I believe is one) who sometimes offers transportation to and from Puerto... More
21 April 2016|
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Response from Darren L | Reviewed this property |
Agree with earlier answer. Easy to walk in, brush off sand, and slip shoes back on. As the spider monkeys tend to greet you, though, make sure you have belongings secured while you work with shoes. Also... No water bottles... More