One of the most popular Pacific coast destinations, this beach town offers several hotels and a volcanic, black sand beach. To get to the town, visitors leave their cars in a parking area and travel by boat for about 15 minutes through mangroves along the Chiquimililla Canal.
The Monterrico Natural Reserve, a great place for bird watching, includes mangrove swamps and lagoons that can be explored by dugout canoe. It also has a center for protecting sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs, and a small zoo featuring local animals, like iguanas, that kids will enjoy. Monterrico is a great place for relaxing is a hammock, drinking from chilled coconuts through a straw, eating fresh seafood, and, naturally, swimming and sunbathing.