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Refuge from the ocean

Hacienda Barú

Hacienda Barú is an 800-acre National Wildlife Refuge situated on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. It is one of the few places on the Pacific Coast where a strip of forest comes down to three kilometers of protected beach. Hacienda Barú encompasses a variety of habitats, from wetlands and secondary rainforests in the lowlands to primary rainforest on the highland coastal ridge.

Hacienda Baru Lodge and Tour Operations ( are managed separately. However, we share the same vision for the refuge and work together closely.

Hacienda Barú Vision:

To understand and protect this biologically diverse area through research and education, engaging the local community, and making the most sensitive use of its resources.

Hacienda Barú Mission:

To actively manage and improve Hacienda Barú's natural and intellectual resources for the benefit of its principal stakeholders (students, researchers, guests, owners, employees, and local communities).

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