San Lucas Island

Embark on a yacht for a breathtaking tour of the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya while transferring to the San Lucas National Wildlife Refuge.

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Do you want to know the Alcatraz of Central America? Well, in Costa Rica is San Lucas Island, a small island measuring approximately 500 hectares, located in the Gulf of Nicoya and better known as the Alcatraz of Central America. For more than 100 years it witnessed brutal mistreatment and punishment, finally closing its doors in 1992, it is now a Wildlife Refuge and National Heritage Site.

We head to Puntarenas to take the boat that will take us to San Lucas Island sailing the Gulf of Nicoya. Once there, our guides will take you on a tour of the facilities of the old Penitentiary, to see the Administration building, the Church, maximum, medium and minimum security cells, as well as the punishment areas.

After enjoying a delicious lunch you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful "Roma" beach located 800 meters from the pier of the island, a place to rest, sunbathe or just enjoy a game of beach.

On the way back to Puntarenas you will be able to observe some beaches such as: Playa El Ingles, Tumbabote, Manzanillo, Hacienda Vieja, Limon and Playa El Coco, as well as the islands: Guayabo, Isla de Aves, Zopilote and Pan de Azucar.

Day 1

Departure from San José
San José, San José Province, Costa Rica

Departure from Puntaneras
Puntarenas, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Arrival at San Lucas Island
Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

What this tour includes

Ground transportation

Boat Transportation

Fruit, typical breakfast and lunch


Biligual guide

Alcoholic beverages

Travel Packing Checklist


Refillable water bottle


Hiking footwear




Winter season: capes or ponchos




Sun cream


Sun glasses


Small backpack


Do not carry valuables or cash


Personal hygiene items


Mosquito repellent


Comfortable and light clothing


Swimming clothes


Spare clothing


Water sandals


Hat or cap

Conditions and cancelation policy

1- If you have a COVID case, you can reschedule the trip at no additional cost as long as there are no price increases in the services, otherwise the additional fee will be paid, applicable due to flight cancellations or illness due to a pandemic, they will only assume the cost of the transfer for the return of the money.

2- Any change or cancellation of reservation can be made by phone or email.

3- If they cancel more than 5 days before the tour date, a penalty of 5% of the package price is paid for management costs.

4- If you cancel between 4 and 5 days before the arrival date there is a retention of 10% of the price of the Tour

5- If you cancel 3 days before the arrival date, there is a penalty of 100% of the total reservation.

6- If the client does not show up on time for the reserved Tour, 100% of the prepaid price will be charged.

Places you will explore

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Departure from San José

Puntarenas Province, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Departure from Puntaneras

Isla de San Lucas, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Arrival at San Lucas Island