The wildlife refuge is home to many attractions, among them open coasts, estuaries, diverse estuary ecosystem, flooded forests, lakes, and lagoons – and every resident and migratory species that make these varied habitats their home. The reserve's primary strength is the fact that numerous ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) nest here every year, choosing this beach to lay their eggs. An extremely important habitat for this endangered turtle species, the beach is therefore considered a vital habitat for turtle recovery and conservation. The shelter has no organized turtle tours, but during the nesting season, visitors can visit at night.
The reserve may be reached by taxi or private vehicle. Just 5 km (3 miles) south of Jaco.