Our Area of Costa Rica

Finca Cántaros is located in Linda Vista, a sparsely populated and highly-regarded neighborhood up on a ridge above the town of San Vito. Linda Vista is on the road from San Vito to the Wilson Botanical Garden/Las Cruces Biological Station and Ciudad Neilly.

Countryside northwest of San Vito.

Countryside northwest of San Vito.

San Vito, founded in 1952 by Italian settlers, has a population of about 15,000 and is the county seat of Coto Brus, a highland rural county (canton) of coffee farms, small family cattle ranches and scattered villages with a total population of about 55,000. San Vito has all the services one expects in a vibrant community: schools, churches, hardware stores, supermarkets, gas stations, auto mechanics, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, hotels, doctors, lawyers, a regional hospital, and other retail establishments. While the area is still predominantly rural–one of its many charms–it hosts an increasingly cosmopolitan community of permanent and part-time residents from North America and Europe.

View of San Vito

View of San Vito from the Mirador at Finca Cántaros.

For more general information about San Vito and area, see the Lonely Planet webpage and the Moon Travel Guide webpage. A site in Spanish dedicated to the County/Canton of Coto Brus provides information and news about the county, including tourist attractions. We also encourage you to visit the San Vito Bird Club’s website and its very useful page of information for travelers.

San Vito, Costa Rica, from a satellite photo. Finca Cantaros (note the small lake) is in the lower right third of the photo.

San Vito, Costa Rica, from a satellite photo. Finca Cantaros (note the small lake) is in the lower right third of the photo.

The satellite photo below shows a closer view of San Vito than the photo above and has been annotated to show some of the principal roads and institutions. Finca Cantaros is out of this photo about 1.5 km further along road “A” (237) from the hospital.

San Vito, annotated satellite photo

For descriptions and tours of some of the attractions of the San Vito area, please visit these sites:

For birders. There is excellent birding at Finca Cantaros, but for other prime birding locations, please visit the very informative website of the San Vito Bird Club, a local not-for-profit organization that promotes birding, conservation, and natural history education in local elementary schools. Another unusually productive nearby birding site is the San Joaquin Wetlands near the San Vito airstrip:

Further afield. San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica) is 287 km away or about a 5-hour drive. There is daily bus service from San Vito to San Jose. The nearest intra-national commercial airport is about 74 km away in Golfito, about 1.5 hrs by taxi. (An excellent airstrip outside San Vito was completely resurfaced in 2010 but at present is used for private planes and charter service only.) It is about a 1.5-hr drive to the nearest quality beaches on the Pacific coast, especially the Ojochal-Uvita-Dominical corridor. Playa Zancudo and Pavones, further south on the Pacific coast, are just a couple of hours away. The famous Osa Peninsula is about a 3-hour drive; the Amistad International Park is a few hours drive to the north; and the convenient Rio Sereno border crossing with Panama is about 15 minutes away, providing access to the lovely Chiriqui highlands of Panama.

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