La Tovara: Jungle Boat Ride

For birdwatchers and nature lovers, La Tovara Nature Preserve, near the colonial town of San Blas, is well worth a visit. You will see turtles, crocodiles, fish and lots of bird life.

Considered by many to be the top spot for birding in Mexico, more than 250 species of birds call La Tovara home, among them purple gallinules, American coots, anhingas, snail kites, crested caracaras, roseate spoonbills, black-bellied tree ducks, bumblebee hummingbirds, and boat-billed heron. Best bird watching season is between October and early April.

The boat ride lasts approximately an hour and a half. There is a protected place to swim in the fresh water at the far end of the boat trip. There are tables and a restaurant there as well. The boat man waits for a half an hour to an hour at this rest stop. Each boat holds from one to twelve people. Ticket prices vary.

Food stands and shaded picnic area. Public restroom.

Getting There From Fresh Breeze Inn

After a 45-minute scenic drive north along the coast towards San Blas, you will come to the launching area for the Jungle Boat Ride. (La Tovara) A van and driver can be arranged for those without transportation.

Historic San Blas is about 20 minutes by road to the north.