I cannot wait to go back to this island – it is absolutely gorgeous! We took an excursion to Gumbalimba Preservation Park because I wanted to visit the spider monkey preserve. The tour took to the park by bus although you can also visit by pirate ship. The approximately 2-hr guided tour took us through Coxen’s Cave, across a rope bridge, ending at the monkey preserve.
Each person has the opportunity for a monkey to climb onto them for photos. You are not obligated to purchase the photos and you are also able to take your own at the same time. There are refreshments and you can end your tour by spending some time on the beach, strolling around the park yourself, or shopping at the craft stalls. You just go and wait for your bus when you are ready to leave.
The bus ride was wonderful. It took us over the crest of the island where the views were just awesome. This short visit left me wanting more.