Humpback whale-watching season starts in Costa Rica

At the very bottom of Costa Rica, the placid blue waters of the Golfo Dulce shine like a mirror most days, reflecting occasional clouds and the immense cerulean sky. Its calm surface is broken by the odd small, local boat cruising along, but the most action is caused by dolphins frolicking or fishing, sea turtles swimming, fish jumping out of the water, and marine birds diving for those fish.

This time of year, the Gulf gets even busier with visiting migrating Humpback Whales. The “inner sea” of Golfo Dulce, known as a tropical fjord, on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast by the Osa Peninsula is a critical habitat for Humpback Whales and is key to the species’ survival, according to the Center of Cetacean Investigation of Costa Rica (CEIC). Whales arrive to reproduce and give birth in the warm waters of Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, from the Ballena National Marine Park just south of Dominical down to the Golfo Dulce. Continue reading »

Take a tour to find Costa Rica’s most beloved creatures

The steel eyes of a Jaguar in Costa Rica
The steel eyes of a Jaguar in Costa Rica

Olive Ridley turtle in Tortuguero National Park
Olive Ridley turtle in Tortuguero National Park
Close up to Chestnut Toucan in Drake Bay
Close up to Chestnut Toucan in Drake Bay

 

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Top Costa Rica Bird Watching Hotspots

Resplendent Quetzal

 

With over 800 documented avian species in Costa Rica, it comes as no surprise that bird watching in the country is unparalleled. Here is a list of our top places to see for phenomenal Costa Rican birding:

  • Palo Verde National Park – Located at the mouth of the Tempisque River, Palo Verde National Park is home to species like the toucan, currassow and scarlet macaw along with egret, spoonbill and ibis. You can also expect to find various hummingbird and other breathtaking species in the area.

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Costa Rica: Tips for Photographing Nature

 

Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan

Costa Rica is a nature photographer’s playground. You’ll never run out of subjects, whether you’re there for a week, a month, or keep coming back for more. Its diverse ecosystems include rainforests, cloud forests, dry forests, beaches, mangroves, waterways, mountains, volcanoes, and an abundance of wildlife, birds, and reptiles.

Professional nature photographer Todd Gustafson shares his top tips for making the most of your time in Costa Rica so you can return with a portfolio as abundant as the rainforest.

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16 amazing animal facts you won’t believe

Animals are amazing things; all of us are unique and sometimes very unusual in our behaviour. Here at Frontier HQ, we are fascinated by all things nature, and so we have put together a list of all of the very best and most interesting and downright funny facts about animals we could find.

1. The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.

Image courtesy of Phu Thinh Co

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3 Easy-to-Spot Endangered Animals of Costa Rica

endangered Central American squirrel monkey

Two endangered subspecies of Central American squirrel monkey live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s endangered animals, from the majestic jaguar to the lumbering leatherback turtle, are legendary. But spotting threatened manatees, ocelots and blue macaws in the wild is a challenging blend of adventure, skilled guides, and a huge dose of luck. But in some cases, luck is on your side. And those are what I like to call Costa Rica’s “easiest-to-spot” endangered animals.

In total, Costa Rica is home tomore than 250 endangered plant and animal species – some a lot easier to spot than others. These threatened species enjoy the freedom and protection afforded by the country’s vast wilds – rain forests, cloud forests, river gorges, dry forests and other important habitats. In fact, more than 25% of all Costa Rican land is national park, wildlife sanctuary, or protected reserve. So grab your binoculars, put on your hiking boots, and wander off the beaten path, and you’ll have a good chance of spotting endangered animals in their natural habitats.

Check out these beauties: three of the most commonly sighted endangered animals in Costa Rica (and where you’re most likely to find them):

 

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