The best birdwatching spots in Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest, photo by Tilly Clark

Costa Rica is a tiny country with a wealth of flora and fauna, and it is actually one of the most diverse countries in Central America when it comes to nature and natural landscapes. If you like trekking in the wild and coming up close and personal with wildlife in your travels, then Costa Rica will not let you down. Birdwatchers especially will have their work cut out for them in this lovely country.There are many types of forests, different climates and ecosystems, which means that there is an incredible variety of bird species.  So pack your copy of An Illustrated Field Guide to Birds of Costa Rica,  and check out some of the best birdwatching spots in Costa Rica.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest is a great place for adventures of all sorts, from exploration and walking to hiking, but it’s the over 400 species of birds that make this spot priceless for birdwatchers. The forest is most of the time enveloped in wispy clouds, and this creates a green and wet environment where plants and animals can thrive. One of the most beautiful species you can observe in Monteverde is the resplendent quetzal bird.

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park, photo by Miguel Vieira

The lush Corcovado National Park is known not only for its eye-catching scenery, but also for the large number of macaws that live in the trees. Birdwatchers will find that this park is one of the best birdwatching spots in Costa Rica, because the scarlet macaws are not the only feathered residents – there are more than 400 species of birds in the park.

Whale Marine National Park

If you prefer watching waterbird frolicking in the water and catching their prey, then the Whale Marine National Park is the place to go. Some of the most interesting species that you can see in the park are frigate birds, boobies, ibises and pelicans. And while you’re at it, you might even catch a glimpse of the great humpback whales that migrate here from December to April.

Carara National Park

photo by GIPE25 on Flickr

Carara National Park is the northernmost region of Costa Rica’s rainforest, and it is also located very close to San Jose, which makes it very convenient to visit. Since geographically, the forest is an inbetween region, you can find species of birds both from the rainforest, and from the dry tropical forest stretching to the north.

Cahuita National Park

Toucans, parrots,and  rufous kingfishers are some of the most interesting species of birds that you can find in Costa Rica, and all of these three birds can be found in Cahuita National Park. Hike from Kelly Creek station to Cahuita village, and you will be able to glimpse green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, and some of the other 400 species of birds.

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