Spotting the Exotic and Rare: Wildlife in the Sierpe Mangrove Reserve

Posted by on Friday, September 28th, 2012 with 1

Sierpe Mangrove Searching for Wildlife

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The Osa Peninsula is one of the most protected regions in Costa Rica with an incredible diversity of rare and exotic wildlife.   Corcovado National Park and the many reserves in the area including the Sierpe Terrapa Wetland Reserve make it an excellent vacation spot for ecotourism and outdoor activities. 25% of Costa Rica’s land mass is protected either as a park or as a reserve. Founded in 1994, 66, 850 acres of raw nature make up this reserve. It is considered the richest mangrove swamp in the world. With its winding waterways and elaborate network of canals, lagoons, swamps and mangrove forests makes this reserve an excellent place for a boating bird watching tour.  It is home to two of Costa Rica’s endemic bird species plus numerous migratory and resident birds.  Of course, as I mentioned earlier this week, the Sierpe River mangroves are also great for fishing. The reserve is a wonder of nature teaming with exotic wildlife to be observed and explored. Continue reading…

Snorkeling in the Sweetest Gulf: A Great Day Trip When Visiting the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Thursday, September 27th, 2012 with 0

 

Snorkeling Gulfo Dulce Reef

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With one of the deepest gulfs in the world and an abundance of coral reefs, the Osa Peninsula is a great place to go snorkeling.  Drake Bay is one of the most popular spots for amateur and professional scuba snorkeling and scuba diving.  Not far from the coastline is the protected biological preserve Cano Island, which is a popular dive site if you want to venture deeper into the ocean than snorkeling permits. Combining a snorkeling with a boat trip out to Cano Island to do some whale or dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day when visiting the Osa Peninsula. The  Peninsula has approximately half of Costa Rica’s 500,000 species. Continue reading…

Finding Freedom in Escaping Civilization: Fishing and Other Activities Along The Sierpe River

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 with 0

Mouth of Sierpe River

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Located along northern border of the Osa Peninsula is the Sierpe River, the gateway to the beautiful exotic Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing.  There is something here for everyone who loves the outdoors. When taking a well needed break from the hectic pace of modern life, it is a great place to book a vacation. With its warm waters, prolific fish holding structures and numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean, some of the best fishing is found in the Osa Peninsula. There is an abundance of Red Snapper and Snook in the Sierpe River, and you can be sure that you will catch your dinner after a day of fishing here.  There are parts of this river with left hand breaks that you can surf. Another popular activist are taking wildlife tours up the river where you will spot monkeys, crocodiles, rare exotic wildlife, and hundreds of different bird species including Macaw and Toucan.

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Yellowfin Tuna Valued at $1 Million Caught

Posted by on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 with 0

World Record Yellowfin Tuna

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Last week, a potential world record yellowfin tuna was caught 200 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas and could be worth a million dollars. The tuna weighs in at over 400 lbs. These large gamefish are typically a frustrating catch for anglers. Yellowfin are considered the strongest and fastest of all the big game fish and create a real challenge for anglers. They are known as albacore in French and commonly referred to as such. They are a highly migratory fish are found in warm waters throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Yellowfin are abundant in the Osa Peninsula. Continue reading…

Catch and Eat: From Fishing to Recipes for Dorado and Tuna

Posted by on Monday, September 24th, 2012 with Comments Off

Fishing for Dorado and Snapper

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I love to eat fish and some of my favorite recipes include tuna, dorado and snapper.  So when there is an opportunity to go out and catch one, and then enjoy it later that night for dinner that to me is ideal. Plus, there is nothing more sustainable than catching your own dinner instead of relying on large scale commercial fishing. In Costa Rica, while there is a catch and release policy for most large game fish as well as vulnerable fish populations. There are still quite a few fishes out there that are available to catch, and yes, take home to prepare many different ways. And if you’re on vacation, many of resorts and hotels will prepare your catch for you upon request. Continue reading…

Getting Lost in the Clouds: Hiking Osa Peninsula’s Cloud Forest

Posted by on Friday, September 21st, 2012 with 0

Photographing Cloud Forest

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The Osa Peninsula’s unique biodiversity is comprised of eight different habitats including Cloud Forest.  These micro-climates are what creates and supports the incredible biodiversity of the region. Venturing into Cloud Forests takes you well beyond roadways and modern life into a pristine world where you can get lost in the wonders of nature.  It is an adventure high into the mountains of the rainforests that cover Costa Rica and border the ocean.  It is unlike any other place in the world rich in magic and wonder. A trek through Corcovado National Park can take you up to the Cloud Forest. It is a hike worth the journey to experience being in this forest. The Cloud Forests are home to incredible species and flora diversity and because of their rarity and remoteness, there is not a lot of research done on these majestic forested areas. Continue reading…

Snappity Snap It’s a Giant Snapper: Fly Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 1

Fly Fishing GIant Snapper

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The Osa Peninsula is the last great peninsula untouched by civilization and offers some of the best fly fishing in the world with waters abundant in roosterfish, snapper, pompano,  grouper and other big game fish.  With the recent plan for a marina, this area is sure to become an even more popular fishing destination that will be able to accommodate more boaters. With and abundance of fish and strong conservation programs in place, the Osa Peninsula is fisherman’s dream. Grouper and Snapper are two of the most common catches. The Osa Peninsula is known for its giant Bug Cubera that are plentiful in these waters. While not as difficult as catching a Marlin, you are definitely in for a battle when fly fishing for a big bad Cubera.  They are a strong feisty fish.  Continue reading…

Lions and Tigers of the Ocean: Billfish in the Pacific

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 0

Billfish: Marlin

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Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish, these billfish are the lions and tigers of the sea. These billfish are great for sport fishing expeditions. On a hot sunny day in Costa Rica, amateurs and professionals alike head out into the deep blue Pacific waters to catch a billfish. In the Southern Pacific Coast, catching a Marlin is the real adventure and challenge.  You can spend an entire day just waiting to catch one of the giant sea creatures.  August through December is the peak season to catch a Marlin with Sailfish available year round. The challenge is what makes it worth the wait.  Sailfish and Marlin are the most popular billfish caught in the Southern Pacific off the coast of Costa Rica. Anglers travel here from all over the world to fish for these billfish. Continue reading…

Raising Your Ecological IQ: Ecotourism as Fun Education For Families

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 with 0

 

Costa Rica Family Ecotour

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Costa Rica is a family friendly favored spot for ecotourism. An environmentally conscious country known for being a top international travel destination spot for eco-adventures off all types including families.  Form hiking to snorkeling to to rappelling to fishing, here you can explore the incredible rainforest as well as the Pacific Ocean in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Osa Peninsula, with Corcovado National Park and acres of protected reserves, is a great place to visit for a family eco-adventure and fishing vacation. You can explore one of the richest biologically diverse places on the planet. Here you can spot exotic animals and species that in many of parts of the world are on the verge of extinction. Costa Rica is like a real life Dr. Doolittle wonder and what could be better for both adults and their kids to share. Unfortunately, this diversity is threatened due to climate change. Continue reading…

From Adventure to Dining: Costa Rica Centers Around Fishing

Posted by on Monday, September 17th, 2012 with 1

Costa Rica Fishing

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Costa Rica is one of the best fishing spots in the world and after a long day of fishing or hiking through the rainforest, everyone is ready for a good hearty dinner.  Abundant in fresh fish, vegetables and fruit available combined with the a strong Spanish influence, Costa Rica has some real epicurean treats.  With its cultural history, of course black beans and rice are staples for meals here combined with other foods. A Casada is a typical Costa Rican dish, which has beans and rice served with fish, meat and chicken. But you can also enjoy incredible dishes with influences from all over the world and if you choose to.  Probably what makes the food so good is that to start most of it is grown locally so everything you eat here is fresh.  With a year-long growing season, there is never a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a daily locally caught fish if you are by the sea. Continue reading…