Category Archives: Ecotours

Costa Rica Summer Vacations

Crocodile Bay has long been known as one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world. What is little known is that Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination located in the area of Costa Rica National Geographic Magazine has referred to as “The most biologically intense place on Earth.”  The other little known fact is that Crocodile Bay Resort offers 30 unique Costa Rica tour options that include zip lining, snorkeling, birding, hiking, biking, dolphin and whale watching, monkey tours, guided kayak fishing, surf casting, chocolate tour, botanical gardens, paddle boarding, surfing, sea turtle rescue and more.

It’s very common for elite anglers to wrap up a great Costa Rica vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort and say “Wow..I’m coming back here with the whole family”. With a luxury Spa to top off the experience, Crocodile Bay Resort truly is  a unique vacation destination that has something to offer those of all ages and skill levels.

We hope you enjoy this Costa Rica travel video designed to educate you about the magic you and your family or significant other can experiences in one of the most amazing vacation destinations on Earth.

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Costa Rica Surfing – Learning to Ride Your First Wave at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report – Costa Rica Surfing – Learning to Surf in Costa Rica,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director

Surfs UP@!

Dennis AttencioCosta Rica is a popular destination worldwide for its wealth of natural resources and is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Most of these visitors come here looking for quiet, secluded places like the many primal rainforests or the miles of pristine beaches.

Fortunately for the guests of Crocodile Bay Resort, they may enjoy both without having to be far the rainforest or the warm waters of the sandy beaches of the South Pacific Coast.




The surfing, fishing and biodiversity are the most important attractions for Crocodile Bay’s home, the Osa Peninsula, which has more than 80 percent of the remaining primary forest in all of Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for an active vacation and the excitement of learning something new like surfing with the stunning low land rain forest as a backdrop, we have the perfect beach – Playa Pan Dulce wich means “ Sweet bread”.

This amazing beach is located only 18km northwest from CBR in an area named Mata Palo, the waves there are perfect for learning to surf, they are long and not too fast.

Our bilingual instructor will give you step by step, easy to learn instructions on how and where the waves are and how to ride them standing up in the soft top boards(provided by Crocodile Bay). Our instructor(s) will also be with you in the water making sure that you are following every single step to get that unparalleled feeling of “riding a wave”

After that our staff will have an ice-cold cooler stocked with bottled water, juices, sodas, beers and fruit to reward you for learning this new skill that you can take home with you and enjoy for years to come.

This beautiful surf spot is also populated by several unique rainforest birds and animals such as the scarlet macaw and monkeys who visit this beach all day long in different groups.


Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director

Corcovado National Park by Air

In October 1975, 45,757 hectares of land were taken from the Osa Peninsula to establish the area as a National Park. This has been one of the most important decisions in favor of protecting our country’s natural resources and the planets rainforst systems to date.

Corcovado National Park, Costa RIca

We now know that Corcovado National Park has more biodiversity than anywhere else in the world of the same geographic size. With an enormous 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity, this ecologically intense area has become the crown jewel of Costa Rica leaving an ecological wonder for future generations to enjoy and protect.

Costa Rica Rainforest

Corcovado has 5 monitoring stations including the Sirena station which is located deep in the forest. This is also the primary destination for all visitors who love nature such as recent guests Jimmy and Carlos who are lovers of orchids, bromeliads and palms.

The Martins were eager to see one of the most visited National parks in Costa Rica to enjoy all of it’s biologiclall wealth. Visiting Corcovado can be done by land, water or air. A plane ride is the most efficient choice to get to the heart of the park quickly and have enough time to walk the trails of the Sirena station where there is more opportunity to observe some of the wildlife in a single day.

The flight from Crocodile Bay to Sirena is 12 minutes and during the trip one can be seen the dense vegetation that extends from the mountains to the cobalt blue waters of the Pacific. You can also see the large number of river systems and the beautiful lagoon of Corcovado.

Corcovado River

Once in Sirena, we began our 7 hour hike, walking along its lush twisting trails. Jimmy and Don Carlos were fascinated by the different species of orchids and bromeliads of the primary rainforest and we were lucky to view several animals including two red-brocket deer and anteaters very close to us. After 5 hours of walking in the rain forest we arrived at Rio Claro where we had lunch and we took a refreshing swim in its clear water.


The day was beautiful without rain and the return on the plane was pretty amazing because of the spectacular views along the coast including pristine beach and large rock formations jutting out along the coast.

Corcovado Coast View

We arrived back at Crocodile Bay to Puerto Jimenez at 3:30 am physically very tired but very happy to have been in “the most ecologically Intense Place on Earth”

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2012 Eco Report Archives

Dennis AttencioCrocodile Bay Eco Report – January 2012
by Dennis Atencio

Crocodile Bay is much more than a sport fishing destination, we currently offer over 20 exciting eco-tours that allow you to explore one of the most ecologically intense places on the planet, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Below are some photos and descriptions of two of our most popular tours, The Monkey Tour and the Tour of Costa Rica’s “Sweet Gulf” (Golf Dulce).

One of the most popular tours, the Monkey Tour, allows you to explore a beautifully coastal forest full of wildlife. Afterward you enjoy a short hike to a thundering waterfall (pictured below) where you can cool off in the exhilarating temperatures of its water. Of course you will also find many types of animals such as Monkeys (Spider, Howler, Squirrel and White Face), Scarlet Macaws, Toucans and several other exotic birds species. You will also have the opportunity to see beautiful secluded beaches and many other interesting places. Come and amaze yourself!

The Golfo Dulce is one of the most beautiful and charming spots in the Costa Rica’s southern region, enjoy the warm temperatures of its water. Taking any of our boat tours you will have the great opportunity to explore it above water, snorkeling or just taking a boat excursion to the gulf, where dolphins will appear and make an unforgettable experience for you.



Getting Better With Time: Ecotourism

Ecotourism Costa Rica
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Countries such as Costa Rica, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia are known as ectourism hot spots.  Ecotourism requires that the footprint of the traveler on natural resources be a sustainable one. Nations with large undeveloped land bases became interested in ecotourism because it provides a way to generate income that benefits the local economy and at the same time protects the ecosystem.  In Costa Rica, tourism earnings surpass those of coffee and bananas.

The development of ecotourism dates back to the 1960s when public concern about environmental issues increased. Conservation groups formed to lobby governments to set aside land not just for tourists or endangered animals but to also preserve the natural integrity of the ecosystem. These groups found that support for conservation efforts was stronger if people experienced  endangered species first hand. In other words, people who have a direct experience with nature are more likely to be sensitive to environmental issues.  For those living in large urban areas in the west, there is a disconnect between the natural environment and the urban one.  As great as the latest developments in technology are, the opportunity to unplug for a week and connect with nature is good for our well-being and the planet.
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Priceless or Worthless: Critically Endangered Species Report Calls for Global Action

Critically Endangered Monkey
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Today scientists, Jonathan E M Baillie and Ellen R Butcher, supported by 8000 additional scientists, released Priceless or Worthless: The world’s most threatened species, listing the 100 must critically endangered species on the planet. While none of Costa Rica’s endangered species made the critically endangered list, it raised interesting points and concerns about saving endangered species and how we value life on planet earth. There are 373 endangered species in Costa Rica, and this country’s pro-environmental stance has been critical in ensuring that species that may have gone from endangered to critically endangered have not.  Despite the alarming reports released daily on climate change and the ramifications, it is hard to fathom why more aggressive action is not being taken on a global scale. It defeats logic and the principles of the happiness index. What is holding us back from moving forward and what do we need to do as a global community to solve these critical problems?  The report questions our value systems. It states “Our materialistic world, however, tends to restrict its attention to what is useful to human kind, has an immediate monetary value and considers the rest as obstacles.” Continue reading

Earthquake: Playing with The Ring of Fire and Our Happiness

Map of Costa Rica Earthquake

After a major 7.8 earthquake struck Costa Rica on Saturday, it is a reminder that as the impact of climate change intensifies so too does the frequency of storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes. While life is back to normal with people surfing and the beaches full, it is a reminder of this region’s incredible veracity. They have experienced aftershocks as strong as 5.6 with a total of 1650 aftershocks. After last weeks quakes, volcanoes are being closely monitored.  Evidence from other countries around the Pacific Rim shows that movements of 7 or higher causes a change in volcanic activity. On Saturday neighboring Nicaragua’s largest volcano erupted three times prompting the evacuation thousands.  In Costa Rica, Arenal suffered moderate rock avalanches. Continue reading

Love and Happiness: Costa Rica the Happiest Country in the World

Happiness Index

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…The Gross National Product (the primary means of economic progress) measured everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. ~Robert Kennedy


How do we define it?

How do have more of it?

When it comes to the Happiness Index, Costa Rica ranks number one in the world. This small country abolished its army years ago and put the money into education, social security, and protection of its national parks. According to President Laura Chinchilla, these actions are the basis for why Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. The results seem to speak for themselves. Its growing popularity as both a tourist destination and spot that expats, seeking a higher quality of life, are moving to is evidence that this small country is doing something right. If Costa Rica lives by the principle of attraction rather than promotion, it is attracting people from all over the world. Is this small Latin American country an example for the world to model? Continue reading

Shake, Rattle and Roll- Earthquake Strikes But We’re Still Surfing

Earthquake Crack
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A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica yesterday morning sending people scurrying into a brief panic before resuming regular daily life.  It was the strongest earthquake to strike Costa Rica in 50 years. The quake hit some 25 miles under the surface so luckily the damage was minimal. It was felt as far as Panama and Nicaragua. At first, there was a tsunami warming issued but the warning has been called off.  Areas did suffer power outages and structural damage to buildings and roads but the reported damage is minimal. Luckily, there were very few injuries. Overall for such a huge quake, there is very little clean up to do. The good news is that the waves are huge and surfers are heading to the beach especially along the Southern Pacific Coast. Continue reading

Doing the Right Thing: Forest Conservation in the Osa Peninsula


Osa Peninsula Forest
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Forest conservation efforts in the Osa Peninsula are critical to ensuring the balance of the planet’s ecosystem and species survival. The forest are the earth’s lungs.  The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically intense places in the world. Preserving the Osa’s forest is critical to the many species that live in this area.  Tropical forest cover less than 2% of the planets surface but are home to more than 50% of existing species. Osa Conservation and The National Resource Defense Council partnered up to undertake expansive reforestation efforts in this region to preserve this habitat for the incredibly rich diversity of plants, fauna and species that call this home. This Southern part of Costa Rica contains the last remnants of Central American Pacific tropical rain forest.  71% of the forest in the Peninsula is protected including Corcovado National Park and the surrounding reserves. Continue reading

Striking Gold: Cultural History of the Osa Peninsula

Gold Panning

A favorite thing to do when visiting the Osa Peninsula is taking a day hike ecotour to the Tigres Rivers, a former gold mining spot in Corcovado National Park. Exploring this former gold mining area is an adventure back in time. The region was a thriving area for gold prospectors who came here in droves to strike it rich beginning with the early settlers. Named by Columbus, “The Rich Coast,” the Osa Peninsula was famous for its abundance of gold deposits.   In the 1930s, the discovery of gold triggered an economic boom.  The Peninsula was one of Costa Rica’s largest gold bearing regions until the 1980s.  At 21 karats, it is some of the world’s most pure gold.  In the 1970s gold mining was declared illegal with the creation of Corcovado National Park. Continue reading

What’s For Dinner?: Sustainable Fishing


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What’s for dinner? It’s a global question asked every night by people,  but few ask,  is it sustainable?  Fish often finds it way to the dinner plate.   Fish is a favorite food because it is brain food and low in calories helping to keep us healthy and in shape. However, most of us don’t think about the consequences of what we eat. The thought of whether of not our dinner plate is sustainable does not even cross the average mind. In the USA,  you can pretty much eat anything you want anytime of the year.

For most anglers, the ability to catch a fish and then eat it is a very rewarding experience.  Unsustainable commercial fishing practices threaten this tradition. For thousands of years, man has hunted for his dinner but without strong marine conservation programs, many game fish face extinction. Catch and release programs and sustainable fishing practices are implemented to protect vulnerable fish populations. Continue reading