Discover A Secret Garden Along the Golfo Dulce

Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012

Welcome Sign

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Tucked away in a remote spot along the Golfo Dulce is a magnificent botanical garden. New Hampshire natives Ron and Trudy McCallister while on a roadtrip from the USA to South America purchased an old cacao plantation and created the Casa Orquideas Botanical Gardens. Located at the base of the Piedras Blancas Mountains, they turned these five acres into a majestic “Garden of Eden.” Ron and Trudy, self-taught botanists, applied their years of knowledge to create this little exotic garden paradise. Today the garden supports conservation and education efforts and hosts many visitors to guided or unguided tours every year. Continue reading…

Spottting Humpbacks in Matapalo

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012

Humpack Whale

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Besides the great right hand breaks, Matapalo is also a key spot for Humpback Whale watching.  The 5th largest of the whale species, they can grow as long as 52 feet and weigh up to 50 tons. They may be gray, black or mottled and most likely have white on its flipperss and underside. These great mammals of the sea arrive here twice a year from the Northern Hemisphere in January and February and then from the Southern Hemisphere in August and September.  You can sometimes see a pod of 50 or more migrating offshore to the south.  Mothers will bring their calves into the Golfo Dulce to teach their young how to feed on their own and breach.  Sadly, these endangered species are under increased stress due to the acceleration of climate change. Continue reading…

Nature in Balance: The Butterflies of Costa Rica

Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Butterflies

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Greeks believed butterflies represented the human soul, and for the Chinese and Japanese, butterflies represent the presence of loved ones. These mystical creatures with their delicate wings are insects and one of the many species that inhabitat Costa Rica. Hecale Longwing, Owl Butterfly, Florida White, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail and Blue Morpho are among the many varieties of butterflies found throughout the country’s many microclimates and habitats. Continue reading…

The Undying Lands

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Corcovado Rainforest Trail

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While poking around for a blog topic today, I found an advertisement that sparked my interest. In order to protect a patch of rainforest bordering Corcovado National Park from development, a couple bought the land and are now selling it into parcels for sustainable houses that will be part of a nature preserve. With human habitat included in the development plan, the reserve will restore migration paths and habitats for the native species. This couple devised sustainable development plan to raise the funding for a nature preserve.

Sustainable development is a term growing in popularity these days but what does it mean? The United Nations defined it in Our Common Future as follows:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.” Continue reading…

Save the Sea Turtles

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Costa Rica Sea Turtles

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With their impressive beauty and gigantic stature, the fabled sea turtle is on the verge going bye bye from planet earth. Species extinction is largely the result of human development and the destruction of the environment. The once abundant sea turtle now dwindling population reveals the problems caused by unsustainable development. Conservation groups play a critical role in protecting endangered species. Continue reading…

Escape and Unplug: Inshore Fishing in Costa Rica

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Golfo Dulce at the Mouth of Rio Platanares, Puerto Jimenez

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Drake Bay, Matapalo, Puerto Jimenez and 
Golfito are hot spots for inshore fishing on the Pacific side of southern Costa Rica. A favorite getaway spot for international travelers and anglers, this region remains virtually untouched by large-scale tourists. With rainforests, pristine beaches and wildlife reserves, you can get lost here for days. You can unplug here and escape the hectic daily grind of urban life while enjoying world-class fishing in one of the most pristine places on earth.

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Corcovado National Park: Where Adventure Meets Sustainable Development and Conservation

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Waterfall in Corcovado National Park

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Exploring the Osa Peninsula this week brings us to the pinnacle of biodiversity in Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park, which is home to the mangroves explored yesterday. The park covers one-third of the Osa Peninsula. With 13 major ecosystems including lowland rainforest, highland cloud forest, jolillio palm forest, mangrove swamps, and coastal and marine habitats, this park is unlike any other place in the world. With its multitude of ecosystems and species, it is the outdoor adventure of a lifetime or maybe even a romantic place to consider having a non-traditional eco friendly wedding or honeymoon. Here sustainable development and conservation efforts have created a destination spot for both the amateur and the most experienced traveler.

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Paddling Through Golfo Dulce’s Mystical Mangroves

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

 

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Yesterday, we explored one of Costa Rica’s most treasured places, the G0lfo Dulce. Part of what makes the area so special is its rich mangrove forest, which is a vital part of this magnificent diverse ecosystem. Whether taking a kayak ecotour or boating through the swampy rivers to fish, it is worth taking the time to take a breath and really absorb this incredible habitat. Paddling through the gentle winding waterways by kayak is a favorite way to see the mangroves and experience the incredible biodiversity.

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Discovering a Costa Rica Sweet Spot: Golfo Dulce

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Image Source: Golfito, Costa Rica

Looking to escape to the world of Jurassic Park in real life? Consider traveling to Golfo Dulce, located between the Osa Peninsula and Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast. With one of only three tropical forest estuaries in the world, it is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Gulfo Dulce receives tropical runoff from eight rivers (the Platanares, Tigre, Agujas, Barrigones, Conte, Rincon, Esquinas, and the Coto) into a confined embayment without ocean currents, creating low surface-salinity levels which makes it a fresh-water gulf. With an abundance of wildlife and sea life, the biodiversity here is unlike any other place in the world.

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Costa Rica Fishing Report July 2012, Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Above, PENN Fishing’s Hunter Cole exults in his first tuna of the trip and in the flawless performance of the new Penn Spinfisher V series.

The marlin were not present for the PENN Media Summit held here at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica, where Penn Tackle introduced their brand new Spinfisher V  model spinning gear which is the strongest spinning gear made to date.


Coastal Angler’s Charlie McCullough was the life of the party on
and off the boat. Nice Rooster Charlie!

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SaltWater Sportsman’s Blair Wickstrom with a nice tuna


PENN’s new SpinFisher V…one word..AWESOME!

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Sport Fishing Magazine’s Doug Olander

The writers did get a true test of the gear as the yellowfin tuna schooled offshore every day and fish in the 30 to 60 pound range kept them busy. The marlin are a little late this year, maybe due to lack of rain or they are just waiting for this moon to pass. Private sportfishing boats that have been camping overnight at 60 to 70 miles report lots of marlin so their arrival is expected soon.

Costal Angler, Florida Sportsman, On the Water, Saltwater Sportsman, Sport Fishing, The Fisherman, Western Outdoor News, Stripersonline.com, and Bloodydecks.com were some of the media represented. Thanks to John Bartow, Hunter Cole, Mike Rice and the rest of the Penn crew everyone had a good time.

The inshore fishing continues to produce roosterfish and a few snapper. John Brownlee filming a show for Saltwater Sportsman TV brought in an 80 amberjack on the new Penn gear.
I want to thank Tab and Sonia Betsworth for the photos of the trip…. Nice fish

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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