Spotting the Maginificent: Dolphin and Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Whale Watching in the Golfo Dulce
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I’m sure you never go out of the house without putting on your sunscreen because you know overexposure to sun will give you a sunburn or even worse, cancer.  Whales and dolphins are also suffering from sunburns due to ozone depletion, but for them to have protection from the sun they need a cleaner atmosphere, which means clean energy. Costa Rica announced today that they will be taking a loan to build a massive hydro-electric damn that will make this country the first nation in the world to run on 100% renewable energy.  Costa Rica is already at 90% renewable energy.  The whales and dolphins are probably cheering about this announcement because as recent reports show many whales and dolphins are on the endangered species list. In the Osa Peninsula, you can spend a day dolphin and whale watching and it is well worth the adventure to learn more about these intelligent mammals. Dolphins and whales are simply magnificent playful creatures to watch in action. Continue reading

Showing off the Prized Catch: Costa Rica Offshore Fishing

While the big game fish in Costa Rica are all catch and release there are some fish for the taking while offshore fishing in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It’s another sunny day in the Osa Peninsula and these Crocodile Bay guests celebrate their diverse catches for the day.

Costa Rica Ready to Fish
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In Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula and ready to go sport fishing for the day.

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Top 3 Reasons Costa Rica is a Number One Fishing Destination

 

Costa Rica Sport Fishing
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Costa Rica is a world renown fishing destination spot but what makes the happiest country in the world numbers one for fishing?  With plenty of surf, sun and fun, Costa Rica scores higher than just about any top fishing destination when it comes to the abundance and diversity of fish. Plus, it is not expensive to travel to this small country. It’s affordability makes it attainable to pretty much any savvy traveler and it is also a family friendly destination. Continue reading

Spotting the Beautiful Birds of the Osa Peninsula

Spotting the beautiful colorful birds of Costa Rica while taking a Crocodile Bay eco tour in the Osa Peninsula is a delightful adventure. The Peninsula is home to over 400 species of birds and revered as one of the most biologically intense places in the world.

Scarlet Macaw Eating
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Spotted a Scarlet Macaw nibbling on something green.

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The Fabulous Birds of Costa Rica: An Eco Tour Adventure

Gartered Trogon
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A bird watching tour is one of the most popular eco tours in Costa Rica. There are over 800 different kinds of birds in Costa Rica that is more than all the birds in United States and Canada combined. The Osa Peninsula being a pocket of incredible biodiversity is home to over 400 species of birds including the Scarlet Macaw, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Baird’s Trogon, White-tipped Sicklebill, Band-tailed Barbthroat,  Turquoise Cotinga, Yellow-billed Cotinga, White-crested Coquette, Marbled Wood-Quail, Charming Hummingbird, Mangrove Hummingbird, Golden-naped Woodpecker, Red-rumped Woodpecker, Black-hooded Antshrike, Pearl Kite, King Vulture and Red- throated Caracara. What makes Costa Rica so incredibly rich in plant and animal life? Continue reading

Vacation Time: Dorado Booming in the Pacific

Flying Dorado
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Great news for sport fishermen: Dorado populations, also known as mahi-mahi in Hawaiian, are booming in Costa Rica.  There is a strong vibrant healthy pool of dorado weighing in at about  25 pounds. Fishing is on the increase on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.  These funny looking fish look like a cuddly monster, or a sea version of a bulldog with their aggressive faces and vibrant green and yellow color. They are fast too, and a real challenge to catch. They look and behave like a sea maverick, making them a lot of fun to hook and reel in. Continue reading

Marine Life and Fish Stocks: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity is Good for the World and the Economy

Marine Biodiversity
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While last night’s United States Presidential debate ignored climate change, the biggest threat facing the world. World leaders continue to meet in India this week at the COP 11 (Conference of the Parties) hosted by the United Nations Environmental Program to discuss protecting biodiversity from complete collapse.  Sport fishermen, especially anglers, are very aware of the impact overfishing, climate change and ocean pollution are having on fish stocks because they experience the problem first hand. Many are long time conservation advocates whose work has played a critical role in passing important legislation to safeguard our oceans. Continue reading