Animals of Costa Rica

Take a walk on the wild side and see an endless array of monkeys, majestic whales, nesting turtles, one of a kind birds, and sloths you’ll want to take home with you.

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Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Tony and Dawn Psaromatis are anxious to start their long-awaited honeymoon, but first they have a tough decision to make: Where will they spend their romantic getaway? Will it be the Hotel Punta Islita, a secluded resort that’s within walking distance of the beach? Or somewhere else? 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

The Hotel Punta Islita also has many activities for guests. Tony and Dawn go zip lining through the Costa Rican rainforest. 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Concierge Marvin Seas takes Tony and Dawn on a tour of the Hotel Punta Islita’s private beach. 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

The pool at the secluded Hotel Punta Islita. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The jumbo-sized master suites at Tabacon Grand Spa are the ultimate in luxury. The resort, located at the base of one of the world’s 10 most active volcanoes, has one of the most recognized luxury spas in the world. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The view of the active Arenal Volcano from Tabacon Grand Spa. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The 5-star luxury resort has 2 restaurants and offers the ultimate in rainforest relaxation. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

None of the thermal spas at Tabacon are man-made; everything is natural. The different pools range from 77 to 102 degrees. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn arrive at the Tabacon eager to see the first of the 3 potential hotels for their long-overdue honeymoon. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn take a dip in one of Tabacon’s spa pools. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The bedroom of the impressive master suite at Tabacon Grand Spa. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn get a taste of how the other half lives while touring the enormous suite at Tabacon. 960 1280

  

Zephyr Palace

Zephyr Palace

The stunning infinity pool at Zephyr Palace is located about 1,000 feet above the resort’s private beach. 960 1280

  

Zephyr Palace

Zephyr Palace

Tony and Dawn take in the incredible view from one of the 7 suites at Zephyr Palace. So where did they ultimately decide to stay? Watch to find out! 960 1280

  

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Four Seasons is as close to perfection as it gets. The suites -- described by the hotel as luxury tree houses -- are perched in the hills and have extra-large terraces.
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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
At the Four Seasons, all rooms have balconies (most with ocean views) and big sliding doors.
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Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The beautiful, sprawling 33-acre grounds at Buena Vista Luxury Villas have guests marveling at the views.
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Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The property at Buena Vista Luxury Villas is dense with greenery and wildlife, and surrounded by lush rainforest.
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Arenas Del Mar Beach And Nature Resort
The Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort is an eco-friendly property built in harmony with nature. The hotel went to great lengths not to disrupt the surrounding ecosystem. For example, before constructing the hotel, developers studied the native monkeys and built in areas that wouldn't interfere with their daily routes.
960 1280

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Arenas Del Mar Beach And Nature Resort
At the Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort guests have access to two beautiful beaches, but with the lush, beautiful rainforest and diverse wildlife, staying at the hotel seems like an equally fun activity.
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Si Como No Resort, Spa and Wildlife Refuge
The surrounding nature and wildlife at Si Como No Resort offers guests that intimate feeling of privacy so many travelers long for. Beautiful flowers are everywhere, and it's not uncommon to see several types of lizards and colorful birds scurry across your path.
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Si Como No Resort, Spa and Wildlife Refuge
Guests are surrounded by nature as they walk around the winding paths and public spaces at Si Como No Resort. Some rooms have stunning views of the ocean and the foliage on the hillside below.
960 1280

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Hotel Parador Resort and Spa
Take a walking tour through Manuel Antonio National Park or zip-line through the rainforest canopy at Hotel Parador Resort and Spa.
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Hotel Parador Resort and Spa
Perched high above the ocean, Hotel Parador Resort and Spa certainly doesn't fall short of ways to keep you busy. Its tennis court, 3 pools, small mini golf course, and relaxing spa make spending the day at the hotel fun and relaxing.
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Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
Lounge poolside, rainforest-side, and volcano-side at the Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa. The hotel's developers used a laser to align each room with the volcano, so there's not a bad view in the house.
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Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
Because the hotel abuts Arenal Volcano National Park, stone paths wind through lush landscaping, and waterfalls connect 7 small pools filled with natural thermal waters on the grounds of Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa.
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Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Tucked into the hillside of a 14-acre nature reserve, Gaia Hotel And Reserve has a plethora of nature and wildlife on its beautiful grounds. The hotel was originally founded as a conservation center for native orchids and endangered species.
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Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Gaia's Jungle View Studio, as you can imagine, has a breathtaking view of the lush jungle surrounding the property. The pool at the hotel overlooks the nature reserve below and the ocean in the distance.
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Hotel La Mariposa
With stunning coastal views from the restaurant, pool, and rooms at Hotel La Mariposa, guests don't need to look far to find that sense of tranquility.
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Hotel La Mariposa
La Mariposa offers some of the best views in the area due to its location on an elevated point in Manuel Antonio. The hotel is surrounded by a lush rainforest, of which most of the rooms have sweeping, wonderful views from a large balcony.
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Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
The Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens has beautiful, incredibly lush grounds with tropical plants everywhere.
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Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
Each room at the Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens is its own bungalow, with outdoor showers and amazing decks.
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Superman Zip Line
Superman Zip Line

Superman Zip Line

Kimi Roth and Gabe Linehan prepare for their first adventure near Uvita, Costa Rica: a Superman-style zip line that travels more than a mile at over 90 miles per hour. 960 1280

  

Longest Zip Line

Longest Zip Line

Gabe flies through the air on one of the longest cable zip lines in the world located near Uvita, Costa Rica. Gabe flies through the air on one of the longest cable zip lines in the world located near Uvita, Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

Smile for the Camera

Smile for the Camera

Bert, Kimi and Gabe smile for the camera as they prepare for their next adventure: white water rafting in class IV waters on the Naranjo River, near Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

Taking on the Rapids

Taking on the Rapids

Led by an experienced rafting guide, Bert, Gabe and Kimi take to the class IV rapids of the Naranjo River. 960 1280

  

Bert Capsizes

Bert Capsizes

After capsizing, Bert decides to leave the raft behind and head down the Narranjo River solo. 960 1280

  

Bert Plays the Guitar

Bert Plays the Guitar

Kimi and Gabe listen to Bert as he plays the guitar on Playa Manzanillo beach on the Nicoya Peninsula. 960 1280

  

Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo, which is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, is just one of Costa Rica's many beautiful beaches. 960 1280

  

Envision Festival

Envision Festival

Host Bert Kreischer, Gabe, Kimi and other concertgoers walk to Envision, a Burning Man-style music and dance festival in Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

Kimi Catches a Barracuda

Kimi Catches a Barracuda

Kimi catches a barracuda while fishing near the town of Tarcoles, Costa Rica. 960 1280

  

The Roaming Gnome

The Roaming Gnome

Gabe, Kimi, Bert and Travelocity's Roaming Gnome enjoy a horseback ride along the Playa Manzanillo. 960 1280

  

Running Out of the Water

Running Out of the Water

Kimi and Gabe make a mad dash for the sand after coming across a shark in the water … oh wait, it was just Bert! 960 1280

  

Leaping into the Air

Leaping into the Air

Gabe and Kimi leap in the air while playing on the Playa Manzanillo. 960 1280

  

Riding on Gyrocopters

Riding on Gyrocopters

Pulling out all the stops for their final Costa Rica adventure, Bert and his travelers, Gabe and Kimi, head to the gyrocopters. 960 1280

  

Personal Gyrocopter

Personal Gyrocopter

Bert flies down the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica in his own personal gyrocopter. 960 1280

  

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Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Tony and Dawn Psaromatis are anxious to start their long-awaited honeymoon, but first they have a tough decision to make: Where will they spend their romantic getaway? Will it be the Hotel Punta Islita, a secluded resort that’s within walking distance of the beach? Or somewhere else? 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

The Hotel Punta Islita also has many activities for guests. Tony and Dawn go zip lining through the Costa Rican rainforest. 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Concierge Marvin Seas takes Tony and Dawn on a tour of the Hotel Punta Islita’s private beach. 960 1280

  

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

The pool at the secluded Hotel Punta Islita. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The jumbo-sized master suites at Tabacon Grand Spa are the ultimate in luxury. The resort, located at the base of one of the world’s 10 most active volcanoes, has one of the most recognized luxury spas in the world. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The view of the active Arenal Volcano from Tabacon Grand Spa. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The 5-star luxury resort has 2 restaurants and offers the ultimate in rainforest relaxation. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

None of the thermal spas at Tabacon are man-made; everything is natural. The different pools range from 77 to 102 degrees. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn arrive at the Tabacon eager to see the first of the 3 potential hotels for their long-overdue honeymoon. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn take a dip in one of Tabacon’s spa pools. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

The bedroom of the impressive master suite at Tabacon Grand Spa. 960 1280

  

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tabacon Grand Spa

Tony and Dawn get a taste of how the other half lives while touring the enormous suite at Tabacon. 960 1280

  

Zephyr Palace

Zephyr Palace

The stunning infinity pool at Zephyr Palace is located about 1,000 feet above the resort’s private beach. 960 1280

  

Zephyr Palace

Zephyr Palace

Tony and Dawn take in the incredible view from one of the 7 suites at Zephyr Palace. So where did they ultimately decide to stay? Watch to find out! 960 1280

  

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Four Seasons is as close to perfection as it gets. The suites -- described by the hotel as luxury tree houses -- are perched in the hills and have extra-large terraces.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
At the Four Seasons, all rooms have balconies (most with ocean views) and big sliding doors.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The beautiful, sprawling 33-acre grounds at Buena Vista Luxury Villas have guests marveling at the views.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The property at Buena Vista Luxury Villas is dense with greenery and wildlife, and surrounded by lush rainforest.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenas Del Mar Beach And Nature Resort
The Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort is an eco-friendly property built in harmony with nature. The hotel went to great lengths not to disrupt the surrounding ecosystem. For example, before constructing the hotel, developers studied the native monkeys and built in areas that wouldn't interfere with their daily routes.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenas Del Mar Beach And Nature Resort
At the Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort guests have access to two beautiful beaches, but with the lush, beautiful rainforest and diverse wildlife, staying at the hotel seems like an equally fun activity.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Si Como No Resort, Spa and Wildlife Refuge
The surrounding nature and wildlife at Si Como No Resort offers guests that intimate feeling of privacy so many travelers long for. Beautiful flowers are everywhere, and it's not uncommon to see several types of lizards and colorful birds scurry across your path.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Si Como No Resort, Spa and Wildlife Refuge
Guests are surrounded by nature as they walk around the winding paths and public spaces at Si Como No Resort. Some rooms have stunning views of the ocean and the foliage on the hillside below.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel Parador Resort and Spa
Take a walking tour through Manuel Antonio National Park or zip-line through the rainforest canopy at Hotel Parador Resort and Spa.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel Parador Resort and Spa
Perched high above the ocean, Hotel Parador Resort and Spa certainly doesn't fall short of ways to keep you busy. Its tennis court, 3 pools, small mini golf course, and relaxing spa make spending the day at the hotel fun and relaxing.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
Lounge poolside, rainforest-side, and volcano-side at the Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa. The hotel's developers used a laser to align each room with the volcano, so there's not a bad view in the house.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
Because the hotel abuts Arenal Volcano National Park, stone paths wind through lush landscaping, and waterfalls connect 7 small pools filled with natural thermal waters on the grounds of Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Tucked into the hillside of a 14-acre nature reserve, Gaia Hotel And Reserve has a plethora of nature and wildlife on its beautiful grounds. The hotel was originally founded as a conservation center for native orchids and endangered species.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Gaia's Jungle View Studio, as you can imagine, has a breathtaking view of the lush jungle surrounding the property. The pool at the hotel overlooks the nature reserve below and the ocean in the distance.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel La Mariposa
With stunning coastal views from the restaurant, pool, and rooms at Hotel La Mariposa, guests don't need to look far to find that sense of tranquility.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel La Mariposa
La Mariposa offers some of the best views in the area due to its location on an elevated point in Manuel Antonio. The hotel is surrounded by a lush rainforest, of which most of the rooms have sweeping, wonderful views from a large balcony.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
The Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens has beautiful, incredibly lush grounds with tropical plants everywhere.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens
Each room at the Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens is its own bungalow, with outdoor showers and amazing decks.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Baby Spider Monkey

Baby Spider Monkey

A baby spider monkey takes in some tender loving care at an animal rescue center in Costa Rica. The species is endangered due to deforestation. Spider monkeys require a large habitat: they can roam up to 2,000 meters in a single day. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Edelmar  

Spider Monkeys

Spider Monkeys

Did you know that a spider monkey female carries baby on her back? Babies are carried on their mothers' chests until they reach 2 months, at which point they switch to their mothers' backs. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Pjjones  

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

A leatherback sea turtle hatchling emerges from its nest in the sand. Leatherbacks cannot expect restful lives: according to the Journal of Experimental Biology, they spend less than 0.1% of their day at rest. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Andipantz  

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

A Scarlet Macaw looks at the camera from a tree. In captivity macaws can have lifespans of up to 50 years. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Roberto A Sanchez  

Margay

Margay

A margay lies in the grass. Margays are one of the most adept at tree climbing of the feline species, and can even descend down tree trunks head first. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/JeffGrabert  

Collared Anteater

Collared Anteater

A collared anteater, also called a tamandua, searches for food. In captivity, these animals have a more expansive diet than their name suggests: they will also eat fruits and meat. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Olof Van der Steen  

Reticulated Python

Reticulated Python

A reticulated python relaxes in a tree in Manuel Antonio National Park. Reticulated Pythons can range from 4 to 21 feet in length. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/NirutiStock  

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

A howler monkey relaxes in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Their calls, usually a sign of marking territory, can be heard up to 3 miles away. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/GregBethmann  

Baby Howler Monkey

Baby Howler Monkey

A howler monkey baby sits in a tree with his mother. Howler monkeys are polygamous, with an average ratio of 4 females to every male in a social group. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Ian MacDonnell  

Green Lizard

Green Lizard

A green lizard is camouflaged in the leaves of a tree branch. Costa Rica has a huge amount of biodiversity and is home to more than 200 species of reptiles. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/OGPhoto  

Sloths

Sloths

Young sloths hang out on a bamboo tree. Although slow movers, sloths are not as lazy as once thought: they sleep a little less than 10 hours per day. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Pchoui  

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

A colorful red-eyed tree frog perches on a vine. In order to avoid predators, these frogs cover up their blue-colored sides with their legs to blend in with their lush, green surroundings. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/JanPietruszka   

White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

A white-headed Capuchin monkey scopes out his environment. Capuchins are highly intelligent and are known to use tools to crack nuts and forage for food. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Golfladi  

Coatis

Coatis

Coatis, also known by their adorable name, snookum bears, are actually part of the raccoon family. Although they have become popular pets in Central and South America, they are notoriously difficult to train. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Ian MacDonnell  

American Crocodile

American Crocodile

An American crocodile bares its teeth in the Tarcoles River, Costa Rica. If you encounter one, be sure to escape by land: this species can swim at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Zmeel  

Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Spiny-Tailed Iguana

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the black spiny-tailed iguana is the world's fastest lizard, reaching speeds of up to 21.7 miles per hour. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Jlazouphoto  

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Despite their frightening appearance, green iguanas are herbivores and flee when encountered with danger. They may have reason to run: In some places in Central America, green iguanas are a source of food. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Cathleen Abers-Kimball  

Butterflies

Butterflies

Butterflies have only a 2% chance of surviving to adulthood in the wild. In Costa Rica there are many preserves and butterfly farms to preserve species' biodiversity. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Himagine  

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