On the pacific coast at the bottom of a peninsula there, near Montezuma, is a natural park called Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve that's supposed to be the most untouched park they have (you're limited to the paths there). It's a nice park, $10 to get in, open Wednesday to Sunday, 8 am - 4 pm. Some people will tell you it's only closed Monday, that is false, they will swear it and they are wrong; it was closed only Monday for years and they changed it a few years ago. Here are a few pictures I took there.
The Montezuma area is awesome. My blog http://garysaid.com/tags/montezuma/ and my photo site of Montezuma and the general area http://montezumapacific.com/
Gary about 8 years ago
Costa Rica is located in Central America and is one of the top wildlife spotting areas of the world. According to National Geographic the Monte Verde cloud forest region of Costa Rica boasts more animal species than anywhere else on the planet and with so much around it won't be long before you start spotting some amazing sights.
The profusion of wildlife combined with the number of visitors means that wildlife can often be seen on display in the most unusual and unexpected of places. Toucans just sitting around in a tree. Agoutis just running around a carpark. Leaf cutter ants walking across a footpath. And snakes just sitting in the grass.
While your wildlife experience will be so much better if you actually go out looking for it and use your fieldcraft and binoculars, it is difficult in Costa Rica not to have some amazing wildlife experiences because there is simply so much life around.
Frequently-seen animal species include agouti, coati, capuchin monkeys and a host of birds and insects. Far less frequently seen, but still around, are tapirs, porcupines, anteaters, wild pigs and jaguars to name just a few.
Down out of the cloud forests in Monte Verde you will feel the environment getting warmer as you head towards the lowlands, and with it the wildlife starts to change. There are typically fewer mammals about but far more reptiles. The Pacific coast can be awash with huge iguanas for example, some six feet long and looking like prehistoric monsters.
Birds are also around though once again the species seen will change so the serious wildlife spotter should aim to move around the country during their visit to see as wide a variety of animal life as possible.
For example, in Monte Verde howler monkeys may be seen infrequently (but heard more often) while at a hotel on the Pacific coast we found a troop of howlers would actually sit in the tree by the pool and could be seen and photographed with ease. almost 5 years ago