Hotspots & Core Sites

The best locations for birdwatching Costa Rica

Discover the birdlife of Costa Rica by visiting the Route of the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots and staying at the core sites: the best lodges and locations for birdwatching in the country’s 6 great ecozones, home to 10% of the birds of the world and 5% of the biodiversity of the world.

Visiting the whole hotspots and the core sites will take from 12 to 30 nights, exploring the 6 regions, the most important ecosystems, national parks and other protected areas for the top birds, however you are invited visit your favorite hotspots according to your target birds, available time, favorite lodges or ecosystems.

The hotspots are the richest areas in terms of birdlife of the country,  where you will find a wide range of species by the best ecosystems in the different eco regions or bird provinces of the Country. The Core sites are the best accommodations to explore each one on the main hotspots and the local birding facilities (Click on the core sites to learn more).

   
ECOZONESHOTSPOTS CORE SITES
   
CARIBBEAN LOWLANDSCANO NEGRO
LA FORTUNA & ARENALARENAL OBSERVATORY LODGE & SPA 
BOCA TAPADALA LAGUNA DEL LAGARTO LODGE
SARAPIQUI LOWLANDSSELVA VERDE LODGE
TORTUGUERO
BRAULIO CARRILLO FOOTHILLS
SOUTH CARIBBEANSELVA BANANITO ECOLODGE
   
CARIBBEAN FOOTHILLSMIRAVALLES-TENORIO
BAJOS DEL TORO
TURRIALBARANCHO NATURALISTA
   
HIGHLANDSMONTEVERDEHOTEL BELMAR
POAS-BARVA
CENTRAL VALLEY
TAPANTIHOTEL BOUTIQUE QUELITALES
LOS QUETZALESPARAISO QUETZAL LODGE
   
CENTRAL & SOUTHERN PACIFIC LOWLANDSCARARA & TURRUBARES HILLSMACAW LODGE
MANUEL ANTONIO
VALLE DE EL GENERAL
BAHIA BALLENACRISTAL BALLENA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
PIEDRAS BLANCASESQUINAS RAINFOREST LODGE
OSA PENINSULA
LAS CRUCES
   
NORTHERN PACIFIC LOWLANDSRINCON DE LA VIEJA
PALO VERDERANCHO HUMO ESTANCIA
NICOYA GULF
NICOYA PENINSULATANGO MAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL
   
COCOS ISLANDCOCOS ISLAND

Interactive map of the location of the Core Sites in the Route of the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots:

Here you can download the current vertion of the map

Map – COSTA RICA Birding Hotspots – Sites Description

Map – COSTA RICA Birding Hotspots – Map & Check List