Costa Rica has many different types of national parks, including rainforest, cloudforest, tropical dry forest and mangroves. Given the size and infrastructure of Costa Rica it is relatively easy to move around the country to experience these different environments, although some parks do close for part of the ‘green season’. Popular parks include the waterways of Tortuguero, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the rainforests of Corcovado and Manuel Antonio.
There are many opportunities for wildlife spotting in Costa Rica, from mammals to butterflies and tiny tree frogs, which will enhance any holiday. However if wildlife is the focus of your holiday then Costa Rica is a great choice, as many different species can be seen in a relatively short amount of time. It is particularly good for bird-watching.One of the great experiences of this part of the world is waking up to the roar of a howler monkey. However there are many equally memorable events waiting to happen once awake: seeing (and hearing) scarlet macaws flying overhead, glimpsing a sloth nursing its baby up in a tree branch, spotting a curious capuchin monkey watching from above, suddenly noticing a caiman in the river, seeing a Jesus Christ lizard walking on water – to name but a few.