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Know Before You Go | Costa Rica

Whether you're preparing for your upcoming Costa Rica adventure or just want to learn more about the wildlife-rich jungles and beaches of this lush country, we've got you covered. We've rounded up an array of useful resources, from wildlife guides and packing tips to compelling first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Costa Rica? We've got answers! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about wildlife, climate, accommodations, transportation and much more.
Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

From toucans and tree frogs and  to sloths and spider monkeys, learn about the incredible array of biodiversity you'll see on a Costa Rica adventure!
Costa Rica Wildlife Trivia

Costa Rica Wildlife Trivia

Take our quiz to put your knowledge to the test, then share it with friends to see who knows the most about the wildlife of Costa Rica.
Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Find out what the typical weather conditions in Costa Rica in this month by month breakdown of average temperatures and rainfall.
Packing List

Packing List

We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the clothing and gear you’ll want to pack so you'll be well prepared for your Costa Rica adventure.
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Natural Jewels of Costa Rica

Natural Jewels of Costa Rica

—By Megan Koelemay
Tucked away in the lush rain forest of Costa Rica and accessible only by air or water, my accommodations for the next few days were both rustic and luxurious. Paths led in various directions, colorful flora lined the walkways, and the route to my room was delicately...
Seabound Baby Turtles in Costa Rica

Seabound Baby Turtles in Costa Rica

—By Natural Habitat Adventures
While exploring the wilderness of Costa Rica, a small group of nature travelers enjoyed the wondrous experience of being surrounded by Pacific green sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the ocean for the first time...
11 Wild Reasons to Visit Costa Rica (in Photos)

11 Wild Reasons to Visit Costa Rica (in Photos)

—By Abby Wadley
We saw so many baby squirrel monkeys on the grounds around the Tiskita Jungle Lodge, near the Panama border in Southwestern Costa Rica. This mama and baby were on the roof of the main...
Traveler Story: Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

Traveler Story: Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

—By D. Taliaferro
In the jungle after dark, we encountered an armadillo and followed tree frog calls, spotting several with gorgeous colors. Marco showed us a mud bank with a motmot nest (a 2-foot-long tunnel)...
Five Highlights from Costa Rica

Five Highlights from Costa Rica

—Jonathan Cass
Of all the animals we had a possibility of seeing on this trip, the one I was looking forward to the most was a sloth. Two-toed, three-toed—I didn’t care —I just wanted the chance to see one out in the wild. Fortunately, on our first full day...
Traveler Story: Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure

Traveler Story: Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure

—By D. Ramsey
Both morning and afternoon excursions through the canals provided up-close views of monkeys (both white-faced capuchin and howler), caimans, river otters, emerald basilisk lizards, iguanas, sleeping...
Top 7 Moments of the Natural Vida en Costa Rica

Top 7 Moments of the Natural Vida en Costa Rica

—By Jennafer Bonello
We had the opportunity to explore the mangroves of the Sierpe River by private river boat. While floating down the river, we experienced the many incredible sights, sounds and smells of the vast ecosystem...
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