| Black-crested Coquette - by Greg Lavaty
This website is an outline of birding trips to many
of Costa Rica's more popular birding destinations.
It is also partially a
narrative of trips to Costa Rica beginning
in 1991. Nearly all of the information
here is from experience and includes personal bird
observations and summaries. Outside of a few trips that
I did with group tours, all other trips were done
rental car and an occasional shuttle.
Road Map of Costa Rica - From Toucan Maps
Web-based Maps from Anywhere Costa Rica
Facebook Link for Costa Rica Guide \ Toucan Maps Information on road conditions, national parks, restaurants, natural history, hotels, driving issues, seasonal weather, and general information. Excellent resource and good for Q&A.
There are several advantages to
driving in Costa Rica. There
are, however, times when a shuttle service is a far better way to go. This
website deals directly with the regional bird life, the nuances of
getting around with a rental car and shuttle service, and understanding the distances between
locations so that one can best determine an overall itinerary.
Besides San Jose, it is now possible to
fly non-stop into Liberia, Costa Rica, (in NW Costa Rica, Guanacaste region) from many U.S. cities. At present, New York, Miami,
Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston have non-stop
commercial flights to the Liberia International Airport.
Prior to flying, one can rent a car
over the Internet or reserve a shuttle for transport to and from the
airport. It's also possible to contract a driver for the entire stay. For birders and nature photographers, I recommend
Costa Rica Gateways as a shuttle service.
Web Management by Jim Peterson, Images by Greg Lavaty, Lora Render, Kevin Easley, Sheridan Coffey, and Bruce Hallett