Birding Regions of Costa Rica

A fine selection of birding hotspots

The various birding regions of Costa Rica are described in detail in the region pages. They include descriptions of the habitat, climate and bird species that may be encountered there. Occasionally the geographical history is touched upon.

We’ve also provided some descriptions of the lodges in those regions which will help shape an idea of what to expect.

Arenal Volcano Area


Carara National Park 

and Tarcoles River


The Osa Peninsula 

and Golfo Dulce Region


Valley of El General, the Land of 

Doctor Alexander F. Skutch


Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge


Bijagua de Upala and Tenorio Volcano


San Vito de Coto Brus


La Selva Biological Station, Braulio Carrillo National Park and Cope’s Bird Feeders


San Gerardo and  

Providencia de Dota


Vara Blanca, Cinchona and Poás


Boca Tapada, Laguna de Lagarto


Rancho Naturalista and Surroundings