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National Parks and Reserves posts in Javi the Frog's Travel Blog


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One of the best things about living in Costa Rica is the number of national parks and wildlife refuges there are to explore in the country. Sometimes, it can be tricky choosing which one to visit first! Ballena National Marine Park, located on the shores of South Puntarenas, is definitely one of my favorites. Boasting some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and a wide range of exotic wildlife - including some of my brothers and sisters! - Ballena National Marine Park is an essential stop for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica. Come with me to learn more about this amazing wildlife sanctuary! ....[More]
As a tree frog, I have the luxury of hopping about without worrying about wearing the ideal clothing or bringing the right supplies. However, if you want to fully enjoy your experience here, it’s essential to pack properly. Whether your travel itinerary includes backpacking or enjoying nightlife on the beach, here’s a brief guide for what you should pack before coming to Costa Rica... [More]
No matter what kind of natural adventure you want to have, be sure to check out some of our Costa Rica hot springs along the way. Not only will you be treating yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating experience courtesy of Mother Earth’s naturally warm waters, you will get to do so in one of the most spectacular places on the planet!... [More]
When you plan on dedicating six days to your Costa Rica vacation, you have a lot of ways you can spend the time. You should naturally plan it out for when the Costa Rica weather is going to be pristine, so that you can enjoy it to the fullest... [More]
Living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world means that you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy paradise. November mark the transition between Rainy and Dry season and December is when many Ticos travel domestically... [More]
Today, we’re going to visit five of the best spots for Costa Rica birdwatching. We have more than 600 resident avian species and more than 200 migratory species. From colorful toucans in the forest to the magnificent frigatebird off the beaches... [More]
One of the easiest ways to get around Costa Rica is with a car rental. Nothing beats the freedom of jumping in a car and heading out on an adventure through Costa Rica! Since everything in the country is fairly spread out, it can take twice as long to get to any destination using public transportation... [More]
Whether you are a couple seeking adventure or just wanting to lie in the sun, you’ll say “I do” to honeymooning in my country. I’ve been all around Costa Rica, talking to world travelers and locals alike. I often run into honeymooners in my travels, and I’ve learned a lot about the honeymoon spots. Here are the top five best places to honeymoon in Costa Rica... [More]
The Caribbean province of Limón is a place that I love because it offers so much. Limón borders Nicaragua and Panama, and calls out to travelers with its exotic side as well as with its peaceful side... [More]
Spoiler alert: I’m going to tell you that there is NO bad time to visit Costa Rica. My home country is amazing year-round! There are, however, pros and cons to each season depending on what you have on your Costa Rica's bucket list, and which region you are interested in visiting... [More]
Costa Rica is a place with dense wildlife, and that wildlife includes four species of monkeys that I’m going to highlight today: the howler monkey, the spider monkey, the tiny squirrel monkey, and the Capuchin (or white-faced) monkey. I travel through the country constantly, and you can bet that when I look up, I am likely to see some monkeys swinging in the trees above me... [More]
One of the sets of animals that I am never able to get too close to are wildcats, including the Margays. These adorable, small wildcats are sometimes mistaken for domestic house cats, but make no mistake – they would eat up little frogs like me pretty quickly! Margays are beautiful creatures, even from afar, and they are also highly endangered. Margays look very similar to Ocelots, but they are about the size of a large housecat... [More]
There are several places along the beaches of Costa Rica that allow travelers to see a breathtaking glimpse of these massive creatures, but Marino Ballena National Park is known for it! Sometimes I like to hop to this park and sit in a tree high up to see the humpback whales, and let me tell you - it's pretty incredible. You'll see them swimming in packs, flapping their fins and flopping into the crystal clear waters. Any lover of marine life must visit this park! Did I mention the park is also home to the largest coral reef on Central America's Pacific Coast? That's a must-see, too!...[More]
Off the coastlines, underneath the waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean, lies an expansive other world that makes it no wonder that scuba diving is such a popular activity for visitors. Scuba diving is so popular here that some people even leave Costa Rica with their scuba diving certification... [More]
Starting in the fall of 2014, Turrialba has been an active area. So active, in fact, that the area has been closed to tourists. The question that everyone is asking is if this is just a tantrum, or if the volcano will throw a full­on, real, dangerous fit. Are these small eruptions as bad as it will get, or is a scary eruption in the near future?... [More]
I’ve spent years traveling through Costa Rica, and plenty of that time has been spent exploring the incredible Osa Peninsula region. Now, I’m ready to share my secrets with you! Hopefully one day soon you get the chance to explore this area yourself! And when you do, make sure that you bring the best camera that you can get your hands on!... [More]
You might think that it won’t be that easy to plan a las-t­minute adventure to Costa Rica if you are traveling in from the United States. You probably think that it would cost thousands of dollars, and that you wouldn’t have your pick of hotels or adventure tours. The reality is that none of that is true! I’m officially myth-­busting that way of thinking!... [More]
My country is known for being a place of diversity, natural wonders, and mystery. Some of these legends are so shrouded in the unknown that even my family’s frog tales, passed down for generations, don’t provide details. One of the most intriguing mysteries of Costa Rica is the stone spheres that appeared in the Diquis Delta, somewhere around the mid­ 1900's... [More]
Costa Rica is a place of pure beauty, and a country with a lot of places to explore. There is something exciting to do, no matter which province you visit. Here is an overview of each province, and the most highly­-rated activity to do while visiting each... [More]
The thing about Costa Rica is that, as a country, we believe in preserving the natural land, and allowing the animals to live in their natural environment. Because of this, it isn’t guaranteed that every tourist is going to be able to see every animal that they want to see. Sometimes, if the timing is just all wrong, there may not be lots of wildlife around. I’m always sad to meet a tourist that seems disappointed because they didn’t get to see a lot of animals or wildlife – mostly because there are so many other things to appreciate in my homeland! However, if seeing as many animals as you can is your ultimate Costa Rica bucket list, then keep reading to find my picks of the wildest spots in Costa Rica, where you are most likely to see Costa Rica’s animals... [More]