If your goal is to travel to Costa Rica to experience some of the best birdwatching in the world, you should consider planning your trip during the holidays. If you happen to be in North America, this is a perfect time to travel, specifically during the Christmas season. December is the beginning of the dry season in Costa Rica, which means you could get away from all of the snow and cold weather. It coincides perfectly with one of the best times to visit Costa Rica where you can see a substantial number of birds. Conversely, if you travel during the rainy season, which goes from May through November, there are not a lot of holidays. It’s also when the weather is warmest, at least initially, in the North American cities. Here are a few suggestions on when you should go, and also where you should go, if you would like to spend some time in Costa Rica birding.
Why You Should Go During December
The reason that you should travel during this time, if you are coordinating this around holidays, is that you could actually go there during Christmas or New Year’s. The rainy season ends in November, and if you arrive there in the latter part of December and early January, you will have dry weather by which to travel through the rain forests and see the many different birds.
Travel During Spring Break
You can also travel during spring break which tends to happen during the months of March and April. This is where college students will typically travel down to this area. By doing so, you can experience the beautiful coastlines of Costa Rica, as well as the birds that are in the many different rain forests areas. There are several locations which are highly recommended if you travel during this time.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Whether you are traveling during December, or as late as March or April, you are still going to experience excellent whether in this particular region of Costa Rica. This is a popular destination because of the over 400 different species of birds that you will be able to see. You can take tours which will take you out early in the morning. You should see hundreds of birds during this morning excursion. That is just one day of your trip, and many of the other should be spent traveling to the other locations.
La Selva Biological Station
This is a location where hundreds of different scientists and students tend to gravitate to. It is a wonderful place to learn more about tropical rain forest ecology. Over half of the 400 bird species are local to this area, and it is not just for research but also for eco-tourism.
Manuel Antonio National Park
You should finish your trip by visiting this location because not only is it close to the rain forests, but you will also be near the beaches. Since this is the warmer time of the year in Costa Rica, the water is going to be warm, and you can spend a lot of your vacation swimming and also birding. You will see several different types of birds including macaws which are very prominent, as well as the Motmot.
If you decide to travel during the dry season in Costa Rica, you should coordinate your trip during Christmas and New Year’s. If you are a college student, try to book a flight down to Costa Rica during March and April, a time that is coming close to the beginning of the rainy season. However, you are going to arrive a month or two before it begins, so the weather is going to be just fine. It’s a wonderful location to do birding, and also get to experience the beautiful beaches and landscapes that can only be seen in this area of Central America. Learn more about birds in Costa Rica.