[Tweeters] Costa Rica birding recommendations

Megan Ward meganward28 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 16:42:52 PST 2020

Hi all,

Our family is heading to Costa Rica in a couple weeks, along with our
10-year-old resident birder, Emily. We have plans to stay at Hotel Cerro
Lodge in Tarcoles (near Carara), Arenal Observatory Lodge, and Selva Verde
Lodge (near La Selva in Sarapiqui).

Emily has a little brother who is not as keen on birds and lacks stamina,
so we can't go crazy on multiple days of all-day birding, but Emily is
really hoping to see a lot of new bird species regardless. She has set a
goal to reach 500 total species on her life list by the end of 2020 (she is
currently at 299).

Recommendations for guides would be greatly appreciated, along with the
best birding locations near our lodging (are the grounds of Selva Verde
birdy enough, or should we take a guided tour of La Selva Biological
Station as well? Is it worth taking a day trip to Cano Negro from Arenal?
Do we need to book these things now, or can we finalize plans after

Also, which bird guide should we take? I checked out Birds of Costa Rica
from the library, but I'm wondering if it might be too bulky, and Emily
didn't seem to connect well w/the illustrations.

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide!
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