Costa Rica is home to over 900 species of birds and it is a wonderful country to visit if you love birds and/or you love bird watching. In the Nicoya Peninsula alone, there are over 300 species of birds, some of which are resident to this area and some of which are migratory species. Many birders love to visit Santa Teresa year round to see and experience these amazing and exotic birds in their natural habitat.
Bird Watching in Costa Rica
Santa Teresa is a great jumping off point for all of your birding adventures in the southern region of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is one of the top bird watching spots in the Nicoya Peninsula because it is an area that is rich in biodiversity and as such, there is a very large number of diverse bird species found here. The Santa Teresa area has a divergent landscape consisting of many beaches, forests, pastures, rivers, mangroves, and tropical rainforests which all attract different types of species of birds. On any given day, you will see parrots, kingfishers, pelicans, herons, hummingbirds, falcons, and magpie jays flying around our beautiful town, if only to name a few.
Bird Watching in Mal Pais
One of the best bird watching spots in this area is in the mountain region above Mal País. This area butts right up onto Cabo Blanco National Park and the forest here is replete with bird life. The land here is a few hundred meters above sea level so it attracts a very different set of birds than those that are found near the ocean. As you walk through these forests, you can enjoy stunning views of the Costa Rican coastline and you can even descend down onto secluded beaches that support the different species of ocean faring birds. You may even get a glimpse of Isla Cabo Blanco in the distance where many frigate birds and brown boobies nest.
Another great bird watching option in the Santa Teresa area is to explore the areas around rivers and estuaries. These lush areas are full of wildlife and they attract many different
marine species of birds including raptors, pelicans, herons and storks.
The best times for bird watching in Santa Teresa are in the early morning hours (6-9am) or close to sunset (3-5pm). Our hotel, the Blue Surf Sanctuary, is partnered with some fantastic naturalist guides and we can arrange a bird watching tour for you. The local naturalist guides are a plethora of knowledge and they will help you spot birds in the area’s foliage. Binoculars will be supplied for you as well as a birding guide to help you identify the species that you see. Remember to bring insect repellent, close-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera and of course, water.