Traveling to Costa Rica Here Are Nine Animals You Must See

Red Eyed Tree Frog in Costa Rica

With more than five hundred thousand species of plants and animals, Costa Rica is among the top 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world. If you are planning on visiting Costa Rica, make sure you come prepared to come in contact with a diversified group of wildlife. Costa Rica provides nature exploration through its 32 national parks, eight biological reserves and 51 wildlife refuges. A great way to start discovering Costa Rica is through the rental services provided by Manuel Antonio vacation rentals.

The Resplendent Quetzal

One of the most majestic birds you will find in Costa Rica is the Quetzal. Known for its striking color combination of green and red, normally reside in water forests. Quetzals are mainly fruit eaters, they especially enjoy eating avocados. Spotting them can be quite difficult, however, this can be accomplished with the help of expert guides at the Quetzal National Park  .

The Scarlet Macaw

Native to Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw is a beautiful bird that can be found in almost every national park in Costa Rica. At one point, the Macaw was almost extinct but with the help of wildlife organization and local government laws, they have made a full recovery.


Costa Rica offers various parks like Santa Rosa National Park and Corcovado National Park, that allow you to spot many animals like the Tapir. The Tapir’s diet mostly consists of fruit, dry leaves.


Mostly found in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, the Pecarry is a small wild pig that lives in herds that extend up to 30 Peccaries. They can be very loud and can be aggressive when fighting over water.


The Ocelot lives in the rainforests and valleys of Costa Rica, they are also hard to spot in the wild but can be found in national parks. Their diet consists of mainly Iguanas and wild pigs.

Rhinoceros beetle

Also known as the elephant beetle, the rhinoceros beetle is one of the most impressive bugs found in Costa Rica. Completely harmless, the rhinoceros beetle can be found in many national parks of Costa Rica.

Red Eyed Tree Frog

One of the most iconic amphibians found in Costa Rica is the red eyed tree frog. The red eyed tree frogs use their eyes to scare their predators and use their skin color to blend with their environment. These nocturnal creatures can be found sleeping under leaves during the day.

Jesus Christ Lizard

Found in the Osuna Peninsula, the Jesus Christ lizard can be seen running on the water while hunting for their prey. They feed on small rodents, snakes even other lizards.

White-Faced Capuchin

The white-faced Capuchin can be found in most parts of Costa Rica and are no strangers to tourists as they can even be seen hanging around many hotels. They are very social and live in groups of 20 or more.

Many more animals can be found while exploring Costa Rica and its beautiful places. If you are planning on visiting Costa Rica but you do not know where to start, feel free to use the following link to get you started:


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