Costa Rica Bird Watching Tours 

Our Birding Tours

At Costa Rica Focus, we plan unique Costa Rica bird watching tours and as well as bird photography tours (see differences here), romantic getaways, family adventures, and much more. Click below to check out some of our favorite adventure and birding tour offerings. We offer custom tours as well as guided group tours. If you are interested in joining a scheduled group birding trip, click here to see our group options.

Grand Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour

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Package #1

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 14

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tour

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tours

Package #2

Focus:  Bird Photography
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 12

Costa Rica Biological Stations Birding Tour

Costa Rica Biological Stations Birding Tour

Package #3

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 10

Secluded Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Secluded Costa Rica Birdwatching Tours

Package #4

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 9

Costa Rica Birding at It’s Best Tour

Costa Rica Birding Tours

Package #5

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 10

Unique Costa Rica Birding & Beach Tour

Unique Costa Rica Birding Trips

Package #6

Focus: Intermediate Birding
Type: Privately guided (beach portion is independent)
Days: 10

Costa Rica Highlights Bird Watching Tour

Highlights Costa Rica Birding Trip

Package #7

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 8

Intro to Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Costa Rica Birdwatching Tours 2019

Package #8

Focus: Intro to Birding
Type: Independent with local guides
Days: 8

Costa Rica Volcano, Jungle & Beach Combo Tour

Costa Rica Volcano Jungle Beach Tours

Package #9

Focus: General wildlife
Type: Independent with local guides
Days: 8

Costa Rica Bird Watching Tours:

 

 

Birding Tour vs Birding with a Camera Tour vs Photography Tour

What kind of bird watching experience are you looking for? Each Costa Rica Focus birding trip is designed around the main objective: the intensity of birding, tour pace and target species all matter… and our birding specialists will help you make the best choices and book the best birdwatching lodges in Costa Rica that perfectly suit the purpose of your tour.

 

Intensity of Birding

Birding Tour

Tour designed to see as many birds as possible. Focus on Endemics and lifers for guests.

The pace is set by participants, can range from relaxed to intense.

Birding with Camera

A balance of seeing as many birds as possible, especially endemics and lifers, while allowing time for everyone to get good shots.

Photography Tour

Tour is designed around photographing certain species, in settings designed for photography. The number of species is not important, it’s allowing time for everyone to get great shots.

Need Binoculars?

Birding Tour

Essential

Birding with Camera

Essential.

Photography Tour

Optional.

Need a Camera?

Birding Tour

No.

Birding with Camera

Yes, and keep in mind you’ll need to carry the equipment you bring.

Photography Tour

Yes, and we recommend a good telephoto lens, too.

Guide with a Spotting Scope?

Birding Tour

Yes.

Birding with Camera

Yes.

Photography Tour

Optional.

Priority of Photography

Birding Tour

Welcome as long as it does not interfere with birding. Photography is on the go.

Birding with Camera

Partial focus of the tour, time will be spent to get pictures, without affecting the ability to see target species.

Photography Tour

Top priority. Hours can be spent on a single species so that participants can get the shots they want.

Time Spent at Feeders, Blinds, Hides, etc.

Birding Tour

Yes, until all new species have been seen.

Birding with Camera

Yes, long enough for everyone to get good shots.

Photography Tour

Yes, long enough for participants to get the shots they came for.

Pursuing Target Birds

Birding Tour

Yes, this is the focus of the tour.

Birding with Camera

Yes, for people to get good shots of the target birds.

Photography Tour

Only if conditions are great for excellent photos.

Other Wildlife?

Birding Tour

Yes, for “star” species especially, and birds are still the main focus.

Birding with Camera

Yes, for “star” species, time is allowed for photographs.

Photography Tour

Yes, for important or “star” species.

Help with Photo Setup

Birding Tour

If time allows.

Birding with Camera

Yes.

Photography Tour

Yes.

Bird & Wildlife Checklist

Birding Tour

Yes, daily with the guide. List provided.

Birding with Camera

Yes, daily with the guide. List provided.

Photography Tour

Available if guests want to do this.

Costa Rica Bird Watching Tours Have Much More to Them than Just Birds

Our Costa Rica Bird Watching Tours can offer you an unforgettable bird watching experience in the country. We have to say that we feel privileged to have visited some of the most spectacular locations on the planet. After so many birding trips across the globe, Costa Rica is still one of our favorite vacation destinations.

Costa Rica is not only an excellent bird watching destination, but it has much more to offer to travelers.

The country has amazing beaches, luxurious hotels, scenic oceanic coastlines, dense rainforests, river basin on the lowlands, National parks, serene beaches and much more.

Let us see what else this spectacular country has to offer to its visitors:

1. Incredible Wildlife

You will find more than 900 bird species in Costa Rica, but the country is also a paradise for wildlife adventurers. There are several rarest as well as endangered species on the earth that are only found here.

From Tapirs to Jaguars, Giant Anteaters to a mantled howler, cottontop tamarin to Geoffroy’s spider, more than 25% world’s endangered species are present in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has numerous National Parks and Natural Reserves that protect this rare fauna. The country is also home for the legendary leatherback turtles.

Owing to its climatic conditions, even the most jeopardized bird and animal species can easily be viewed in Costa Rica.

costa rica wildlife

2. Beautiful and Picturesque Landscapes

Second on our Costa Rica Birding Tours list is a trip to admire the beautiful landscapes. Costa Rica is a marvelous country. With an abundance of natural diversification in Costa Rica, you can enjoy every bit of the place.

Whether misty cloud forest or active but sleeping volcanoes, highlands or lake Arenal, every natural highlight in the country is overwhelming.

You can surf on the stunning beaches and go for snorkeling in the Caribbean waters. The country is both vibrant and colorful. It is surprising to see a few marvelous shades of green in the landscapes of Costa Rica.

picturesque landscapes

3. Comfortable and Cozy Tourist Accommodations

Costa Rica tourism offers some unusual accommodations for high-spirited travelers. You can find some of the most amazing eco-lodges in the country.

These lodges are located in most unexpected places like near active volcanoes, in the highlands and forests, etc. In fact, one region in the country provides tree houses also for an adventurous stay.

There are some other finest accommodations that offer you open pools overlooking mountains and most exceptional scenic views. Besides, therapeutic spas and relaxing massages are also made available to the guests.

tourist acommodations

4. Terrific Birding Guides

Your birding and wildlife exploration experience becomes unforgettable if the guide is knowledgeable and passionate about his work.

Costa Rica has many renowned and outstanding birding guides that are handpicked for your trips. Most of these guides are local people and have been birding since their childhood.

These birders know precisely where you can watch a particular species. They are well aware of all the birding destinations in the country.

In fact, some of these are also authors or co-authors of many field guides that the travelers use to know about the birds in Costa Rica.

5. Pleasant Costa Rica and Friendly Inhabitants

Costa Rica is a pleasant and peaceful country. People of Costa Rica are amiable. Most of the staffs in tourist lodges speak English.

They welcome you with an open heart and wish “Pura Vida” to every guest, which means “good life.” The hospitality of the Costa Ricans is outstanding.

The weather in the country is also pleasant most of the time. Roads are in good shape. The problem of the biting insects is also very less as compared to many such places.

costa rica rainforest tours

6. Last but not least, the Amazing Birds

With around 850 bird species and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a blissful country for birders and wildlife explorers.

It also provides the ideal conditions for the nesting grounds. And that is why thousands of migratory birds come to Costa Rica every year. Many people enjoy the activities of these birds immensely.

Whether a rare species or a colorful and vibrant species, Costa Rican sky is always full of these winged creatures.

amazing birds of costa rica

About us

Costa Rica Focus is a birding tour company that offers customized Costa Rica bird watching tours for individuals or groups of people and guided by a knowledgeable birding expert who will help you spot and learn about the beauty of the birds of Costa Rica. Let’s talk about your Costa Rica bird watching vacation!