Crocodiles in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, being a land of biodiversity, also has Crocodiles and Caimans. You may not love these fascinating monsters, but you have to admit they are kinda cool. With the average crocodiles in Costa Rica reaching sizes of 16 feet long that is nothing to laugh at. Whereas the average size of a Caiman is 4-8 feet long although you still have to be extremely careful around them. They can bite a few digits off if you’re not careful.
Where to see Crocodiles and Caimans in Costa Rica?
The best spot in all Costa Rica to see Crocodiles is at the Tarcoles River Bridge. There you don’t just see a few Crocodiles it’s more like you see hundreds of them. Tarcoles is located towards Jaco on the Central Pacific side of Costa Rica. It isn’t a beautiful river but certainly is amazing to see the monsters below. Due to their tolerance of Saltwater Crocodiles are versatile for where they can live. They reside in rivers, swamps, lagoons, small islands, and have been known to come up onto the beach every now and again.
Caimans are a little more picky about where they live. But some of the most popular spots to see these guys are in the Canals of Costa Rica. Tortuguero is one of the most popular points to see them, they thrive within the Canal waters edge. Also, you can travel down towards the Sierpe Wetlands, where they thrive in the wetlands and canals.
The two species don’t really like to mix and mingle but are rather very territorial of one another. So where you see Crocodiles you generally won’t see Caimans. The map below demonstrates only a few popular places to see Crocs and Caimans.
[amcharts id=”Crocodiles and Caimans”]