The Crocodile Bridge
Driving towards the Pacific coast is the amazing Tarcoles Bridge over the Tarcoles river. From the bridge, you will see so many crocodiles. Possibly the largest collection of the leathery beasts in all Central America. The river is situated running toward the Pacific coast. It spans 111 kilometers before reaching the final destination. Another fascinating river in Costa Rica.
The Rivers Inhabitants
Firstly, you might think that this is a nasty river full of pollutants and probably doesn’t have any life. But that is exactly, the opposite. The River is teaming with Crocodiles some reaching sizes of three to four meters long or (12 feet). These beasts are not to be messed with and for good reasons of losing appendages. But visiting the bridge is a great way to see them. Other animals in the river include a variety of different birds, Caiman, Basilisk and large iguanas. Close by in the Carara Biological Reserve you will find a much larger amount of wildlife. For example, Monkeys Sloths, Scarlet Macaws, and more.
Seeing the Crocs of Tarcoles Bridge
Seeing the crocodiles from the bridge is nice, but if you want to get in on the action, it is worthwhile taking a boat tour. There are a few tour operators including the Crocodile Man Tour. Be careful to keep your hands and feet inside the boat at all times which should be self-explanatory. Very few brave locals will go up to the Crocs and feed them which isn’t much allowed anymore because of provocation. Although, seeing the animals in their semi-natural habitat is more than enough action for one day.
Tarcoles Bridge Things to do
Besides watching the crocodiles from the bridge or taking a tour, you can also explore the Carara Biological Reserve. Carara is a great place for birders. You will spot a large variety of different species. For example, Collared Aracari, American Egret, Great Tinamou, Keel-billed Toucans, Boat-billed Herons and more. Of course, to it is a great place for hiking and exploring the sights of a jungle. The park is very popular because of it’s proximity to San Jose and is recommended for morning or day trips.
Where to Stay
Because of the close proximity to San Jose and the Central Pacific, this makes it easy to find a place to stay. The Central Pacific is beautiful and has so many beaches to kick back and just relax. Choose, one of the many beachfront hotels located in Manuel Antonio or Jaco. Also, if you’re looking for something closer to San Jose, there are awesome mountain lodges that offer hot springs, Yoga, and impressive birding options.
All in all, the Tarcoles Bridge is such a cool place to visit especially because of how quick of a visit it is. Stopping and taking a few pictures of the monsters, meters below doesn’t mean having a full day tour. So if you’re in the area of Trarcoles stop and see the sights. If you want an up-close look at the Crocodiles, a boat tour is more than worth your while. Have fun on your trip to Costa Rica.