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The Critters of Playa Ocotal

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I would be remiss if I didn’t give you another look at the gorgeous, friendly and sometimes devious creatures that we encountered in and around Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica.

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This blue magpie seemed to perched behind Andy at all times.


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Here the blue magpie is again sitting just over Andy’s shoulder. Andy is cute, but I think he was after his chips.


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He’s a little hard to see, but this huge iguana is right above the camera’s date stamp (Photo by Andrew Gerngross).


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One of the many beach birds looking for scraps on Playa Ocotal.


Coatimundi in Nacascolo, Costa Rica

Coatimundi in Nacascolo, Costa Rica


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Howler monkeys in the trees by Father Rooster’s restaurant and bar on Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica


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A monkey enjoying his snack in Nacascolo, Costa Rica


And as a special treat, here’s a look at Andy and others in Nacascolo talking to the monkeys.

23 Comments on The Critters of Playa Ocotal

  1. So much wild life! I love it. When I saw the picture of the rocks, I didn’t even notice the iguana until I read the description 🙂

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm // Reply

      They aren’t kidding when they say that iguanas blend into the background! I started paying much more attention to where I placed my feet when climbing over the rocks after we saw this guy.

  2. Ahh, I am obsessed with animals and love seeing different animals in their original habitat when we travel! I have never heard of Coatimundi before! The birds are beautiful, especially the magpie! I barely saw the iguana on the rock! I would love to go to Costa Rica and see all these amazing creatures myself!

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 26, 2017 at 4:41 am // Reply

      We had so much fun — we kept looking up to see if we could spot one of the monkeys. The blue magpie was easy to spot — it was never very far from Andy’s food! 🙂

  3. I love seeing local animals in their natural habitats and Playa Ocotal looks like they have a ton of amazing creatures! The monkeys are adorable! You’ve got some amazing photos — so up close and personal!

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 26, 2017 at 4:52 am // Reply

      We were pretty surprised at how close they came to us — but I guess they know where the good food is! But seriously, it was an amazing trip!

  4. I haven’t been to Costa Rica yet, but I imagine I’ll love it. Your photos really showcase the beauty of this nation – so pristine and green! I can’t believe you were able to see these creatures in their natural habitat so close!

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm // Reply

      It was our first trip, so I really didn’t know what to expect. We were thrilled that were as intrigued by us as we were by them. 🙂

  5. I love these kind of places. so much of wild life and closer to nature. And fresh air too.

    I think I have fallen in love with that cute Coatimundi. 🙂

  6. Lovely pics. Is that a blue magpie though? The ones in India are sooooo different – with a longer tail and a deeper blue. They have a red/organge bill.

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm // Reply

      I think the full name is a white-throated blue magpie jay. They were so colorful and very, very interested in Andy’s food.

  7. I love birds like this and I would not say I am a particular bird lover. When we went to Honduras I was fascinated by the parrots as was I in Australia (although I was not so keen on them at 6am when they decided to wake me up)

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm // Reply

      LOL! 6am is a bit early for bird calls, but I’d love to see those parrots, too. Our wake up calls were from the Howler Monkeys — which once we got used to was fine, but at first made me think of growling owls. Very strange!

  8. I love coatimundi! When I was in Mexico, there was a whole gang of them wandering around the resort like they owned it – it was great!

  9. Devious? Who took what? hehe I’m guessing the monkeys and a snack from a backpack. What a fun trip to see so many animals along the way.

    • PatriciaSteffy // January 27, 2017 at 1:21 am // Reply

      Luckily, it didn’t happen to us (we were warned before we got there), but they do have a knack for distraction and for getting both food items and shiny objects. Apparently, they’ve worked out how to open coolers, too. But they were pretty mellow with us, and so fun to see them!

  10. Wow, this place is just really interesting. That rocks are beautiful in their own innate state. I also love the different wild life I’m seeing.

  11. Nice place,Loved it. All the birds are beautiful, especially the magpie. I loved this bird also I think I have fallen in love with that cute Coatimundi. Really Nice snapshot.

  12. I really love this place! Thanks for sharing this awesomeness!

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