The Green Big Year Costa Rica: A Couple of Birders

In the time it took for me to open this document and write the first sentence of this blog, I just saw 5 species of birds. This is without a bird feeder, or even any binoculars. I am just sitting on my front porch, looking out into our jungle garden. …

Costa Rica Border Crossings: Ultimate Guide

We have seen countless travelers at land borders in Central America that are totally confused by the process. This is not at all surprising. The “system”, if you can call it that, is in a constant state of flux. And there is very limited information online to help you get …

Booking for High Season in Costa Rica

When should you book for Costa Rica? The short answer is: as soon as possible. But let’s get into the more detailed reasoning. When you are booking your dream vacation in Costa Rica, you should understand that there are approximately 1.7 million tourists that visit the country each year. The …

Packing for Costa Rica- Luggage & Waterproof Gear

In our 3rd edition of the Packing for Costa Rica blog series, we are taking a look at waterproof gear and baggage for the tropics. You can find a summarized list on our Questions and Answers page, but for these blogs we wanted to explain in more detail about the …

Packing for Costa Rica- Adventure Gear

In this edition of our Packing for Costa Rica blog series, we are taking a look in our bag of gear for adventures. You can find a summarized list on our Questions and Answers page, but for these blogs we wanted to explain in more detail about the things that …

Packing for Costa Rica- Natural First Aid

Welcome to our new blog series about packing for Costa Rica. We have created a four part Ultimate Guide of what to pack for the tropics that we hope will be helpful for all of our readers. You can find a summarized list on our Questions and Answers page, but …

Environmentally Responsible Marine Tours

An important thing to consider when choosing a whale and dolphin watching tour in Costa Rica is whether or not the operator is being environmentally responsible and respectful towards these amazing animals. It is something that many of our guests have asked us about in the past, and something that …

The Best Hidden Beaches of Costa Rica

One of the main reasons travelers come to Costa Rica is for the beaches. Depending on your particular style of beach-going, there are a number of different Costa Rican destinations to consider. Today we are going to focus on the most pristine beaches of Costa Rica- places where you could …

What Time of Year Should I Visit Costa Rica?

When should I come to Drake Bay? At GringoCurt.com, this is one of our favorite questions. And the answer is more nuanced than you might think. You have probably read in various travel guides, that you should come to Costa Rica in dry season (December to March) and avoid it …

What’s Happening With Gringo Curt’s?

Gringo Curt’s is always looking for new and better ways to travel to Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula. Over the last year, we have been working hard on the best model for travelers to experience this unique jungle paradise. In the last few weeks we have been making some …

How Much Time Should You Spend in Drake Bay?

Many websites, hoteliers and tour operators will tell you that you should probably spend 3 days in Drake Bay. This piece of “wisdom” has become so prevalent that as much as 90% of visitors to Drake Bay follow it. The standard package? Corcovado National Park, Cano Island and a day …

Corcovado National Park: Regulations Explained

Corcovado National Park regulations are possibly one of the most confusing things that travelers have to deal with in Costa Rica. They have changed a lot over the years, and also, they are very different than any of the other national parks throughout the country. In this update as of …