Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Scuba Diving in Cocos, Costa Rica

Youtube video of a virtual tour of a typical dive site in Coco's Island, Costa Rica. Dive into the deep blue waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific and get close to schools of grunts and snappers, sharks and rays.

Note: a high speed internet connection is recommended to watch the video

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Celeste River waterfall

People walk towards the Celeste river waterfall at Tenorio Volcano National Park in Upala, March 18, 2008. The blue color of the lagoon, formed from chemical reactions of calcium carbonate and sulfur, is surrounded by amazing rainforest of 12,819 hectares of this park. The Celeste river carries its color for a distance of 36 km (22 miles). (Photo: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Halloween crab stands guard

This Halloween crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) was photographed by a tourist from Wales on the lawn of his hotel during a trip to Costa Rica. Halloween crabs also known as Moon crabs, Mouthless crabs or Harlequin land crabs, are found in mangrove, sand dunes and rainforest along the Pacific coast from Mexico south to Peru. To learn more about this crustacean click here. To see more great pictures by this flickr user click here.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Costa Rica a tourism hot spot

Beachgoers play in the Pacific Ocean during sunset in Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, on Dec. 26, 2007. Costa Rica, located between Nicaragua and Panama, has become a tourism hot spot. The Tico Times, an English-language newspaper, reported that 1.9 million tourists visited the country in 2007, about a 10-fold increase from numbers in the late 1980s. (Photographer: Peter J. Brennan/Bloomberg News)