Costa Rica Reptiles
Typical Costa Rica Reptiles: Basiliscus basiliscus, otherwise known as Common Basilisk or more curiously the Jesus Christ Lizard, found in a mangrove forest on the Pacific Coast. Photo by Solbaken
Costa Rica has both Caribbean (212kms/131mls) and Pacific coasts(1016kms/630mls – much longer due to its serpentine routing). The Pacific side hosts two famous turtle hatching beaches, Playa Grande (in Parque Nacional Marino las Baulas de Guanacaste) for the huge leatherbacks and beaches in Refugio Nacional de Vida Silestre Ostional for olive ridley sea turtles.
If you’re spending time on turtle beaches be careful with torches as turtles, big and small, navigate to the sea by reflected light off the sea so torchlight can throw them terminally off course.