Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Leatherback Turtles: Lords of the Sea

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by Sugar

We share our planet with an ancient family, one that has witnessed the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and the birth and ascent of humanity. For more than 150 million years the Leatherback sea turtle has lived in the More…

Deep Sea Migration: The Whales of Costa Rica

Posted on: November 20th, 2016 by Sugar

There are few experiences more majestic, more awe-inspiring, than encounters with whales. The powerful sight of a creature so large it defies your sense of proportion, the sense of connection with another intelligent being, leaves an indelible impression. Costa Rica More…

The Best Parks in the World are in Costa Rica

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Sugar

Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking national parks, 26 in all, places where you can behold an active volcano, see endangered wildlife in a natural habitat, and so much more. While the parks are a More…

Green Season

Posted on: July 9th, 2016 by Sugar

Costa Rica’s Green Season lasts from May to mid December. You can expect rain, and you can also expect to see the country don its most vibrant colors when even the trees seem breathe with the fullness of life.

To all the mama’s of the world, Happy Mother’s Day.

Posted on: August 10th, 2015 by Sugar

To all the mama’s of the world, Happy Mother’s Day.

9 Ways You Can Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Sugar

Tourism is extremely important to the economy of Costa Rica. The travel boom began in the late 80s, and in 2012 the country played host to more than 2.3 million foreign visitors – a historical record. Tourism has contributed to More…

Happy Mother’s Day, August 15

Posted on: August 10th, 2014 by Sugar

To all the mama’s of the world, Happy Mother’s Day.

Where Natural and National History Meet: Santa Rosa National Park

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Sugar

  The Santa Rosa National Park occupies a unique place among Costa Rica’s protected areas. In addition to being one of the last, nearly complete representations of Guanacaste’s natural heritage, it is also the site of historical drama that took More…

What were your first steps like?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2013 by Pablo Herrera

What were your first steps like? Your mom probably was circling you like a hawk with the video camera, your dad practically begging you to ‘come here buddy’ as if you were a dog, and you, confused why you were More…

For the Love of Monkeys

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by Sugar

At Hotel Sugar Beach we take our responsibility to our neighbors very seriously. Our neighbors include the residents of Portreo and greater Guanacaste, as well as the wildlife which inhabits our grounds, sea, sky and tree tops. In service to More…

Sofia’s Turtles

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Sugar

As we transition from Dry Season, also known as High Season, we’ve asked our staff to relay some of their favorite experiences. This one comes from manager Sophia Granados Chaverri, a city girl who has learned to love nature at More…

Every Year On Good Friday

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by Sugar

Easter, throughout the greatly Catholic countries of Latin America, is celebrated with masses, processions and the traditional rites that accompany the resurrection of Christ next Sunday. In Costa Rica the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Jose started the week’s festivities with More…

Care of the Monkeys

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Sugar

Last week our own Sophia and Yeimy visited with Potrero elementary school students to speak with them about the importance of protecting our native monkeys. One of the key ways we can help our monkey neighbors is by installing special More…

Eco Friendly Weddings

Posted on: January 27th, 2012 by Sugar

With its exotic flora and pristine beaches Costa Rica has long been a popular choice for destination weddings. At Hotel Sugar Beach we host dozens of wedding events each year and many of the couples we have met along the More…

Hummingbird Wars: Size Doesn’t Really Matter

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by Sugar

There are few birds that draw gasps of delight quite like the hummingbird. With deft, precise motions, these brightly coloured birdlets move quickly from flower to flower, wasting no time in extracting the sugar-rich nectar they depend on for energy. More…

Twilight of the Turtles

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Sugar

There is a reason the leatherback turtle looks so ancient. As a species, she has lived on the earth for more than 65 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. The oldest and largest living reptile, the average leatherback More…

Butterfly Garden

Posted on: September 4th, 2011 by Sugar

In June we reported that Sugar Beach was revamping its gardens by installing plants that are native to Guanacaste. These species are well adapted to the local cycles of rain and drought, and they play a key role in supporting More…

Wedding Birds

Posted on: August 25th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach Wedding Season is all year round! We celebrated a beautiful beach wedding last weekend, and we have 20 more on the books for the coming months. We have noticed that even our beautiful birds enjoy a surf More…

Mother’s Day Mother Nature

Posted on: August 14th, 2011 by Sugar

Eco Friendly Weddings

Posted on: August 2nd, 2011 by Sugar

With its exotic flora and pristine beaches Costa Rica has long been a popular choice for destination weddings. At Hotel Sugar Beach we host dozens of wedding events each year and many of the couples we have met along the More…

Day Trip to The Tenorio Volcano

Posted on: July 10th, 2011 by Sugar

Just three hours from the Hotel Sugar Beach lies one of Costa Rica’s lesser-known marvels, the Tenorio Volcano.  Though it is one of the country’s active volcanoes, it was only declared a national park in 1995.  Since then, trails have More…

Monkey Bridge Fundraiser a Howling Success!

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Sugar

Last week’s monkey bridge fundraiser has come and gone, and it was, if we dare say it, a howling success!  More than 75 people from the Potrero, Surfside and Flamingo communities came out to support our cause.  Thanks to their More…

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Posted on: May 20th, 2011 by Sugar

The Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a place of dramatic and varied beauty.  Home to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, the park is made up of shifting landscapes that range from dry scrubland pocked with bubbling More…

More Monkeys

Posted on: May 5th, 2011 by Sugar

A new family of howlers has moved into the neighborhood. Maybe they heard about the monkey bridge, or maybe word got out that we have extra delicious mangoes this season. Either way the howlers have been content and peaceful. See More…

Daily Birds

Posted on: April 30th, 2011 by Sugar

Hotel Sugar Beach has always been a prime location for birders and bird groups from around the world. Though a small country, Costa Rica is bird-rich, with over 893 recorded species, more than the US and Canada combined. Here are More…

Welcome to the Monkey Bridge

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Sugar

At Hotel Sugar Beach we share our space – the grounds, the trees, our delicious jocote – with many indigenous creatures. You will meet our proud, stately iguanas, determined little dinosaurs and organic bug zappers. You will notice the rascally More…

Coatimundi the Clever Forager

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by Sugar

No matter where there are humans, there is a raccoon-like creature that will eventually come sniffing around, and the Sugar Beach hotel grounds are no exception.  Our resident foragers are the Coatimundi – known locally as pizote – and this More…

Iguana vs Garrobo: A Lizard by Any Other Name

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Sugar

There are lizards of all colours and sizes scurrying and clambering throughout Guanacaste, but most notable are the large, imposing, spiny-backed iguanas that can be found solemnly basking in the sun, or munching on bright red hibiscus flowers. Locals will More…

The Bold and Beautiful Magpie Jay

Posted on: January 11th, 2011 by Sugar

The white-throated magpie jay is one of Sugar Beach’s more flamboyant – and brazen – visitors.  Large birds, measuring up to two feet, with regal blue and white plumage, black necklace and a dainty crest, they are eminently photogenic and More…