Is Bird watching really the most boring hobby in the World?

Some might think so.  But we don’t agree and we offer the perfect solution to birdwatchers that need to entertain their significant others or children during a bird watching holiday.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica
Bird watching is a very popular hobby around the world. According to Wikipedia, 20% of North Americans consider themselves bird watchers.

The Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Eco Lodges are not 100% specialized towards birdwatchers.  However, we do receive our fair share and some of our locations like the Osa Peninsula, the Central Highlands or Lake Nicaragua are world class for birding.  We are very fond of the guests that come to bird at our hotels and have highly qualified guides to accompany them in the search for that one specific bird.

So here is the dilemma.  What if a guest is a bird watcher, but his or her family or significant others are not into birding and consider it the most boring hobby in the world?  What does that guest do with the other members of the party while he or she is out spotting birds and getting a real high by having counted 75+ different birds before breakfast?  This feeling gets confirmed by the posts on this popular birding site.  A birder is asking if he is the only one that feels embarrassed about having such a “boring” hobby.  Interesting to read the responses.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica
Costa Rica and Nicaragua are world renown destinations for birdwatchers. Many visitors to Costa Rica go birding for the first time in their lives and enjoy it.

What we found is that the best way to deal with this dilemma is to offer an alternative program for different interests within the group travelling together.  It might be tough for a spouse or children to accompany family members to a die-hard birding lodge in the middle of nowhere.  But what if the lodge that offers great birding also has a great wellness program, surf lessons, waterfall rappelling nearby and offers gourmet food and a great pool?  What if there is something for everybody and at the end of the day the family comes back together and shares their experiences and adventures?

Birdwatching in Costa Rica
One of over 350 species of birds of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.












At the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Eco Lodges we offer solutions to the different guest interests.  While the bird watcher of the party is looking for that very special species.

– at Finca Rosa Blanca, you can do a Coffee Plantation Tour or a trip to Poas Volcano.

– at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, you take go on the waterfall hike and take a plunge in one of the naturally formed pools.

– at Kura Design Villas in Uvita, you can lounge at the pool and just ” chill”.

– at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, you can take a surf lesson and catch a wave.

– at Jicaro Lodge in Lake Nicaragua, you

– at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, you can go for a horseback riding tour in a nearby finca.

– at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, you can take part in Tortilla making lessons and learn about the sustainability efforts of the resort.

– and while bird watching is not all that great in downtown San Jose, the Hotel Grano de Oro is a great base to start your bird watching trip.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica
Bird watching or Nature Tours are a main attraction at the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica.

In early November, we plan to bring down experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to Costa Rica.  If you are interested in joining those experts on a birding expedition in the Central Highlands, the Central and Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, send us a note to [email protected].  We will send you details and post them on this forum soon.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica
Even non birdwatchers will see the beauty in such colorful birds as this one photographed near Lapa Rios Eco Lodge close to Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.



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