Costa Rica Creatures Series: BUTTERFLIES

As mentioned in an earlier post, Costa Rica Travel Blog is producing a blog series titled “Costa Rica Creatures”. The following article on butterflies is part of this series. If you are planning a vacation to costa rica and have an interest in butterflies, we recommend visiting one or more of the sites mentioned in this post. For additional information, please visit the specific website for each butterfly site by clicking on the site title below.

Jump to one of our other series posts:

Costa Rica Creatures Series: SNAKES
Costa Rica Creatures Series: FROGS
Costa Rica Creatures Series: INSECTS

Butterfly Conservatory - El Castillo

El Castillo’s Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory
Location in Costa Rica: Arenal (El Castillo)
Operating Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Brief Site Description: Six large atrium habitats provide representation of the plants, trees, butterflies, and frogs that live within the four micro-climates surrounding Lake Arenal (on-site volunteer program available). This is the largest butterfly exhibition in Costa Rica, with over 1000 butterflies of the Arenal area flying in their natural habitats. Also contains 10 acres of botanical gardens and nature walks.

Butterfly Farm - Arenal Eco Zoo

Arenal Eco Zoo’s Butterfly Garden

Arenal Eco Zoo’s Butterfly Garden
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Location in Costa Rica: Arenal (El Castillo)
Brief Site Description: We have an area close to 200 square meters consisting of small walkways that allow us to enjoy the butterflies flying or stationary on plants surrounding these roads.

Arenal Oasis' Butterfly Garden

Arenal Oasis’ Butterfly Garden

Arenal Oasis’ Butterfly Garden 
Location in Costa Rica: Arenal (La Fortuna)
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Brief Site Description: In our butterfly garden there are more than 15 species of butterflies. You can enjoy all of the different stages of their life cycle.

Alajuela's Butterfly Farm

Alajuela’s Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm
Operating Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Location in Costa Rica: Alajuela (La Guacima)
Brief Site Description: In an enclosed tropical garden where perhaps over a thousand butterflies are flying, feeding, mating and laying eggs, visitors may observe many of Costa Rica’s beautiful butterflies going about their lives.

UPDATE: We are sad to report that unfortunately the Butterfly Farm in Alajuela has closed indefinitely.

Spirogyra's Butterfly Garden

Spirogyra’s Butterfly Garden

Spirogyra’s Butterfly Farm
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location in Costa Rica: San Jose
Brief Site Description: View butterflies in their natural habitat and learn about these beautiful creatures, their lives, and host plants.

Monteverde's Butterfly Garden

Monteverde Butterfly Garden

Monteverde Butterfly Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Monteverde (Santa Elena)
Operating Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Brief Site Description: Four butterfly gardens with 50 species of butterflies, a leaf-cutter ant colony, and medicinal plant garden (on-site volunteer program available)

Selvatura's Butterfly Garden

Selvatura’s Butterfly Garden

Selvatura’s Butterfly Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Monteverde (Santa Elena)
Operating Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm
Brief Site Description: The butterfly garden contains 50+ species.

El Cocora's Butterfly Farm

Bosque Nuboso El Cocora’s Butterfly Farm

Bosque Nuboso El Cocora Butterfly Farm
Location in Costa Rica: San Ramon
Operating Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday – Saturday); 12:00pm to 5:00pm (Sundays)
Brief Site Description: The butterfly garden contains 25 different species.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens' Butterfly Observatory

La Paz Waterfall Gardens’ Butterfly Observatory

La Paz Waterfall Gardens’ Butterfly Observatory
Location in Costa Rica: Alajuela (Vara Blanca)
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Brief Site Description: Our on-site laboratory is a breeding ground for over 25 species of butterflies in Costa Rica.

Hacienda Guachipelin's Butterfly Garden

Hacienda Guachipelin’s Butterfly Garden

Hacienda Guachipelin’s Butterfly Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Rincon de la Vieja
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Brief Site Description: Within our interesting and interactive facility there is a beautiful butterfly garden featuring the three major families of butterflies that live in Costa Rica.

Fincas Naturales' Butterfly Botanical Garden

Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge’s Butterfly Botanical Garden

Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge’s Butterfly Botanical Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio (Quepos)
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Brief Site Description: The garden’s multi-level walkways enable the observer to view a variety of local butterfly species and their host plants located along the perimeter of an atrium garden.

Neo Fauna's Butterfly Garden

Neo Fauna’s Butterfly Garden

Neo Fauna’s Butterfly Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Jaco
Operating Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Brief Site Description: The butterfly (and frog farms) are more than 6600 square feet which makes them the largest butterfly farm in the Central Pacific. Not only you will see butterflies, but you will be able to see them in their full cycle of life (seeing many larva stages and cocoons from most of our species).

Veragua Rainforest's Butterfly Garden

Veragua Rainforest’s Butterfly Garden

Veragua Rainforest’s Butterfly Garden
Location in Costa Rica: Limon
Operating Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Brief Site Description: Our butterfly garden is inhabited by some of the most colourful butterflies in the world. Your walk through our garden includes a visit to our research lab where our staff studies the behaviour and lifestyle of Veragua’s colourful flying residents.

*Discounts for exhibit tours and entrance fees are available through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated at: http://www.puravidaeh.ca/

QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you visited a different butterfly garden in Costa Rica? We’d love to hear about it!

Pura vida!

11 responses to “Costa Rica Creatures Series: BUTTERFLIES

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow. I’m looking forward to sharing more of life on the tip of Africa with you. Thanks also for this informatibve blog – the amount of work you have put in is incredible. Regards, Karen

    • The Earth Beneath My Feet –
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! Your photos are incredible – they draw us in to your posts and make us want to travel to Africa as soon as possible! 🙂
      Pura vida!

      • Wow, thank you, it is such an honour to receive feedback like that. Africa very easily gets under the skin – the beauty, the diversity and the wide open spaces. I want to capture as much as I can here. Regards, Karen

        • The Earth Beneath My Feet –
          You are doing an excellent job! LOVE the recent pic of the “Frangipani Blossoms”. I have never seen these flowers in the wild, however Costa Rican souvenir stores are overstocked with handmade replicas that are sold as hair accessories. I bet the souvenir versions don’t even come close to the real thing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
          Pura vida!

          • They grow fairly well here in gardens across the country. The blossoms are widely used in water features (floating on the water), and especially popular with those following Eastern religions. I often see them in the yoga studio I attend or in meditation classes. There are variations on the coulours but each blossom is absoltely perect.

            • The Earth Beneath My Feet –
              That is incredible to hear! People always say that the tropical flowers in Costa Rica are stunning. We are used to them, however can appreciate their uniqueness and beauty. On the flip side, should we ever travel to where you are, I am sure we would be taken aback by the flowers there, so I suppose it is all relative. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the photo and description so we could see and learn about it!
              Pura vida!

    • kimsimard –
      I bet! This country is BEAUTIFUL and the brilliant blue morpho butterflies fluttering around can’t be beat. Your blog makes me want to visit Venezuela – should you ever make it to Costa Rica never hesitate to contact us if you’re in need of assistance or advice!
      Pura vida!

      • Absolutely! Costa Rica is definitely on our list of places to go and having an inside scoop of where to go and what to do will make it easier. Happy to have found you or happy that you found me. 🙂

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