Nature Habitat at Byblos
Costa Rica, the smallest country on the entire American Continent, boasts an amazing 5% of the World's biodiversity. Located in Central America, Costa Rica serves as the bridge between the South American and North American land masses. Manuel Antonio National Park is home to at least 364 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and marine life, both the common and the endangered, as well as numerous species of flora and fauna. Byblos Resort & Casino is located only 1 mile north of the beach town of Manuel Antonio and only 2.5 miles south of the world-famous fishing port of Quepos. Byblos sits in the heart of the richest ecosystem in the world.
The areas surrounding Byblos contain a wonderful combination of rain forest, beaches, and coral reefs. Manuel Antonio National Park's beaches are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, lined with lush green rain forest, and offering excellent snorkeling opportunities. This jungle paradise is home to a host of exotic animals including 2 species of sloth, 3 species of monkeys, iguanas, birds, colorful little crabs, and an incredible list of interesting insects and reptiles, just to name a few of its natural wonders. The trail that winds around Cathedral Point affords some of Costa Rica's most spectacular views.
Exploring the park, visitors are treated to an abundant variety of eco-systems and exotic wildlife. Cathedral Point, with its forest topped cliffs, was once an island, but is now connected to the coastline by a thin strip of land. This natural land bridge forms the narrow stretch that separates the parks two most popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. The varied environment also includes primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamp, lagoons and extensive beach vegetation, as well as featuring other popular points such as the blow hole at Puerto Escondido and the sea caves along Serrucho Point. There are also 12 islands off the coast, which provide excellent refuge for rare and endangered sea birds and represent an important nesting site for the Brown Booby and the Brown Pelican. To date, 346 species have been discovered in the park, including 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, as well as an incredible variety of insects and reptiles, and rare possibilities to see the huge endangered Oliver Ridley and Green Marine Turtles.
Byblos Resort & Casino offers ample grounds for you to experience Costa Rica's biodiversity. See 3 species of monkeys, blue morph butterflies, and many other exotic animals and birds that live on the grounds of Byblos. With the variety of wildlife at Byblos, our guests experience waking up each morning in an intimate jungle setting.
To give you a better idea of some of these incredible wonders of nature, Byblos Resort & Casino has compiled an easy reference list of the most commonly seen avifauna and animals for the Manuel Antonio and Damas Island Area: Animal Species list below.