The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information

Animals of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Tajalin crab


These colorful "Tajalines" or Land Crabs come up from their underground homes in droves at the beginning of rainy season. They travel from their inland burrows to the coast where they lay their eggs. They walk a straight line on their way to the beach, passing through bedrooms and kitchens and anything else in their way.

While only 10 years ago you saw plenty of Tajalines in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, the population has almost vanished by now. The booming development and heavy car traffic on the coastal road put a quick end to the land crabs in this region.

Hermite Crabs


Be careful when you pick up that beautiful shell on the beach for your collection: it may already have an owner...
Hermit crabs cling with their back to the inner threads of empty shells.

There is a lot of small wildlife like crabs and clams living in the sand, so please : don't drive on the beach