Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers who are drawn to the enchanting beauty of its lush rainforests, sparkling waterfalls, and magnificent beaches. It seems that beautiful scenery awaits your vision in every direction wherever you go among the glorious islands of Costa Rica.
Jaco Beach, not far from San Jose, is one of the most visited beaches of Costa Rica, famous for its spectacular views, crystal waters and golden sands. However, in order to reach this attractive destination, visitors must pass through one of the most frightening areas imaginable, a place where beauty meets beast: Crocodile Bridge.
Don't Lean Too Far Over That Railing!
The abundance of fish swimming in the muddy waters of the Rio Tarcoles ensure that a large population of American crocodiles are well-fed. But that doesn't mean they won't take a bite out of some human meat every now and then. Located just a couple of miles from the town of Jaco, this bridge has become a popular viewing spot for gatherings of the massive Crocodilus Acutus. Tourists line the narrow sidewalks across the long bridge for the chance to see the giant, toothy monsters in swarms, swimmingly lazily through the dark water or basking in the sun on the mud banks.
Every so often, someone will toss down a chicken for the chance to get a photo of huge jaws filled with rows of pointy death snapping shut on a chunk of raw meat. A few daredevils will lean as far over as possible in order to get the best picture- but don't lean too far! Falling over the railing would not be a pleasant experience.
A Few Crocodile Facts:
- A group of crocodiles is called a float, or a bask.
- American crocodiles are normally reclusive and rarely seen by humans.
- Rio Tarcoles crocodiles are an average 12 – 15 feet long, but males can grow up to 20 feet!
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