Why do stargazers travel to Costa Rica?
For the same reasons travelers from around the globe journey to this Central American paradise: the inviting tropical climate, spectacular natural scenery, abundant wildlife and friendly, hospitable people.
Join us as we carry on a great tradition: our 17th annual Costa Rica Southern Sky Party, February 23 – March 1, 2020, comfortably based at our private Star Lodge and National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf of Nicoya.
A Perfect Southern Vantage Point
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Costa Rica adventure is timed to coincide with both the new Moon and the driest time of year in the western part of the country. This should ensure the greatest possible number of clear, star-filled nights – on a grassy open area of the lodge property that offers unobstructed views of the southern horizon.
At 10° N, our Costa Rican viewing site is 15° farther south than the Florida Keys and even more southerly – by 10° – than the Big Island of Hawaii. Many astronomical highlights that hug the horizon in these popular stargazing locales are 10° to 15° higher in Costa Rica’s southern sky.
A Birder’s Paradise
Each morning and afternoon of our stay, our licensed Costa Rican Naturalist Guide will expertly lead you in and around the 800 acre Star Lodge plantation, as well as the nearby mangrove, where you will have the opportunity to spot up to 100 species of North Pacific dry forest birds. Our guide will masterfully locate otherwise-missed species in veiled dwellings, keenly spot those in flight, and identify likely occupied habitats around the wildlife refuge. From Tricolored Herons to the ever-popular Turquoise-browed Motmot, you will not be disappointed by the medley of chroma and tuneful singing.
Attractively Close to Home
Costa Rica is also a wonderfully accessible destination. Just a 2.5-hour flight from Miami, it’s in the Central time zone, so there’s no grueling flight to endure and no tiresome jet lag to get over before you begin enjoying yourself.
All of our comfortable cabinas face the Gulf, with a bathroom, hot water, closet and spacious terrace inclusive of a hammock, which all ensure a relaxed, carefree stay – right down to the convenience of North American standard AC power (120 volts, 60 Hz) in your room, so you never have to worry about keeping your gear charged.
A tropical climate, excellent southern-sky views, great accommodations and the company of easygoing, like-minded travelers – what more could you ask of an astronomical adventure that’s remarkably close to home?
Join Dave Eicher to Costa Rica
Chief editor of Astronomy Magazine and our Costa Rica stargazing astronomer
Dave Eicher is Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, the world’s largest publication on the subject, and the author of 23 books on science and history. Most recently, his works are Mission Moon 3-D (written with Brian May) and the forthcoming Galaxies, due in spring 2020. He has been a staff member of Astronomy magazine for 36 years, and chief editor since 2002.
Eicher has spoken widely to astronomy groups, appeared on television programs, and spent hundreds of hours at the eyepiece as an accomplished observer. He was founder and editor of Deep Sky magazine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Starmus Festival, Editor-in-Chief of the international Asteroid Day project, a board member of Lowell Observatory, and involved in mineralogy, studies of American history, and blues and rock drumming with his Astro Blues Band.
Join us and discover the wonders of Costa Rica and the riches of the southern night sky!