I’m a huge animal lover and it is one of my passions. I believe that animals should be treated and protected the same way as humans. Whether they live in the water, mountains, trees, wherever, big or small – I love them all!
Respect nature, that’s one of the rules of life I live by. It’s a good thing that I moved to a country that has more laws for it’s wildlife than people! (just kidding but almost…) And the nature here in Costa Rica is astounding,
I had to get used to seeing so many tropical birds fly past my window and monkeys in the trees when I first moved here and now it’s completely normal! But the animal I love most are dogs.
Through my experiences, dogs have one of the most distinct, forgiving and enamored personalities. Each one is different in every aspect and each breed is so remarkable. Just look at all the variation in sizes – that alone is impressive.
Not unlike the human population, I have found that dogs in Costa Rica are very different from the dogs in the States. They have a bit more common sense and street smarts. Dogs here know how to cross the roads, how to ride scooters, golf carts, kayaks, boats, and much more. Beach dogs they truly are.
Life of Beach Dogs in Costa Rica
There are actually a lot of street dogs in Playas del Coco (one thing to know about Coco) and many of them are zaguates, or mutts. The locals and expats who live here actually work fairly hard at castrating them to keep the street dog population low but of course you can’t catch them all.
However, many of the street dogs here are actually pretty well behaved! Most of them just want to play and don’t bother people at all. If you see one on the beach don’t feel afraid, they’re pretty good at minding their own business.
Trust me, it’s difficult not to say hi to every single one if you’re a dog lover. They’re just so adorable! Also note that many Ticos don’t use leashes and let their dog run freely with no collar. So even though a dog may seem like a stray since it has no collar or leash, it actually probably lives at the house right behind it or their owner is not too far behind.
Here are some fun snapshots of some cute pups we’ve seen living up the life on the beach.
Ahh the life of a dog at the beach. I’m not advocating letting all dogs loose out in the street but here in Coco, most of the street dogs actually seem pretty happy and fairly healthy. And since there are tons of people from the states, Canada, Europe and the Ticos who love dogs, many street dogs get rescued and adopted.
For a dog, I would say that the beach is probably the best playground for them. They have tons of room to run around, the water to swim in, other puppy friends to play with and always someone to throw a stick for them. It’s one of the best bonding times for you as the owner and your dog, to spend some time playing at the beach!
If you would like to help the stray dogs in Costa Rica, please consider donating or visiting the Territorio de Zaguates, the largest no kill dog shelter in the world. They have 600-700 dogs on their property who are all strays and looking for homes.