National Parks & Reserves


National Parks and Reserves in Costa Rica:

Costa Rica, with only 0.03 % of world’s surface, shelters more than 90.000 known species, which represent almost 5% of worldwide biodiversity, it is still within the top 20 richest countries in biodiversity on Earth in terms of species density. Twenty-six percent of the country’s land territory is protected by a system of conservation areas.

Costa Rica extends majestically from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and its distance is barely 200 miles. Its land portion occupies only 20 thousand square miles.

If you travel throughout the provinces of Costa Rica, it’s easy to notice that in no other place you shall find fields with so many variations in their landscape and climate as here.

Costa Rica is one of most highly valued tourist destinations in this planet. This small piece of land includes all of the necessary components to satisfy the taste of thousands of travelers visiting each year.


National Parks



1. Rincon de la Vieja National Park

1. Monteverde Biological Reserve

2. Las Baulas National Marine Park

2. Ostional Wildlife Refuge

3. Manuel Antonio National Park

 3. Cipanci Wildlife Refuge

4. Corcovado National Park

5. Chirripo National Park

6. Tortuguero National Park

7. Cahuita National Park

8. Arenal Volcano National Park

9. Poas Volcano National Park

10. Irazu Volcano National Park

11. Palo Verde National Park


12. Santa Rosa National Park

13. Barra Honda National Park

14. Las Baulas Marine Park

 15. Diria National Park


Santa Rosa National Park is located 35 km north from Liberia and it has an internal 7 km-long, paved road leading to the Casona de Santa Rosa Museum. It’s a part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area.


Inside the park is the Historical Museum Casona de Santa Rosa, created as a National Monument. The most important battle in the fight against the North American filibusterers led by William Walker coming from Nicaragua took place in Santa Rosa, and it has also been the scenario of other historical battles. The mean annual temperature is 28°C.


Santa Rosa protects the most important example of protected dry forest of Central America. This forest is characterized by a marked difference between the rainy and dry seasons, when it looses most of its leaves. In the coastal sector the red mangrove predominates as well as other species of mangrove vegetation of Costa Rica.

In Santa Rosa there are different species of mammals; such as the white-tailed deer, howler monkey, white-faced monkey, and coatis. It’s the magpie that predominates the species of birds.

Visitors may also enjoy the beaches: Naranjo, Playa Blanca, Santa Elena Bay and El Hachal Bay, located in the Murciélago sector and Nancite, very important for the Mesoamerican Pacific for the spawning of the Olive Ridley turtle. Due to its ecological characteristics, access is restricted.

Services offered: Potable water, look-out, camping area, restrooms, general information, trails, biological station, meals service, conference rooms and lodging for researchers.

To visit the Nancite sector a prior reservation is required. There is a camping area, restrooms, potable water, trails, lunch area and lodging for researchers.