National Parks in Costa rICA
In Costa Rica there are 32 national parks across the country covering a total area of 13.7% of the country. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Costa Rica's national parks and private reserves, which are well-equipped with hiking trails and rustic paths, ideal for exploring the forest floor. For a bird's eye view, try one of the country's aerial trams or suspension bridges, which promise incredible views, spectacular birdwatching and up close interactions with canopy life. Guided hikes are also an excellent way to enjoy the cloud or rainforest, and trained naturalist guides will help you get the most out of your experience.
RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK
Rincón de la Vieja National Park is located over the Cordillera de Guanacaste, Guanacaste and Alajuela province, 27 km northeast from the city of Liberia.
BARRA DEL COLORADO AND TORTUGUERO NATURAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Tortuguero National Park is located on the Caribbean coast of Limón province, approximately 80km northeast of the city of Limon. It was established by the law No. 5680 of November 17, 1975. It has an area of 18.946.9 hectares in the terrestrial and 52.265 in the marina.
LOMAS BARBUDAL BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
The biological reserve Lomas Barbudal is located in San Ramón de Bagaces, at 15 Km southwest from the city of Bagaces, Guanacaste province. Its creation as a national reserve was by Executive Order No. 16849-MAG, of January 23, 1986. It has an area of 2,279 hectares.
BARRA HONDA NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the Guanacaste province, 22 Km northeast of the city of Nicoya and with an extension of 2.295.5 hectares. Barra Honda National Park was created by the Law No. 5558, on August 20, 1974.
OSTIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
This refugee is located at the stretch of 200 m of beach between Punta India and the mouth of the Nosara River and includes the town of Ostional. This refugee belongs to the Canton of Santa Cruz, Province of Guanacaste.
CABO BLANCO NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the province of Puntarenas, in the south part of the Nicoya Peninsula. It was created by Executive Decree No. 10 of October, 1963. Its extension is 1.172 hectares in the terrestrial and 1.790 hectares in the marina.
GUAYABO, NEGRITOS AND PÁJAROS ISLAND BIOLOGICAL RESERVES
Guayabo Island is located about 8 km south of the Puntarenas Port. The Negritos Island 16.5 km south and Birds Island is 13 km northwest from the Puntarenas Port. The Guayabo and Negritos Island were established as Reserves by the Executive Decree No. 2858-A, of February 28, 1973. Birds Island was created by Executive Decree No. 5963-A, of April 28, 1976. The Guayabo and Negritos Island have and extension of 143.5 hectares and Birds Island 4 hectares.
VOLCÁN IRAZÚ NATIONAL PARK
The Volcán Irazú National Park is located in the Central Volcanic Range, 31 km northeast of the Cartago city. It was created as a Park by the Article No. 6 of the Organic Law No. 1917 of the ICT on July 30, 1955. The National Park Service manages the park since 1970. Its area is 2.309 hectares.
INTERNATIONAL PARK LA AMISTAD
This park is located in the Range of Talamanca, is consider as the largest forest mountain system of the country, cover by unchanged tropical forest, which elevations ranging from 100 meters above sea level; the Kámuk hill with 3.549 meters and the Dúrika hill with 3.280 meters.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEE GANDOCA MANZANILLO
It is located on the Caribbean coast, in the canton of Talamanca, in the province of Limon.
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
The park is located in the Pacific coast, Peninsula de Osa, in the province of Puntarenas. It was established by Executive order No. 5357-A, of October 24, 1975. Has an area of 54.538,9 hectares in the terrestrial zone and 2.400 in the maritime zone.
SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK
Santa Rosa National Park is located in the province of Guanacaste, North Pacific, only 36 Km north of the city of Liberia. It was created by Executive Order No. 1562-A, of March 20, 1972. It has an area of 37.117 land hectares and 78.000 marine hectares.
GUANACASTE NATIONAL PARK
Located in the province of Guanacaste, North Pacific, 36 kilometers north of the Liberia city, was created on June 5,1991 by the Executive Order No. 20516-MIRENEM. It has an area of 32.512 hectares.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE CAÑO NEGRO
The National Wildlife Refuge Caño Negro has an area of 9.940 hectares. It is located in the cantons of Los Chiles and Guatuso of the Province of Alajuela. This refuge protects a sample of the most important wetland areas of our territory, considered of international importance to serve as a habitat for many migratory species, endangered species and species of commercial importance.
PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK
Palo Verde National Park is located in the province of Guanacaste, between the river Bebedero and the river Tempisque; approximately 30 km west from the city of Cañas. It was created by Executive Order No. 11541-A of May 30, 1980 and ratified by Law No. 6831 of December 20, 1982. Has an extension of 16.804 hectares.
COCOS ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the Pacific Ocean at 532 Km from Cabo Blanco in Costa Rica, with southwest direction. It was created by Executive Order No. 8748-A, of June 22, 1978. Has an extension of 2.400 hectares in land and 97.235 in the sea. Guayabo National Monument – It is located in the foothills of Turrialba Volcano, 19km northeast of the city of the same name, in the province of Cartago. It was established by the Law No. 161, of August 29, 1973. Its area is 217.9 hectares.
BALLENA MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Ballena Marine National Park is located on the pacific coast, between Punta Uvita isthmus and Punta Piñuela, in the district Cortés, of the canton of Osa, province of Puntarenas. It was created by Executive Order No. 19441-MIRENEM, of December 14, 1989. The park has a land area of 110 land hectares and 5.375 marine hectares.
CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the province of Limon, caribbean coast, 42 km south of the city of Limon. It was created by Executive Order No. 1236-A, of September 7, 1970, (under the name of Cahuita National Monument).
ISLA DEL CAÑO BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve is located in the Pacific Ocean, in front of the Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula, about 15 km offshore of San Pedrillo post. It was established through the Law No. 6215, March 9, 1978 with an extensión of 200 land hectares and 2.700 marine hectareas.
POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
Poas Volcano National Park is on the Central Volcanic Range, 37 miles north of the city of Alajuela. It was established on January 25, 1971 by Law No. 4714. Its area is 5.600 hectares.
MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
This wilderness area is located on the Pacific coast of the Puntarenas province. It is located about 157 km south of the San José city by road and 7 km south of the city of Quepos. It was created by Law No. 5100, of November 15, 1972. Has an extension of 682.7 land hectares and 55.000 marine hectares.
BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK
It is located in the northeast of the Central Valley, on the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, between the massifs of the Poas and Irazu volcanoes. This park includes the volcanoes Barva and Cacho Negro, extending from the Alto de la Palma (Moravia) until the Biological Station la Selva (Sarapiquí). It was created by the Law No. 8357-A, of April 5, 1978. Its extension is 45.899.2 hectares.
CARARA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
The reserve is located in the Pacific, in the borders of the River Grande de Tárcoles, southeast of the Province of Puntarenas. Its creation came with the Executive Order No. 8491-Á from April 27, 1978. It has an area of 4.700 hectares.
Arenal Volcano National Park - our most active volcano
Barra Honda National Park - explore the limestone caves
Braulio Carrillo National Park - just an hour from San Jose
Cahuita National Park - beaches, scuba and coral reefs
Chirripo National Park - the tallest mountain in Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park - the jewel of the Osa Peninsula
Guanacaste National Park - the largest tropical dry forest
Irazu Volcano National Park - overlook into the volcano crater
La Amistad International Park - a world biosphere project
Las Baulas National Marine Park - leatherback turtles at Tamarindo
Manuel Antonio National Park - beaches and wildlife
Ostional Wildlife Refuge - Olive Ridley turtles nesting site
Palo Verde National Park - birdwatcher's heaven
Piedras Blancas National Park - rainforest biodiversity
Poas Volcano National Park - the most visited park in Costa Rica
Rincon de la Vieja National Park - hot springs and mineral baths
Tapanti National Park - the place to spot a quetzal
Tortuguero National Park - famous sea turtle conservation
Turrialba Volcano National Park - the largest volcano craters
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