In 1970 the Costa Rican people wanted their beautiful country to be protected. All so future generations could share its beauty. That year Costa Rica founded the Costa Rica national parks system that is admired around the world. Costa Rica has maintained a higher proportion of its land mass for national parks. Much more than any other country in the world- with 10.27 % protected as national parks by Costa Rican law. An additional 17 % set aside for reserves, wildlife refuges and protected zones.
The Costa Rican government also protects areas of historic and archaeological interest. Pre-Columbian settlement areas and early battlefields are protected with the same fervor as the rainforests and wildlife preserves. Protecting the natural resources of Costa Rica has far-reaching implications because of its amazing biodiversity.
The government National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) established in 1998 protects nearly two hundred conservation areas. Including over 50 wildlife refuges, 32 major national parks, over a dozen forest reserves and a handful of biological reserves. In most cases, access to all of the Costa Rica National Park System and reserve System is inexpensive and readily available, though some are easier to get to than others.
All in all, this program has provided the people of Costa Rica and tourists with an amazing opportunity to admire and examine the wonders of nature. Costa Rica alone has 75% of the Central American Biodiversity. How amazing it is to see such a concentration.
The Rich Coast Playa Carate Costa Rica located near the most southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Don’t be mistaken this is an extremely secluded beach. The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the last areas explored by local ranchers and farmers during the agricultural expansion years. Half of Osa was practically left untouched, and its […]
The Crocodile Bridge Driving towards the Pacific coast is the amazing Tarcoles Bridge over the Tarcoles river. From the bridge, you will see so many crocodiles. Possibly the largest collection of the leathery beasts in all Central America. The river is situated running toward the Pacific coast. It spans 111 kilometers before reaching the final destination. […]
A Must See The world-famous Arenal Volcano is an iconic volcano. Notably the classic conic shape towers above La Fortuna in the Northwest of Costa Rica. Arenal erupted in 1968 after years of being dormant. Currently, it’s one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica. It was dormant for hundreds of years […]
Welcome To Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is both home to the fantastic Manuel Antonio National Park and a great tourist destination located on the Central Pacific Coast. It has some of the best Beaches of Costa Rica. The breathtaking the beauty of this area’s unique landscape attracts hundreds of people every day! […]
Monteverde Costa Rica – Enjoy The Rainforest Monteverde is one of the best destinations in Costa Rica to experience a rainforest. It is also one of the best places to see the splendid Quetzal, there beautifully colorful bird that is so hard to see. In 1951, Quakers settled in Monteverde where they established a dairy farm. […]
Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park – How to Get There Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park located on the northeast Caribbean coast. The stunning National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. The park offers vast, protected beaches from which you can enjoy endless ocean vistas. Regarding places to […]
Corcovado National Park of the Osa Peninsula Corcovado, located in Costa Rica’s South Pacific region. The Bio Diversity found in Corcovado, and the Osa Peninsula surpasses any other similar region on Earth. The forests of Corcovado are very exuberant. Some claim that they are the most valuable forests of the planet. Indeed they are so […]
Drake Bay – Gateway to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Drake Bay, located on the Northern end of the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. While it is a popular destination, it is a difficult place to get to in Costa Rica. Its name, often a topic of conversation, comes from the one who discovered it […]
One of the Largest Craters in the World Poas Volcano is one of the most popular volcanoes in Costa Rica. Mostly because of the proximity to San Jose (approximately an hour and a half). Also, the amazingly dense forest park that surrounds the two craters- making it an oasis close to the city! Poas is […]
Cahuita Costa Rica, National Park Cahuita Costa Rica is a National Park on the Caribbean Coast. It’s located south of the city of Limon and on the road to Puerto Viejo. Although the little town of Cahuita has changed over the last two decades, the beach and National Park remain the same! As a result, the park’s […]
Rincon de la Vieja – A Nature Lover’s Paradise The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is located in Costa Rica’s northern province of Guanacaste. Only an hour from the international airport of Liberia. There is so much to see and do up near the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano that you may want to stay a […]
San Gerardo de Dota is a little jewel hidden away in the rainforest of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the Province of San Jose. With an altitude of 2200 meters, San Gerardo de Dota has a fresh and clean air, plush green rain forest and an incredible biodiversity. Nestled in the valley of the Savegre […]
Ethereal Beauty of the Rio Celeste Costa Rica Endowed with spectacular natural beauty and plenty of wildlife, Rio Celeste Costa Rica is off the typical tourist trail. Created in 1995, Tenorio Volcano National Park is perhaps most famous for its magnificent Rio Celeste (Blue River). A river of turquoise blue waters which winds through the […]
Bahia Ballena Costa Rica – An Unexplored Paradise! The Marino Ballena National Park, created in 1990 for the protection of the coral reefs found around the Isla Ballena. It is also an important sanctuary for seabirds that use it for nesting and green iguanas and basilisk lizards. It is the ideal place to stay when […]
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge – One of the most ecologically diverse sites in Costa Rica Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, composed of 25,100 acres (102 km2) of wetlands. It’s roughly a two-hour drive from La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area. Governed by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), and situated in the North-Central area of Costa […]
Rainforest Adventures There are several rivers flowing in all directions of the region: Rio Pacuare, Tortuguero Canal and of course the Rio Sarapiqui. Guided hikes through the rainforest, canopy tours, aerial trams and butterfly gardens await the milder explorer at heart. Also, if you’re seeking a unique adventure vacation off the beaten path – truly the place for you! Ecolodges […]
Cocos Island, The Galapagos Of Central America Cartographers and Mariners already knew about Cocos Island at the beginning of the sixteenth century; it holds the name Isle des Cocques on an ancient map by Nicholas Desliens made in 1541! The Cocos Island became a National Park in 1978 and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 […]
Braulio Carrillo National Park in Heredia, Costa Rica The protected area covers over 108,000 acres of rolling hills covered with amazingly dense vegetation and beautiful scenery. Braulio Carrillo National Park, located only about eleven miles from San Jose and includes Barva Volcan, an inactive volcano. The highest peak in the park is 9,534 feet. There […]
The name Irazu, derived from the language of the indigenous people and means: thunder” or “place that shakes,” which has been certainly true in the past! It is known by Costa Ricans as “Colossus” because of its 23 recorded eruptions since 1723. Irazu Volcano is now considered stable and dormant and has become the leading […]
Palo Verde National Park Palo Verde National Park is located on the banks of the Tempisque River, in the Nicoya Peninsula. It is one of the best parks for Bird Watching and observing a whole array of wildlife and tropical fauna. It is the meeting area of the largest concentration of aquatic and migratory birds of the […]
Barra Honda National Park – Amazing limestone caves and caverns Barra Honda National Park, located in Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica. It is home to amazing limestone caves and caverns, as well as world-class stalagmites and stalactites. These limestone monuments date back over 70 million years. Only recently discovered. Presently Barra Honda, possess forty-two caverns in the National Park. […]
The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most endangered species of the region. Including the Manatee, the Ocelot and the Jaguar and an exotic variety of birds. Classified as a humid tropical rainforest. It also protects some fantastic mangrove oyster beds that are resting on the […]
La Amistad International Park Costa Rica La Amistad International Park is a joint effort between Costa Rica and Panama. This is why it is also called La Amistad (“Amistad” means “Friendship”) International Park. It borders reach throughout Cordillera de Talamanca, a mountain range over 3800 meters of altitude! This territory too varies in climate, altitude and soil type. […]
Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica Part of the Talamanca Mountain range, Cerro Chirripo is one of the most exciting tours to do in this country! Because of its altitude, the flora and fauna change drastically. During the rainy season, there is sometimes snow on the summit! On clear days, it is possible to see […]
Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica’s Peaceful Paradise Located not far from San Hose, Turrialba is a great stop on your trip. The drive through the old Capitol City of Cartago, through the sugar plantations of Juan Vinas is a life changing experience. Once you arrive at the quaint splendor of Turrialba Volcano, you can feel the […]
Santa Rosa National Park The Santa Rosa National Park is Costa Rica’s first national park. The park was once the setting of the historic battle of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is also an important conservation area for Savannah and deciduous forests, mangroves and many forms of animal life. The park covers approximately 500 square kilometers and is […]
The Tenorio Volcano and Rio Celeste The elusive Puma, as well as various species of monkeys and other mammals, and myriads of birds, insects and spectacular flora inhabit the forest of Tenorio Volcano. The Rio Celeste, meaning Blue River, is what brings people to the area for its brilliant sky blue color thanks to a reaction […]