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National Parks in Costa Rica

There are 28 National Parks in Costa Rica and we are going to explain about best of them here. Costa Rica, which means Rich Coast. Coasts of the Costa Rica are really rich nature, air, water and sand. Costa Rica is well-known for its stunning treasure of natural life, plenty of biodiversity which ultimately make it one of the favorite destinations of nature lovers who came here from world over around the year.

Natural Treasure

And luckily, because of small size of Costa Rica, this natural treasure can be easily accessed by all visitors during their vacations. However, with nearly 30% of the country designated as environmentally saved land this is little difficult  to figure out which of the 28 National Parks you must enjoy in to your Costa Rica vacations. Choosing among the various Costa Rica’s national parks may not be an easy task; however, below are the best 5 national parks explained.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The dense and thick blanket of Monteverde Cloud Forest is spread over 10,000 hectares of land and is one of the most famous protected regions of Costa Rica. Its mysterious atmosphere, ethereal, astonishing mountaintop views and a huge collection of exotic, however sometimes elusive, wildlife are few of the best characteristics of this park.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is owned by Tropical research Center, which is a private and non-profit organization. The region has over 10 km of trails with marked routes of different lengths. The access to trails is very easy as trails are very well-maintained, however bring your sturdy boots whenever you come here as the paths do get muddy throughout the year.

Bird-Watching Destination

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a renowned bird-watching destination worldwide as the forest is home to hundreds of bird species. It is mainly popular for its most dazzling inhabitant, the gorgeous quetzal, though sightings of this shy bird are quite uncommon. Mammals like sloth, guinea-pig and howler monkeys are also found here.
During your visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, you can stay at the nearby town Santa Elena.  Santa Elena has sufficient restaurants and hotels to cater for the region’s popularity. to secure the availability of the room you must consider booking online in advance so as you are not disappointed at the eleventh hour.

Corcovado National Park

While on Costa Rica vacation if you are looking for your own private space and peace and real freedom from disruption then Corcovado National destination is best among the National Parks in Costa Rica. Located on the remote Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National destination is an ideal destination spot for you.

One of the most isolated parks of Costa Rica. You can arrive Corcovado National destination by taking a flight followed by boat travel. Corcovado National Park is home to over 40,000 hectares of protected land consisting of 13 different ecosystems.

Real Natural Gem

Corcovado National destination is the only major lowland tropical forests in the world and undoubtedly this national park is a real natural gem. It is home to  number of species comprising of pumas, jaguars, crocodiles, sloth, tapirs, giant anteaters and various species of monkey.

Overall, Corcovado National Park is a sanctuary with around 500 tree species, 400 kinds of birds, 140 different species of mammal and over 100 kinds of reptiles and amphibians. Alongside, the entire regions under visited serenity, increases the probability of actually seeing few of these beings is much higher than anywhere else.

Corcovado National Park is called the most biologically intense place on earth.

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is almost equally isolated as Corcovado National Park, however it is situated several hundred kilometers away on the far northern side of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.

Tortuguero National Park is spread on 32,000 hectares of land and possesses some strange geography. The semi-marine ambience is made up of interconnected rivers, lagoons and man made canals. Adding to it, there are also dense mangrove swamps, marshes and sandy beaches, thus makes it a perfect home for a large concentration of exotic wildlife.

Green Sea Turtles

Well, the regions most popular inhabitants are the female green sea turtles. They mainly return on the land to lay their eggs before returning back to the ocean. This entire event is a main attraction and you can definitely have a glimpse of it visiting the beaches and witness the gathering of the turtle’s epic annual voyage.


Apart from turtle watching, Tortuguero presents waterways for that perfect boat trips and spot few of the regions wildlife, like spider monkeys, sloth, Capuchins, manatees and vast number of bird species.

Most of the visitors prefer to stay within some jungle-style lodges at the national park . However, you can also choose to stay in some hotel in the nearby Tortuguero village, from where you can take trip into the park.

Cahuita National Park

Marching towards the south Costa Rica, you will finally land in an accessible part of the country, a region which is under a lot of Caribbean influence, mainly in the bustling town of  Puerto Viejo.

Cahuita, a nearby village is home to this small however attractive reserve, Cahuita National Park. This long and narrow park runs along the coast located south of Cahuita and is featured by its dense, tropical vegetation, with pristine blue water of the Caribbean coast and beautiful coconut palms scattered all over the white sands.

Sloth, Herons and Monkeys

The reserve is home to sloth, herons and howler monkeys. Well, bold capuchins are favorites of visitors. The visitors love to capture them in their cameras. Feeding the animals in this park is strictly prohibited as this can disturb the delicate balance of the weak ecosystem.

Reaching here should not be a problem at all as it is the most accessible parks in whole of Costa Rica and can prove to be pleasant day hike from the Cahuita. The beautiful beaches and warm waters perfect for enjoying swimming however are careful about dangerous riptides. Snorkeling is another popular activity here but access is only given with an official guide.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is another more accessible and protected regions of Costa Rica and is located some hours from San Jose.

It presents a magnificent arrangement of tropical forests, ocean views and secluded beaches. It is definitely one of the most gorgeous parks in Costa Rica, which makes it one of the busiest parks of the country.

However, the huge volume of wildlife and scenic ambience for hiking, swimming and snorkeling are some reasons that makes it a favorite destination worldwide.

A visit to this beautiful park will present you sightings of the monkey population. If lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of armadillos, sloths, snakes and iguanas.

The park operates from the town of Quepos and several hotels/lodges to help you in accommodation. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most beautiful and most-visited parks of Costa Rica. January to March is the best season to visit the park.

Give a visit to National Parks in Costa Rica, a vacation to be remembered for the life time. The visit will make you feel near to nature and peace.

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