NATIONAL PARKS TOURS WORLDWIDE

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NATIONAL PARKS OF COSTA RICA

 

Welcome to NATIONAL PARKS WORLDWIDE with the national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas of all countries of the world. National parks are the prime locations of wild and untamed nature; in many countries they are the most exiting places to visit, if you can find them. This website is your first help for getting to the national parks of Costa Rica. In many developing countries, the protected areas are still difficult to get to. That is the reason why local travel agencies are often reluctant to take you there, while others have their own agenda, favoring a lodge in a private reserve with insignificant forest or nature. And yet, with the proper knowledge, transportation and gear, visiting national parks is usually relatively affordable, provided that you don't expect 5 star accommodations.

 

On this pages you find a list of Costa Rica's protected areas. Criteria for the selection of National Parks of Costa Rica include natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems, and recreational opportunities. Enjoy planning your vacation in Costa Rica.

 

National Parks of Costa Rica

For their lasting conservation, protected areas need a lot of visitation, something that is lacking in developing countries. In order to promote visitation to national parks, we created this website. The accuracy of our list varies considerably per country and is still incomplete for most countries of the world, but we are continuously working on improving them. As the lack of visitation continues to be one of the prime drawbacks for their conservation, we decided - after long hesitation - to organize national parks tours that are guaranteed to take you to the best national parks of each country, one country at the time. Currently we offer fantastic National Park tours to Ecuador , Peru, Ethiopia India and Uganda.

Area

Management type

Size in ha

Marine

IUCN category

Ownership

Lat

Lon

Established on

Volcán Rincón de la Vieja

Cloud Forest Site

14083

0.56000000000

35.78000000000

1/1/1949

Finca Humberto Jimenez

Private Reserve

157

-1.68000000000

37.28000000000

1/1/1955

Los Arce

Private Reserve

168

1.11000000000

36.78000000000

1/1/1936

Bosque Nublado de Monteverde

Private Reserve

10500

-1.71000000000

37.53000000000

1/1/1960

Los Santos

Forest Reserve

60700

-1.73000000000

37.30000000000

1/1/1960

Juan Castro Blanco

National Park

14258

-1.80000000000

37.38000000000

1/1/1960

Jaguarandi

National Wildlife Refuge

0

0.46000000000

35.78000000000

1/1/1949

Las Tablas

Protective Zone

19602

-1.70000000000

37.33000000000

1/1/1933

Laguna Las Camelias

National Wildlife Refuge

0

-1.76000000000

37.53000000000

1/1/1960

Conte-Burica

Anthropological Reserve

11910

-0.90000000000

36.53000000000

1/1/1980

La Ceiba

National Wildlife Refuge

0

Y

II

Public - National

-3.35078800000

40.07163500000

1/1/1968

La Selva

Protective Zone

2815

Y

II

Public - National

-3.35585500000

39.96645900000

1/1/1968

Miravalles

Protective Zone

12416

Y

VI

-4.06053900000

39.77792500000

1/1/1986

Palustrino Corral De Piedra

Protective Zone

2490

Y

VI

Public - National

-4.69214500000

39.40953900000

1/1/1978

Cuenca Río Tuis

Protective Zone

4095

Y

VI

-1.89637300000

41.33811500000

1/1/1979

Lacustrino Pejeperrito

Protective Zone

0

Y

VI

Public - National

-4.35351800000

39.58401700000

1/1/1993

Bahía Junquillal

National Wildlife Refuge

498

II

3.96070800000

36.34274100000

1/1/1973

Lacustrino Bonilla Bonillita

Protective Zone

20

II

3.48962100000

36.03910300000

1/1/1983

Nicolás Weesberg

Strict Nature Reserve

62

II

1.09265500000

34.69395200000

1/1/1968

Palo Verde

National Park

16804

II

-0.12811600000

37.34911600000

1/1/1949

Pejeperro

Protective Zone

500

II

-0.65807000000

34.29546300000

1/1/1983

Piedras Blancas

National Park

14100

II

-2.77884200000

38.77168500000

1/1/1948

Península de Nicoya

Protective Zone

9000

II

-2.66860600000

37.81895900000

1/1/1983

Ostional

National Wildlife Refuge

320

II

2.64047700000

36.59104700000

1/1/1983

Pacuare Matina

Reserva Forestal

415

II

0.09367800000

38.20827000000

1/1/1966

Río Grande

Protective Zone

1500

II

-0.20884400000

38.73635100000

1/1/1989

Río Navarro y Río Sombrero

Protective Zone

6440

II

-1.37337500000

36.85884400000

1/1/1946

Río Pacuare

Forest Reserve

13060

II

-0.92146900000

36.47637000000

1/1/1983

Peñas Blancas

National Wildlife Refuge

2400

II

Public - National

-0.38024700000

36.69937400000

1/1/1950

Acuíferos Guácimo y Pococí

Protective Zone

4270

II

-0.91587800000

36.31350500000

1/1/1984

Camaronal

National Wildlife Refuge

220

II

2.33880600000

37.94062200000

1/1/1949

Cerro Atenas

Protective Zone

900

II

1.86219400000

35.73913600000

1/1/1979

Marino Ballena

National Park

4200

VI

0.69062500000

35.63030800000

1/1/1983

Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste

National Park

400

II

0.64332300000

37.83477800000

1/1/1974

Matambú

Anthropological Reserve

1710

II

0.61820800000

37.53023700000

1/1/1985

Lomas de Barbudal

Biological Reserve

2279

II

0.29036400000

34.85516300000

1/1/1985

Hitoy-Cerere

Biological Reserve

9154

II

-1.49011500000

35.14413500000

1/1/1974

Manuel Antonio

National Park

682

II

-4.25740700000

39.38794500000

1/1/1968

Río Toro

Protective Zone

4389

VI

-1.43798500000

40.16000000000

1/1/1974

Nairi Awari

Anthropological Reserve

4820

VI

1.59923700000

37.60552500000

1/1/1976

Aviarios del Caribe

National Wildlife Refuge

0

II

1.84396100000

35.39119700000

1/1/1979

Río Macho

Forest Reserve

69604

II

0.56024300000

37.60096900000

1/1/1985

Arenal

National Park

12010

VI

0.08627400000

38.40742600000

1/1/1979

Guayabo

National Monument (Monumento Naciona)

217

VI

0.09691700000

38.92059400000

1/1/1976

Cerro El Jardín

Forest Reserve

2650

VI

-0.29307100000

38.50578200000

1/1/1979

Cerro La Cruz

Protective Zone

200

VI

-2.64682500000

38.27040600000

1/1/1976

Cerro Nara

Protective Zone

2280

Y

VI

-1.56799300000

41.31488000000

1/1/1976

Cerros de la Carpintera

Protective Zone

2407

VI

-1.81779200000

38.78643400000

1/1/1979

Barra del Colorado

National Wildlife Refuge

92000

II

-1.89986100000

40.11859500000

1/1/1976

Cerro Dantas

National Wildlife Refuge

0

Y

VI

-1.83873900000

41.13650300000

1/1/1976

Cerro de La Cangreja

Protective Zone

1937

II

0.24140600000

36.13731200000

1/1/1970

Transilvania

National Wildlife Refuge

0

IV

-3.50000000000

39.50000000000

1/1/1979

Cordillera Volcánica Central

Forest Reserve

61541

IV

-0.50000000000

35.50000000000

1/1/1961

Coto Brus

Anthropological Reserve

7500

UA

51.56000000000

-0.16000000000

1/1/1990

Río Tiribí

Protective Zone

650

Private

-2.21000000000

38.18000000000

Gandoca-Manzanillo

National Wildlife Refuge

9449

Private

-2.55000000000

37.61000000000

Cerros de Turrubares

Protective Zone

2340

Private

0.20000000000

37.03000000000

Chirripó

National Park

51641

Private

0.18000000000

36.61000000000

Barbilla

National Park

12098

Private

-2.05000000000

37.56000000000

Volcán Tenorio

National Park

12819

Private

-1.33000000000

36.91000000000

Barra Honda

National Park

2325

Private

-0.38000000000

36.83000000000

Volcán Poás

National Park

5600

Ia

48.73725600000

85.76003100000

1/1/1976

Limoncito

National Wildlife Refuge

1056

Ia

43.12767400000

77.36182300000

1/1/1964

Arenal-Monteverde

Protective Zone

27059

Private

-0.30000000000

36.65000000000

Playa Hermosa

Protective Zone

400

Ia

42.31125200000

70.60128000000

1/1/1926

Archie Carr

National Wildlife Refuge

47

Private

-3.20000000000

38.46000000000

1/1/1993

Bajo Chirripó

Anthropological Reserve

16950

Private

-1.68000000000

37.18000000000

Braulio Carrillo

National Park

48158

Private

0.58000000000

36.40000000000

Cabo Blanco

Strict Nature Reserve

1172

42.48598600000

79.11324300000

Cacyra

National Wildlife Refuge

0

42.45986900000

78.62084500000

Caraigres

Protective Zone

3400

UA

51.28000000000

-0.11000000000

1/1/1987

Cerro Las Vueltas

Biological Reserve

1300

40.62926000000

75.28614900000

Rincón de la Vieja

National Park

14083

40.47882400000

73.21912000000

Bosque Alegre

National Wildlife Refuge

843

42.34059200000

75.88506900000

Bosque Nacional Diriá

National Wildlife Refuge

2800

Y

Ib

75.61873000000

-58.53655900000

1/1/1977

Guaymí de Osa

Anthropological Reserve

2703

Y

Ib

75.63446600000

-58.34007300000

1/1/1977

Golfito

National Wildlife Refuge

2810

V

13.21658100000

104.84648900000

1/1/1993

Golfo Dulce

Forest Reserve

67287

5.22237800000

23.27572100000

La Cureña

Forest Reserve

6307

II

2.92196900000

16.44036000000

1/1/1990

Rio Casas

Protective Zone

660

II

2.92196900000

16.44036000000

1/1/1990

Carara

National Park

5312

V

14.02345900000

104.52057800000

1/1/1993

Alberto Manuel Brenes

Biological Reserve

7683

V

14.37897400000

104.68872700000

1/1/1993

Iguanita

National Wildlife Refuge

100

IV

12.09878900000

106.68821100000

1/1/1993

Isla del Caño

Biological Reserve

200

IV

11.92149400000

104.08454900000

1/1/1993

Aguabuena

National Wildlife Refuge

0

IV

12.26154000000

102.97485800000

1/1/1994

Islas Negritos

Biological Reserve

0

IV

11.41613700000

103.05975400000

1/1/1993

Grecia

Forest Reserve

2000

IV

11.50858300000

103.09732200000

1/1/1993

Cerros de Escazú

Protective Zone

7060

IV

11.51024900000

103.03508300000

1/1/1993

Costa Esmeralda

National Wildlife Refuge

0

II

9.53028000000

21.36576000000

1/1/1933

Taboga

Forest Reserve

296

IV

11.48744100000

103.05574500000

1/1/1993

Kecöuldi

Anthropological Reserve

3538

IV

11.46107600000

103.07566800000

1/1/1993

El Chayote

Protective Zone

847

IV

11.45101000000

103.08319200000

1/1/1993

El Rodeo

Protective Zone

2222

IV

11.45307800000

103.05980800000

1/1/1993

Cuenca del Río Abangares

Protective Zone

4000

IV

11.45123400000

103.10474800000

1/1/1993

Cuenca del Río Banano

Protective Zone

9225

IV

13.31008200000

102.55203700000

1/1/1993

Cuenca del Río Siquirres

Protective Zone

0

IV

13.32344400000

106.92775600000

1/1/1993

Curú

National Wildlife Refuge

75

IV

11.52459000000

103.03161000000

1/1/1993

Ujarrás (Cabécar)

Anthropological Reserve

19040

II

9.53028000000

21.36576000000

1/1/1933

Finca Del Estado

Protective Zone

1920

IV

11.45952000000

103.08920900000

1/1/1993

Finca La Virgen

Other area

1923

IV

11.44640100000

103.07630600000

1/1/1993

Finca Las Delicias

Protective Zone

1380

IV

11.47377400000

103.01785500000

1/1/1993

Nosara

Protective Zone

1825

IV

11.43991200000

103.08643100000

1/1/1993

Islas Guayabo

Biological Reserve

143

IV

11.40256000000

103.05889600000

1/1/1993

Cahuita

National Park

14022

V

35.82713700000

129.35062700000

1/1/1968

Fernando Castro Cervantes

National Wildlife Refuge

1600

V

35.76483400000

129.09357800000

1/1/1968

Tivives

Protective Zone

2368

V

35.85532700000

129.16750600000

1/1/1968

Santa Rosa

National Park

37217

V

35.82568900000

129.16779200000

1/1/1968

Isla Pájaros

Biological Reserve

4

Y

V

34.92896100000

127.89064600000

1/1/1968

Tortuguero

Protective Zone

13000

Y

V

34.71898500000

127.96515200000

1/1/1968

Guatuso

Anthropological Reserve

2723

Y

V

34.90519900000

128.06774400000

1/1/1968

Corcovado

National Park

47563

Y

V

34.74059200000

128.66016600000

1/1/1968

Volcán Turrialba

National Park

0

II

8.58562400000

19.72309000000

1/1/1933

Zapatón

Anthropological Reserve

2855

Y

V

34.61484900000

125.88162400000

1/1/1981

Sierpe Térraba

Reserva Forestal

32960

Ia

Public - State/Provincial

-27.11000000000

-54.80000000000

1/1/1996

Volcán Irazú

National Park

2309

Y

V

34.49142400000

127.78201000000

1/1/1981

Internacional La Amistad

National Park

193929

Y

V

34.04630000000

127.43102400000

1/1/1981

Talamanca Bribrí (Bribrí)

Anthropological Reserve

43690

Y

V

34.18450200000

126.72512100000

1/1/1981

Tamarindo

National Wildlife Refuge

500

Y

V

36.61681900000

126.19161100000

1/1/1978

Caño Negro

National Wildlife Refuge

9969

Y

V

34.77059100000

128.43558400000

1/1/1968

Telire

Anthropological Reserve

16260

Y

V

34.75260100000

127.77544500000

1/1/1968

Tapantí

National Park

6080

Y

V

34.66886000000

125.35300100000

1/1/1981

Térraba

Anthropological Reserve

9350

Y

V

34.42678000000

127.39770600000

1/1/1981

Abrojo - Montezuma

Anthropological Reserve

1480

Y

V

34.25788900000

125.99985900000

1/1/1981

Tayni

Anthropological Reserve

16216

V

37.77335900000

128.60934700000

1/1/1975

Tenorio

Protective Zone

5277

V

36.85059300000

128.20138500000

1/1/1984

Sutubal

Protective Zone

104

V

36.61923500000

127.87696300000

1/1/1970

Werner Sauter

National Wildlife Refuge

0

V

36.95788700000

128.52676600000

1/1/1987

Zona de Emergencia Volcán Arenal

Forest Reserve

5286

V

35.86964600000

127.73196700000

1/1/1970

Cataratas de Cerro Redondo

National Wildlife Refuge

0

V

35.43647100000

126.89213100000

1/1/1972

Montes de Oro

Protective Zone

0

V

37.66948700000

126.98023100000

1/1/1983

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