Costa Rica National Parks / Reserves

Lora Verde - original Watercolor <br>by J. Malek 61 x 42.5 cm
Lora Verde - original Watercolor
by J. Malek 61 x 42.5 cm
Over a quarter of Costa Rica consists of protected areas that are composed of National Parks, National Reserves, Natural Refuges, Absolute National Reserves, Wildlife Refuges, Marine Sanctuaries, Conservation Areas and Biological Reserves.  If you are looking for a place with unspoiled natural wonders, Costa Rica has it!

It was in 1970 that Costa Rica developed the National Parks System.   Because of this, the parks and reserves are home to over 200 mammals, including six species of felines - jaguar, ocelot, margay, puma, jaguarundi and tiger cats.   There are 857 species of bird, 11,000 insects and over 9,000 species of plants, including 1,200 beautiful verities of orchids and many trees.   Click on the selection below of almost 70 National Parks and Reserves to begin your adventure.

Our Favorite Parks and Reserves

Coco Island National Park, Pacific Ocean
Bajos del Toro Amarillo Valley, Alajuela
Wildlife Refuge Bolaños Island, Guanacaste
Brasilito Bay, Guanacaste
Extentions of Mountain Brunqueña , Puntarenas
Road with Coco Palmtrees, Limón
River Basin Estrella, Limón
Fraijanes Laguna Recreational Park, Alajuela
Garza Bay, Guanacaste
Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve, Limón
Hule Lagoon, Alajuela
River Basin of Jesús María River, Puntarenas
Hot Water Springs La Marina, , Alajuela
La Paz Waterfalls, Alajuela
La Selva Biological Station, Limón
Biological Center Las Quebradas, San José
Geotermal Project Miravalles, Guanacaste
Pelado Peak, Guanacaste
Reventazón, Valley, Cartago
Lagoon River Cuarto, , Alajuela
River Basin of Sábalo River, Guanacaste
River Basin of Térraba River, Puntarenas

GUANACASTE NATIONAL PARKS / CONSERVATION AREAS

Santa Rosa National Park
Rincón de la Vieja Rosa National Park
Santa Rosa National Park
Las Baulas National Marine Park
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
Liberia River Canyon

TEMPISQUE NATIONAL PARKS / CONSERVATION AREAS

Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve
Palo Verde National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Guayabo, Negritos y de los Pájaros Islas Biological Reserves
Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Cabo Blanco Absolute Wildlife Refuge
Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Iguanita National Wildlife Reserve
Riverino Zapandí Palustrine Wetlands
Taboga Forest Reserve
Laguna Madrigal Wetlands
Corral de Piedra Wetlands
Mata Redonda Lagoon National Wildlife Refuge
Vista al Mar Peak and National Forest Wildlife Reserve Diriá
Río Cañas Palustrine Wetlands
Camaronal National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area Cerro La Cruz
Protected Area Nosara
Protected Area Península Nicoya
Protected Area Abangares
Nicolás Wessberg Absolute Natural Reserve

CENTRAL VALLEY VOLCANO CORDILLERA CONSERVATIONS AREAS

Chirripó National Park
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Guayabo National Monument
Volcán Irazú National Park
Protected Area La Selva
Volcano Poás National Park
Bosque Alegre National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area Río Toro
Protected Area el Chayote
Forest Reserves of Grecia
Forest Reserves of the Central Cordillera Volcánica
Protected Area of the River Grande
Protected Area Cerros de La Carpintera
Protected Area Río Tiribí
Forest Reserve Rubén Torres Rojas
Wetlands Lacustrino Bonilla-Bonillita
Volcán Turrialba National Park
Protected Area Cerro Atenas
Lancaster Gardens, Cartago

TORTUGUERO LOWLANDS NATIONAL PARKS / CONSERVATION AREAS

Tortuguero National Park
Barra de Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area Tortuguero
Protected Areas Aquíferos de Guácimo y Pococí
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC FRIENDSHIP CONSERVATION AREAS

Biological Reserve The Friendship Park
Cahuita National Park
National Wildlife Refuge Gandoca-Manzanillo
Protected Area Banano River Basin
Protected Area Pacuare
Barbilla National Park
Cariari National Wetlands
Pacuare-Matina Forest Reserve
Limoncito National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area of Navarro and Sombrero rivers
Protected Area Tuis River Basin
Protected Area Las Tablas
San Vito Wetlands
Laguna del Paraguas Palustrine Wetlands


PENINSULA OSA NATIONAL PARKS / CONSERVATION AREAS

Piedras Blancas National Park (Esquinas Rainforest)
Marino Ballena National Park
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
Corcovado National Park
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands
Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve
Piedras Blancas National Park
Pejeperro-Pejeperrito Palustrine Wetlands


CENTRAL PACIFIC NATIONAL PARKS / CONSERVATION AREAS

Carara National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
Protected Area Tivives
Protected Area El Rodeo
Protected Area Cerros de Escazú
Protected Area Caraigres
Protected Area Cerros de Turrubares
Fernando Castro Cervantes National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area Cerros de La Cangreja
Protected Area Cerro Nara
Los Santos Forest Reserves
Protected Area Montes de Oro
Finca Barú del Pacífico National Wildlife Refuge
Portalón National Wildlife Refuge
Cerro Las Vueltas Biological Reserve


ARENAL-TILERÁN Y HUETAR NORTE CONSERVATION AREAS

Arenal Conservation Area
Volcán Arenal and Volcán Tenorio National Park
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
Arenal Lagoon
Protected Area Arenal-Monteverde
Río Tabacón
Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Corredor Fronterizo Costa Rica-Nicaragua National Wildlife Refuge
Peñas Blancas Wildlife Refuge
The Camelias Lagoon National Wildlife Refuge
Protected Area Miravalles
Cerro El Jardín Forest Reserve
Cureña-Cureñita Forest Reserve
Laguna Maquenque Palustrine Wetlands
Tamborcito Palustrine Wetlands


PRIVATE RESERVES AND REFUGES

Zoológico de Aves Wildlife Conservation Park, Private Reserve
Villablanca and Los Angeles Cloud Forest, Private Reserve
Valle Escondido Lodge, Private Reserve
Bosque Eterno de Los Niños, Poco Sol Sector, Private Reserve
Bosques de Chachagua, Private Reserve
Bosque de Paz, Private Reserve
La Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, Private Reserve
Selva Verde Lodge, Private Reserve
La Selva Biological Station, Private Reserve
Curú National Wildlife Refuge, Private Reserve
Tango Mar, Private Reserve
La Ensenada Lodge, Private Wildlife Refuge
Rincón de La Vieja Mountain Lodge, Private Reserve
Monteverde Reserva Biológico de Bosques Nubosos
Savegre Mountain Lodge, Private Reserve
Las Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, (Rainforest of the Austrians) Private Reserve
Rainbow Adventures and Buena Vista Jungle and Beach Lodge, Private Reserve
Tiskita Jungle Lodge, Private Reserve
Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens), Private Reserve
La Amistad Lodge and Rainforest Reserve, Private Reserve
Hacienda Barú, Private National Wildlife Refuge
Avarios del Caribe, Private Wildlife Refuge