COCO ISLAND MARINE CONSERVATION AREA

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1. COCO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

PN Manuel Antonio. Foto: Roberto RamosCoco Island is considered a national laboratory to study the evolution of species, as well as a wonderful place for diving.

The area around the island is rocky with many spectacular waterfalls plunging into the ocean. The coast winds alongside cliffs measuring 600 feet high. Underwater caves abound and the turquoise blue ocean is incredibly clear.

Discovered in1526 by Joan Cabezas, it was a refuge for pirates and seamen in the 17th and 18th centuries who, according to legend, hid valuable treasures like that of William Davies (1864), Benito Bonito the "Espada Sangrienta" (the Bloody Sword) (1869), or from Lima, which consisted of tons of gold bars that would be used on the dome of a church.

These riches have led to more than 500 expeditions, including one by the Costa Rican government, which led to Costa Rica taking over the island on September 15, 1869.

SERVICES OFFERED: General information, potable water, restroom services, lookout points, facilities for scientific research, hiking trails, and diving areas.

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