Protected Areas


in Guanacaste

Protected Areas in Guanacaste

Volcán Tenorio

This park is located in the volcanic mountain range in Guanacaste and is home to lowland mountain rain forests, tropical wet forest, and the very wet premontane forest. Its highest point measures 6,289 ft. above sea level.

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Barra Honda

This park is located around 12 miles northeast of Nicoya. It measures some 5,000 acres and protects an important geological resource, which is a system of caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations. The Barra Honda Peak is 1,476 ft.

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This park is located in Santa Cruz and is home to a system of wetlands and more than 3,000 acres of forest. Two-thousand feet up are primarily Evergreen species, with moss and giant bromeliads.

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This park is around 70,000 acres and is home to the Orosi and Cacao Volcanoes, which are its main attractions. There are three main areas Maritza, Pitilla, and Cacao, which are described below: The Marita area measures 2,132 ft.

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Las Baulas

The park’s main attraction is the Leatherback Sea Turtle nesting, which is the largest such nesting ground in the world, and the sea turtle itself is an endangered species that is protected in Costa Rica.

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Palo Verde

Palo Verde National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in Costa Rica.

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Volcán Rincón de La Vieja

This national park is where the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is located. There are two 31,000 acre areas: Las Pilas and Santa Maria.

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Santa Rosa

Here, there are various beaches, such as the Hachal, Danta, Coquito, Santa Elena, and Blanca as well as a lookout point and trails. The Santa Rosa Park is home to the most famous dry tropical forest in Central America.

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