General info
Bolanos Island Wildlife Refuge
Santa Rosa National Park
Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve
Palo Verde National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Penas Blancas National Wildlife Refuge
Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros Biological Reserve
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Carara Biological Reserve
Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park
Cano Island Biological Reserve
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
Corcovado National Park
Coco Island National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Braulio Carillo National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument
Tapanti National Park
Chirripo National Park
Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
Cano Negro National Reserve
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge
Guanacaste National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Ballena National Sea Park
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Las Baulas National Park
Esquinas National Park
Cipanci National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
La Cangreja National Park
Diria National Park
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Cahuita National Park

(1.067 ha). It`s situated in Atlantic coast, in Limon province, 42 kilometres southeast of the city of Limon. Within its boundaries, there is a cape Cahuita, in front of which, in the sea is formed the biggest coral reef in Costa Rica. It`s shaped in small atoll with well formed back and inside lagoon. The reef is composed of 240 ha of subwater formation made up of 30 coral species, which shelter over 5.000 fish species and 1.000 species of seaweeds. In the coral reef, two shipwreckages from XVIII century are stuck. One of them stands for two and the second one for 13 cannons on boards.

The dense tropical foliage and marshes are home to pacas, green iguanas, basilisks, yellow-crowned night herons, racoons, white-faced monkeys, frigatebirds, green ibis, blue herons, opossums, three-toed slothes, agoutis, armadillos.

In 2001 the Ministry of the Environment, the National Park Foundation, and Nature Conservancy paid some $395,000 to former owners of land in the park. The payments is part of an effort to compensate the former owners of land that is now part of national parks.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski