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

Coco Island National Park

Coco Island National Park

(2.400 ha), (1980). It`s situated 548 kilometres off the pavcific coast of Costa Rica. It`s considered as the biggest uninhabited island in the world. It`s called the "bunch of flowers in the middle of the ocean". On December 1997 it was declared by UNESCO The World Heritage Site. It was emerged 2 millions tears back and in 1526 was discovered. In 1542 it for the first time appeared on the map.

During the XVII and XVIII centuries, it was a heaven for pirates and corsairs, who thrived along the Pacific coast of Spanish America, and a hiding place for valuable treasures, such as the Lima Booty, which consisted of tonnes of gold and silver ingots, sheets of gold that had covered church domes and sacred articles, ornaments and religious statuary. There are two other treasures buried on the island, one belonging to William Davies, who hid his between 1684-1685, and the other to Benito Bonito, who hid his in 1819. In 1955 there come the american expedition which promised to fund the Costa Rican television if they find the treasure.

The vegetations consists of evergreen forests. Identification has been made of 87 birds species, among which therer are Cocos island cuckoo, the Cocos islandflycatcher, and the Cocos island finch. The highest point in the island is Cerro Yglesias (634 metres above sea level) that is covered by Cloud forests

The coral reefs that surrounds the island include 18 species of corals. The blue transparent water teems with over 300 species of fish and there are numerous sharks, especially the giant hammerheads and white-tipped sharks.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski