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

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

(248 ha). It`s situated 63 kilometres to the south from Santa Cruz on Nicoya peninsula. It`s limited by Indiana and Guiones points. It`s devided on two parts by Nosara rives mouth. Consists of Ostional, Nosara and Guiones beaches. The main reason of its creation was protecting birds and turtles. Ostional Beach is a famous place where from July to November olive ridley, letherback and green turtles lay their eggs.

The investigation has been made of 102 species of birds (brown pelicans, frigatebirds, cormorans, spoonbills) and crocodiles, howler and white-faced monkeys, coatis, ctenosaurs and kinkajous. The coast is covered by mangroves and marsches. There are also decidous forests (frangipani, tea mangroves).

It might soon become the destination of hundreds of tourists. This will be so if the developers of a 263-room are allowed to continue with their project. However, several communities in the area and biologists oppose the development, which is considered a threat to wildlife.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski