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

Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa National Park

(82.027 ha), (1972). It`s situated on Santa Elena peninsula, in Guanacaste province, 45 kilometres off Liberia. It`s devided into two parts: Santa Rosa and Murcielagos sectors. It`s a major historic site in Costa Rica. There are the ranch house which dates from the colonial period, was the scene of the victorious battle fought on 20th March, 1856 against troops of filibusters (In May 2001 it was completely destroyed by fire).

There is so called: Naked Indian Route" (its name derives from lining along it the gumbo-limbo trees, that locally are called "naked indians"). In park there are 115 mammal species (white-tailed deer, white-nosed coatri, howler and white-faced monkeys, collared peccary, jaguars, tapirs), 100 species of amphibians and reptails, 253 species of birds (black hawks) and over 10.000 species of insects.

Olive ridley, hawksbill, green and letherback turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of the park. Nancite Beach on the Santa Elena Peninsula is used by the olive ridley turtles from August to December when they arrive in massive numbers.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski