costa rica national parks

The rise of eco-tourism in Costa Rica can be attributed to the country's foresight in protecting their natural resources. More than 25% of the country's territory is under some level of protection, and biologists and scientists from all over the world are welcomed to the country to help in conservation efforts.

National parks in Costa Rica range rrom volcanoes to rain forests, cloud forests, marine reserves and more. Costa Rica's diverse ecosystems are home to more than 5% of the biodiversity on the planet, despite its small size. A trip to the jungle or hike around an active volcano offers an educational and unforgettable touch to your Costa Rica vacation.
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popular national parks in costa rica

Below are some of the most-visited National Parks in Costa Rica to help you plan your trip. If you are not sure where to get started, a local travel expert from Nature Vacations can help you plan a Costa Rica eco-vacation.

manuel antonio

Popular for its close vicinity to San Jose, its mixture of rain forest and beach, and its friendly white-faced monkey inhabitants.


This massive oceanfront reserve on the Osa Peninsula is home to jaguars, 4 monkey species and too many plants and animals to count!


Step into a water-world in this region traversed by canals and rivers, home to nesting sea turtles, manatees and tropical marine birds.

rincon de la vieja

Find yourself in a Jurassic-park-esque setting before an active volcano within thousands of acres of undeveloped forests.


This iconic volcano has attracted adventure outfitters, spas, and hot spring resorts to its flank, ready to pamper sports junkies and luxury travelers alike.