ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 10 Costa Rica National Parks

Updated on August 8, 2014

Costa Rica Travel Destinations-Best Costa Rica National Parks

Costa Rica is a tiny country which is situated in Central America bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. The country is rich in biodiversity featuring one of the the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. Costa Rica has over 25 national parks, here is a list of the top 10.

1-Manuel Antonio National Park


Manuel Antonio National Park is a small natonal which is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica near the city of Quepos. Its is one of the most popular destination in Costa Rica receiving as many as 150,000 visitors annually. The park is known for its stunning beaches and diverse wildlife, Here you'll spot sloths, Mantled Howler monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, and White-headed Capuchin monkeys.Also the area is rich with marine life.

2-Corcovado National Park


Corcovado National Park is situated in the Southwest part of Costa Rica on the OSA Peninsula which is an area that is extremely rich in biodiversity. According to National Geographic , the park is "the most biologically intense place on the planet,". Here you'll find jaguars,crocodiles, caymans, tapir, macaws, spider monkeys, white faced capuchin monkeys, white nosed coati to name just a few. This is definitely one the best parks in Costa Rica to spot wildlife and is a popular ecotourism destination. Because of its isolation and inaccessibility, the park remains largely undisturbed.

3-Tortuguero National Park


Tortuguero National Park is located on the the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and is known for it's canal system.The park is abundant with wildlife like sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, caymans, toucans, macaw, lizards and frogs.The beaches are prime nesting grounds for the Green and Leatherback turtles. This is one of the top parks to view wildlife and can be only reached by small plane or river boat.

4-Arenal Volcano National Park


Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the Tilarán and Guanacaste mountain region of Costa Rica. The park features two volcanoes, the 5,357-foot (1,633-meter) Arenal Volcano and the 3,740-foot (1,140-meter) Chato Volcano. While the Arenal Volcano is still active, at certain times lava flows can be seen. The Chato Volcano is inactive and has a collapsed crater that contains a picture-perfect lagoon. This is an amazing area of the country to explore for it's spas and and for the many outdoor adventure activities that are available.

5-Poas Volcano National Park


Poás Volcano National Park covers an area of 16,000 acres and features Poás Volcano which is still quite active with frequent small geyser and lava eruptions.The summit of the Poás Volcano is 8,900 feet (2,700 m). and is composed of a large crater which is 950 feet deep. This is a very popular tourist destination as it is close to the capital city of San Jose..

6-Cocos Island National Park


Cocos Island is an uninhabited island which is located in the Pacific Ocean roughly 550 kms(340 mi) off the shore of Costa Rica. The island is rich in marine life and features a large population of Hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other marine species. Because of this,Cocos Island National Park was designated an UNESCO World Heritage SIte in 1997. The island is also a top scuba diving destination and is considered a "must-do" for any serious scuba divers.

7-Braulio Carrillo National Park


Braulio Carrillo National Park features rugged mountains, dormant volcanoes, deep canyons and rivers. The parks has five life zones ranging from tropical wet to cloud forest and is home to more than 500 species of birds, and 135 species of mammals including hundreds of butterfly species,howler and capuchin monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, deer, and quetzals.


8-Chirripó National Park


Chirripó National Park is located in the middle portion of the Talamanca Range of Costa Rica and is home to Cerro Chirripó, which at 3820m (12,538 ft), is the highest mountain in Costa Rica. The park is popular with hikers both locals and tourists who come to climb the mountain as Chirripó is one the prominent peaks in the world.

9-Irazú Volcano National Park


The main attraction to Irazú Volcano National Park is the still active Irazú Volcano whose distinctive crater is unusual greenish yellow coloring .

10-Cahuita National Park


Cahuita National Park is located on theCaribbean side of Costa Rica. The park is comprised of many undeveloped beaches and attracts tourists who come to scuba dive and snorkel in the protected marine area which contains the Coralline Reefs. The Coralline Reefs are rich in marine life and is home to many species of coral, molluscs, crustaceans and fish.

Thanks for Visiting - Whats your favorite Costa Rican National Park

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Senora M profile image

      Senora M 

      6 years ago

      I went to Arenal on my honeymoon. Cool lens! *blessed*


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)