This national reserve, located south of Limon in the Talamanca Mountain Range, features dense rainforest and many rushing rivers. Its name comes from the indigenous words “hitoy”, which means “wooly”, and “cerere”, which means “clear” – literally meaning a place of clear rivers with thick wooly moss.
Gandoca-Manzanillo is located on the Caribbean Coast south of the town of Puerto Viejo. The refuge contains the only intact red mangrove swamp on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, and the primary lowland rainforest found here is also unique in the region.
This area protects one of the most developed coral reefs of the Caribbean Coast, which is one of the most important in Costa Rica. It also protects a small area of swamp forest and beautiful white sand beaches. The reef consists of 240 hectares (593 acres) around Cahuita Point,
Tortuguero National Park is famous for its channels, waterways and small lagoons that are fed by rivers that flow from the rainy Central Mountain Range and by the ever-present rains along the Caribbean Coast. This area is only accessible by boat or plane. Its long,
Barra del Colorado is located just north of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast and borders Nicaragua to the north. Like Tortuguero, Barra del Colorado consists of channels, lagoons, rivers, river islands, forests, marshes, and small hills. At a massive 91,200 hectares (225,365 acres),