Created in 1963, Cabo Blanco is the oldest wilderness area to be protected in Costa Rica. Cabo Blanco protects mainly colonies of seabirds and coastal dry tropical forest at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
This small reserve is located near the Tarcoles River. Its transition forest, between the dry tropical forest of the northwest and the humid rainforest of the southern Pacific, is home to many different species of animals and plants. Carara is one of the most important nesting sites for endangered Scarlet Macaws.
One of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks is also one of its smallest. Manuel Antonio National Park is a favorite destination for its white sandy beaches, rocky points, turquoise coves, rainforests, and abundant wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys, a unique endangered species of squirrel monkey,
Hacienda Baru is an 800-acre national wildlife refuge located by the beach town of Dominical on the Pacific Coast. It encompasses a variety of habitats, from wetlands and secondary rainforests in lowlands to primary rainforest on a high coastal ridge. Despite its small area, 212 species of birds have been identified here,