ÁREA DE CONSERVACIÓN PACÍFICO CENTRAL
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Location: On the Pacific coast, 157 Kms from San José and 7 Km south of Quepos.
Area information: Established in 1972, it has 693 Hectares on land and 55,000 Hectares on the sea. In the year 2000, 1,080 Hectares were added. Playa del Rey is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. It has endangered flora and fauna, and part of the forest is in the process of regeneration, since in the past it had been used to extract wood. It is a very wet tropical forest, protecting parts of primary and secondary forests, mangrove, beach and marine vegetation, islands, and a 14 Hectare lagoon.
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Hermosa, Sector Punta Judas
Location: Between the counties of Parrita and Garabito.
Area information: It was declared as a refuge on June 1998, and possesses about 7 Km of beach and a marine area of 500 meters out to sea. The area of Punta Judas is a strip of beach of about 3 Kms long, and features shrubs and taller trees. It also has a small mangrove fed by the flow of the tide, forming an estuary-like wetland, known as Estero Roto. Its junction forms a wide beach area that is not accessible during high tide, this being the most important zone for laying the eggs. Near the border, one can find a large concentration of abrasion platforms that reach 800 meters out to sea. These rocky formations have been of vital importance as a refuge to a variety of marine ecosystems.
Parque Nacional Carara
Location: On the Central Pacific region, 90 Km from San José, on the banks of Tárcoles River.
Area information: Created on 1978 with an area of 5,242 Hectares. It is located on a transitional zone between the dry and wet forests of the Pacific region. No wild area protects the plant and animal resources present in such a bioclimatic region. It was created to facilitate the cientific research and studies, as well as to favour the environmental education.