ÁREA DE CONSERVACIÓN TEMPISQUE
Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, Sector de Playa Langosta
Location: North of the district of Tamarindo, in the county of Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste.
Area information: On the northern side is the San Francisco estuary, and to the south a rocky platform. This park was created for being one of the most important nesting sites of the leatherback turtle (the largest marine turtle in the world). Langosta Beach has a length of 1,300 meters, white sand, a strong swell, and is the most important of the four beaches in this park where this turtle nests.
Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco
Location: On the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas.
Area information: It was declared a protected area on October 21, 1963, by the initiative of Mr Nicolas Wessberd, a Swedish citizen, and his wife, Karen Mogensen. It has an area of 1,272 Hectares on land and 1,700 Hectares on the sea. The reserve has a tropical dry forest in transition to a tropical wet forest, mostly regenerated.
Parque Nacional Barra Honda
Location: On the province of Guanacaste, on the county of Nicoya, 22 Km northwest.
Area information: Created on August 22, 1974. It has an area of 2,295 Hectares, and represents thousands of years of geological history, which have resulted in a wide system of caves, independent of each other, and with stalactite and stalagmite formations. In the present, this park has 330 Hectares of shrub-like vegetation, 1,405 Hectares of secondary forest, and 290 Hectares of evergreen forest. The rise in animal population has been noticeable in recent years due to protection and control programs.
Parque Nacional Diriá
Location: In Arado of Santa Cruz, road to Vistamar, 12 Km south of Santa Cruz city.
Area information: It has an area of 5,428 Hectares, making it the largest state-owned wild area in the zone. There are howling monkeys, who have the task of greeting the visitors during the entrance to the park, deers, coatis, tepezcuintles, peccary, and raccoons, who wait until sundown to roam, white-faced monkeys who get settled on the banks of rivers and creeks, small rodents, and more than 17 species of bats that come out at night to feed and drop their seeds. Some of the most recognized species are cardón (cautus endémico, pińuela (bromelia endémica), guaria morada and trees such as ron ron. Its main attractions are scenic views, crystalline waters on rivers Enmedio, Diriá, and Tigre, camping zones, trails, kitchen, dining room, and housing. It is possible to do horseback rides, hiking, and adventure sports. Bird watching is a also hugely attractive.
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Camaronal