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Costa Rica National Parks

National System of Conservation Areas

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Costa Rica National Parks Map Index     |     Alphabetical List     |     National Park Attractions     |     Costa Rica Links  

ACG ~ Guanacaste Conservation Area
ACA-HN ~ Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area
ACA-T ~ Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area
ACT ~ Tempisque Conservation Area
ACOPAC ~ Central Pacific Conservation Area

ACMIC ~ Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area

Costa Rica National Parks

Featured Park
Carara National Park
Scarlet Macaw
National Park

Featured Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Volcano Adventure
Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
National Park

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Map Index Area de Conservación Pacífico Central Area de Conservación Marina Isla del Coco Area de Conservación Tempisque Area de Conservación Guanacaste Area de Conservación Arenal - Tilarán Area de Conservación Arenal - Huetar Norte Area de Conservación Tortuguero Area de Conservación Cordillera Volcánica Central Area de Conservación Amistad - Caribe Area de Conservación Amistad - Pacífico Area de Conservación Osa

Popular Destinations in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano National Park - our most active volcano
Barra Honda National Park - explore the limestone caves
Braulio Carrillo National Park - just an hour from San Jose
Cahuita National Park - beaches, scuba and coral reefs
Chirripo National Park - the tallest mountain in Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park - the jewel of the Osa Peninsula
Guanacaste National Park - the largest tropical dry forest
Irazu Volcano National Park - overlook into the volcano crater
La Amistad International Park - a world biosphere project
Las Baulas National Marine Park - leatherback turtles at Tamarindo
Manuel Antonio National Park - beaches and wildlife
Ostional Wildlife Refuge - Olive Ridley turles nesting site
Palo Verde National Park - birdwtcher's heaven
Piedras Blancas National Park - rainforest biodiversity
Poas Volcano National Park - the most visited park in Costa Rica
Rincon de la Vieja National Park - hot springs and mineral baths
Tapanti National Park - the place to spot a quetzal
Tortuguero National Park - famous sea turtle conservation
Turrialba Volcano National Park - the largest volcano craters

The National Parks and Wildlife Refuges of Costa  Rica are managed by MINAE, the Ministerio de Ambiental y Energia. Responding to the new policies of the MINAE, eleven Conservation Areas were established by this department in 1998 to oversee and manage the public lands of Costa Rica. These conservation areas are known as the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion, or SINAC.

Amount Category Area (ha)
% National Territory
(5.099.873 ha)

25 National Parks 623.771

8 Biological Reserves 21.674

32 Protected Zones 155.817

11 Forest Reserves 227.834

58 Wildlife Refuges 180.035

15 Wetlands/Mangroves 77.869

12 Other Categories 17.306

161 TOTALS 1.304.306

Within this website, you will find detailed information, trail maps, facilities,
camping areas, park ranger stations, and driving directions for each of the
161 parks and refuges of Costa Rica.

National Parks of Costa Rica

National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC):
De la Casa Italia, 250 metros al sur,
frente al Laboratorio JR Sánchez. San José
Tel: (506) 283-8004
Fax: (506) 283-7343

Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE):
Information Office Telephone: (506) 192
Headquarters Telephone: (506) 283-8094

ACCVC ~ Central Volcanic Conservation Area

ACTO ~ Tortuguero Conservation Area
ACLA-C ~ Caribbean La Amistad Conservation Area

ACLA-P ~ Pacific La Amistad Conservation Area

ACOSA ~ Osa Conservation Area
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