Explore Wildlife in Costa Rica at These Popular National Parks

With a total of 26 national parks to discover, Costa Rica is an incredible wildlife holiday destination in Central America where thousands of enthusiasts visit every year. Waterfalls, rainforests and volcanoes along with a vast diversity of flora and fauna make these national parks sensational spots to discover in the country.

Manuel Antonio National Park


Lying on the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park attracts with its white-sand beaches, huge mountains, lush tropical forest and different hiking trails. You have a chance to spot four different species of monkeys, three-toed sloths and hundreds of bird species. Covering 1,700 acres of land and 136,000 acres of ocean, it is the smallest national park of the country yet it is regarded as one of the best.

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is a unique wildlife spot in Costa Rica, only accessible by boat or airplane. Encompassing protected beach for the nesting of a variety of sea turtles, it remains one of the most popular tourist spots. You can take a boat or even kayak down to the Tortuguero National Park to watch animals and birds. Besides animals like howler monkeys and spider monkeys, you can spot reptiles such as crocodiles, caiman and green basilisk lizards here.

Irazú Volcano National Park

The tallest and the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, Irazú Volcano National Park is an exciting and fascinating sight to behold. It has many craters including one that is 900 feet deep. On clear days, visitors can take delight in the stunning views of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans from the summit.

Marino Ballena National Park

One of the unique reserves in Costa Rica, Marino Ballena National Park is home to more than nine miles of coastline and 13,000 acres of ocean. The park is named after the humpback whales migrating here every year from December to April and August to November. Despite the fact that it is a recent addition to the long list of the national parks of the country, it is visited by a large number of locals and visitors.

Poás Volcano National Park

A wonderful sight to behold, Poás Volcano National Park is the largest still-active volcano in Costa Rica, and is said to be the world’s second widest-rimmed volcano. Renowned for phreatic eruptions, the crater of the volcano is more than a mile across and 1050 feet deep; and the entire volcano is enclosed by a cloud forest. You can spot more than 79 spices of birds including emerald toucanet, black guan, quetzal and hummingbird.