Best national parks in Guanacaste

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Explore the most popular national parks in Guanacaste with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (5)
#1 - Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a must visit destination in the Guanacaste Province. It boasts two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and a variety of flora and fauna. There are two sides to the park, one sitting in front of the Pacific Ocean and the other on the Caribbean, which means that their climates are varied. There are a variety of tropical forests, rare flora and fauna. Visitors may see pumas, a variety of monkeys, sloths, and jaguars, among others. Guests may also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and swimming. Other amenities to enjoy is a freshwater lagoon, waterfalls, and mud pits. The visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park is unique and unforgettable.Show more
#2 - Barra Honda National Park
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Barra Honda National Park is located in the province of Guanacaste and is home to underground caverns for visitors to enjoy. The caves have been cut through the small mountains by water and is the most unique natural landmark of Costa Rica. There are more than 40 limestone caves - note that climbing gear, a guide and a permit are all required. The caves vary in depth and go as far as 240 meters below the surface. Along with the caves, there are hiking trails through the forest which will have an interesting variety of wildlife all throughout. There are deer, kinkajous and howler monkeys in the forest. Make sure to plan accordingly around the the rainy season (caves close due to risks of flooding) and enjoy an adventure at Barra Honda Caverns National Park! Approximate cost: National: ¢ 1000 per person / day Foreigners: $12 per person / dayShow more
#3 - Santa Rosa National Park
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Santa Rosa National Park is located in the Guanacaste Conservation Area and is also wrapped in history. Known for the location of the historic Battle of March 20, 1856, there is a historical museum for visitors to enjoy as well as the natural beauty of this area. There are 10 different habitats found within the park, which includes: oak forests, marshlands, deciduous forests, mangrove swamps, evergreen forests, among others. Living in those habitats are more than 10,000 species of insects, 115 types of animals, and approximately 250 species of birds. Visitors can expect to see whitetailed deer, turtles, or jaguars. There is something for everyone. Enjoy your next adventure at Santa Rosa National Park. Fees: Nationals and residents: ¢ 1,100 Children: ¢ 500 Foreign non-residents: US$ 15 Children: $ 5Show more
#4 - Diria National Park
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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The Diriá National Park is located in the city of Santa Cruz and extends across 5,426 ha. The park has two different habitats - one is the tropical humid forest and the other is a premontane humid forest. These ecosystems are give life to different flora and fauna, which includes evergreen and deciduous forests. There are at least 134 species of birds and diverse mammals, such as white-faced monkey, deer, coyotes, among others. There are three main trails at the park. Fees: National ¢ 600 / day Foreigners $ 6 / day Students ¢ 200 / dayShow more
#5 - Palo Verde National Park
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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The Palo Verde National Park spans across 45,494 acres of land. It is said to be home to one of the most densely populated areas of migratory birds and aquatic animals. There are lagoons, mangroves, grasslands and forests to explore. This being an important migration route, the park can see up to 250,000 birds during certain seasons! The park is home to other animals as well, such as capuchin monkeys, white-tailed deer, and the howler. Visitors to the park may enjoy several different hiking routes offering amazing scenic overlooks. Most of the trails are easy and flat but a few heading to overlooks can give you a bit more of a challenge. Birdwatching is also a popular activity here. Visit Palo Verde National Park on your next adventure. Show more