CR Nomads Special: 5 Essential National Parks in Costa Rica

Introducing the Inaugural CR Nomads List: Must-Visit National Parks in Central America, Part I

1. Corcovado National Park

Nestled in the Costa Rican South Pacific, this UNESCO World Heritage site remains one of the Latin America’s most beautiful natural parks. Corcovado National Park boasts breathtaking biodiversity, featuring clear rivers, diverse ecosystems—including rainforests and beaches—and powerful wildlife habitats, home to jaguars.

A guided tour allows travelers to explore well-maintained trails, discovering waterfalls, ancient trees, and primary forests. Corcovado enchants with its rich biodiversity, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

2. Palo Verde National Park

Venture from the South to the North Pacific, home to many treasure hunters. Palo Verde serves as a sanctuary for diverse bird species, including iconic waterfowl like the Jabiru stork.

Offering a rich educational experience, Palo Verde features trails and river safaris, unveiling a world of dry forests along the Tempisque River, a nature reserve that harmonizes riverine habitats and wetlands. Immerse yourself in the never-ending biological harmony of this transformative place.

3. Tortuguero National Park

Discover Costa Rican Caribbean culture through nature’s eyes at Tortuguero National Park. This captivating destination features an intricate network of canals, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches.

Known as the “Land of Turtles,” Tortuguero showcases the nesting rituals of endangered sea turtles, attracting nature lovers annually. Traverse its waterways by boat, bask in beautiful sunny days at the beach, and experience the vibrant Caribbean energy.

4. Manuel Antonio National Park

When thinking of Costa Rican National Parks, Manuel Antonio inevitably comes to mind. Whether for its enchanting sunset tones or its integration of wild nature into everyday life, this special place in the South Pacific has a unique charm.

While entry to the park is one of the country’s most regulated to mitigate crowding and disturbances to the ecosystem, it also possesses distinct elements where time seems to stand still. Explore the park and its surroundings to discover activities that boost your creativity and connection with nature.

5. Arenal National Volcano

Embark on a journey to explore the wonders of Costa Rican volcanoes, starting with Arenal. This majestic force of nature not only contributes to the country’s geothermal clean energy, but also offers vibrant natural landscapes waiting to be explored.

Driving around the area, you’ll feel a sense of enchantment, with lakes, mountains, and rivers leading to La Fortuna. Experience the unexpected, from a sudden lava burst in the sky to impressive lodging with hot springs, accompanied by spontaneous rain to rest and recharge your body. Feel the pulse of nature with Arenal National Volcano.

Andres Vedova

CR Nomads Commercial Director


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