Costa Rica is often called paradise due to its temperate climate, beautiful people, picturesque landscape and abundant natural resources. The Costa Rican government agrees and has protected over 25 percent of Costa Rica’s landmass by converting it into national park. That is the greatest percentage of protected land of any nation on Earth. Costa Rica’s national parks include rain forest, volcanoes, estuaries and mangroves. There are even aquatic marine national parks that extended out into the ocean. The beach in Tamarindo is also located in a protected area: Las Baulas National Marine Park.Some of Costa Rica’s best know national parks include Manuel Antonio National Park. Known for its anchor shaped peninsula and white sand beaches, some say it has the prettiest beach in all of Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park is less well known then Manuel Antonio and also less visited. The remote nature of the park makes it the preferred habitat of countless species. In fact, National Geographic called the Osa Peninsula (home of Corcovado National Park) the most biologically intense place on Earth. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is like a place out of time. The clouds that inhabit the forest dampen sound giving each visitor the feeling they are the only person left on earth.
As you might imagine, with 25 percent of Costa Rica’s land mass protected as national park, there are several close by that you can visit as a day trip or with a short overnight stay. Contact your Casa Bali concierge for more information.