The park was established in 1970 and is focussed on the coast. About a tenth of its 1,100 hectares is marine and includes some beautiful coral reefs, including the country’s largest coastal reef with 35 species of corals and some 500 species of fish. The reef was partially damaged by an earthquake in 1991 but is now recovering. Also beneath the sea is the wreck of an 18th century slave ship.
On land there is tropical rainforest and sandy beach. The rainforest is home to sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys, iguanas, caimans and armadillos plus a range of birds including toucans.
Time: GMT -6 hours
The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.