Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge in Costa Rica

Set in the spectacular Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and looking to the Atlantic Ocean the Cahuita National Park is one of the most stunning parks in the country. This park is located in the province of Limon, 42 kilometers south of Puerto Limon, and was created in 1970 to protect the largest coral reef in Costa Rica.

Covering a land area of only 1607 hectares, the park protects about 22,400 acres of ocean and marine life and is one of the most beautiful regions of the country. The biggest attraction of the park is not so much their land but their world underwater which is home to an impressive and fantastic marine life and the largest coral reef of Costa Rica. Tourists from all over the world come in droves to this national park because it offers many opportunities for snorkeling and diving for and for its beautiful palm trees. Also, you can enjoy white sand beaches and incessantly blue and crystal clear waters that are ideal for swimming.

Home to a large amount of marine life, some of the common inhabitants under the water are the sea urchin, the queen angelfish, the blue parrotfish, green turtles, eels, the barracudas, the cucumbers, marine shrimps, the lobsters, sponges, manta rays, 3 species of sharks and turtles Carey. Among the many mammals that are found in the lands of the park, you can see the opossums, monkeys, frogs, pacas, iguanas, basilisk, pork spins, and several species of birds including ibises, herons, gulls, and the fisherman.

During the earthquake of 1991, the coral reef of Cahuita was very affected but despite this, it has more than 35 species of corals including brain coral and fan coral that you could see when you are in the area. This national park offers great opportunities for camping and also has a large number of resorts, hotels, and lodgings in the surrounding area.

The Wildlife Refuge Gandoca Manzanillo is located in one of the most wonderful and beautiful regions in Costa Rica. Located just a few miles north of the border with Panama in the County of Talamanca, this refugee protects some of the flora and fauna of this region, which is in danger. Is set on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, in the province of Limon and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, is classified as a tropical rain forest and takes care of the only bed of oysters found in a mangrove swamp along the reef of the coast.

The Wildlife Refuge Gandoca Manzanillo includes several rare habitats such as lowland forests, wetlands, and mangrove swamp also safeguards the only palm swampy Orey and bolillo of Costa Rica. This wild reserve is very important from the ecological point of view because it contains the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic and the small primary rainforest that is here is the only one of this style in the region. With a unique habitat that reserve is a strip of the beach of 10 miles with 740 acres of forest, a coral reef, and 2 swamps. The Wildlife Refuge Gandoca Manzanillo is also spawning a region of several species of turtles like the Leatherback; also you can find west Indian manatees, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, and tarpon. The spawning season of the turtles is March to May. There are several species of birds like frigate birds, woodpeckers, parrot, eagles, and toucans.