As one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is estimated to contain four percent of the planet’s species, despite only being a third of a percent of the world’s landmass. With over 500,000 species of flora and fauna, many travelers come to Costa Rica hoping to catch a glimpse of the white-faced capuchin monkey, the quetzal bird, or even the giant orchid!
Luckily, there are many rainforests available for you to visit in this beautiful country. Here are our top three.
Manuel Antonio National Park
One of the most popular rainforests in Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio National Park, famous not only for its beautiful, abundant forest but for its beach, perfect for swimming. The park is open every day except for Mondays, and is maintained by the Costa Rican government.
Manuel Antonio National Park is famous for its stunning coastline views, lush vegetation, and monkeys! It is home to all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, including the howler, spider, white faced, and Central American squirrel monkeys. You may catch a glimpse of the two or three-toed sloth, or some of the species of birds that inhabit the park, including toucans, hummingbirds, parrots, and over 350 more!
Both guided and private tours are available for a fee, including everything from a zipline through the canopy to ATV and jetski tours.
This national park is roughly three hours’ drive away from Escazu, where STAR Dental Implant Center’s clinic is located.
Cahuita National Park
Famous for its expansive coral reefs, which you can explore in the dry season (November-April) with the help of a guide, Cahuita National Park is home to over thirty-five types of coral and around one hundred thirty species of fish. On the beaches, you might spot sea turtles, which nest in the sand at Cahuita.
Onland, you might spot pacas, northern tamanduas, or one of the many bird species that inhabit the national park, such as green ibises, herons, and keel-billed toucans. The fauna of Cahuita is gorgeous, with giant orchids and mushrooms abound, as well as the endangered sangrillo tree.
Cahuita is the only national park that does not charge an entry fee. It is located about four and a half hours away from our location in Escazu.
Corcovado National Park
When you think “rainforest,” Corcovado National Park is probably what pops into your head. The diversity found in this park is astounding– thirteen different ecosystems can be found, including mangrove swamps, lowland rainforests and highland cloud forests, and coastal habitats.
Some of Costa Rica’s most rare species can be found here: jaguars, scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, Baird’s tapirs, and more, all of which are considered to be endangered species. Over forty species of frog can be found, including Costa Rica’s famous poison arrow frog, and the highly photogenic red-eyed tree frog.
This national park has even been called “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity” by National Geographic. What an endorsement!
The easiest way to get to Corcovado National Park is by public transit. It is located five-and-a-half hours away from STAR Dental’s location in Escazu by bus.
As you can see, there are many beautiful, biodiverse places to visit in Costa Rica while you visit to complete your dental treatment with STAR Dental Implant Center. Not only will you be able to see some of the most awe-inspiring locations on Earth, but you will be able to smile about it with confidence after we complete your dental procedures!
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