Santa Rosa National Park

  • Santa Rosa National Park
    La Casona, Santa Rosa National Park Santa Rosa National Park

The oldest and largest national park in Costa Rica, the Santa Rosa National Park was founded to commemorate the Battle of Santa Rosa of 1856, which pitted invading forces against the Costa Rican heroes who defeated them. The park is the only one of its kind in the world where 10 distinctive habitats can be found, including one of the largest last tropical dry forests on the planet. It is home to white-tailed deer, howler and white-faced Capuchin monkeys, collared peccaries, Olive Ridley sea turtles, coatimundis, and jaguarondis. The park occupies most of the Santa Elena Peninsula, featuring meandering trails with stunning viewpoints, excellent camping facilities, and spectacular beaches – such as Hachal, Danta, Coquito, Santa Elena, Blanca, Nancite and Naranjo. Nancite Beach is where the Olive Ridley turtles nest, and Naranjo Beach is the location of famous surf spot, Witches Rock