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Santa Rosa National Park

Region: North Pacific
Location: northwestern Guanacaste, 23 miles north of Liberia via the Interamericana Highway
Size: 122,350 acres
National Park since: 1971
Highlights: famouse Hacienda Santa Rosa monument (La Casona), tropical forest, mangrove swamp, wildlife including turtle nesting sites
Facilities: camping sites:
   —La Casona with restrooms
   —Playa Naranjo with restrooms and showers
   —Estero Real with outhouses (no water)
   —Playa Nancite has very rustic lodging
   —Murcielago has restrooms, potable water, showers, picnic tables

In the Santa Rosa sector, visit the historic museum at La Casona and see interesting artifacts of the battles from the area and enjoy the hiking trails in the area.

At Playa Nancite find Ostional beach which is known as one of the largest sea turtle nesting sites. A visit between July and November provides an opportunity to see the turtle arribadas, where hundreds of thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

The Murcielagos sector, located in the northern part of the Santa Elena peninusla, has numerous beaches, bays and coves and offers campsites and restrooms. The Bat Islands with many marine species are wonderful for scuba diving.

Surfing at Naranjo beach is excellent. The famous Witch's Rock is located here. There are campsites with restrooms (no potable water).


Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG)
Apartado Postal 169-5000
Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Main: 506-666-0630
Lodge: campsites throughout and lodging at the Nancite Biological Station for investigators & students.

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Playa Naranjo photo above
courtesy of Geoff Gallice