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Sterling Silver Tree Frog Earrings
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Santa Rosa Sector

Park Attractions

The Historical Museum at La Casona in Santa Rosa National Park contains exhibit rooms with antiquities and information and specimens from around the ACG. Trails around the site lead to interesting artifacts of the various battles in the area.

La Casona Santa Rosa National Park

Driving Directions

From San Jose, take the Interamerican highway to Liberia.

Continue on the Interamerican highway past Liberia Guanacaste  about 20 miles to Potrerillos. The entrance to Santa Rosa Sector is on the left, six miles past Potrerillos.

Santa Rosa Indio Desnudo Trail


Park Facilities and Hours

The Museum is open from 8am to 4pm, and the camping area is open 24 hours. Picnic areas with tables and charcoal cookstoves, potable water, restrooms and showers.





Nancite Station

Park Attractions

Playa Nancite is one of the world's largest nesting grounds for sea turtles, along with Ostional Beach to the south. The arribadas, when hundreds of thousands of turtles arrive to lay their eggs, are primarily from July through November.

Nancite Beach Sea Turtle Arribada Costa Rica

Driving Directions

Nancite Beach can only be reached by hiking  trail from Naranjo Station through the Real Estuary.

Nancite Biological Station Costa Rica
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Park Facilities and Hours

This area in an absolute protected zone, with access restricted by permission. There are very rustic lodging facilities available at the Nancite Biological Station for investigators and students.



Santa Elena Sector

Park Attractions

The Santa Elena Sector, covering the central portion of the peninsula, was finally annexed into the Guanacaste Conservation Area in 2004.

Mangroves Santa Rosa National Park Costa Rica
Mangroves Costa Rica


Driving Directions

The entrance to the Santa Elena Station can be found along the Interamerican Highway, about 8 miles past the entrance to Santa Rosa Sector.





Naranjo Station

Park Attractions

The beach at Naranjo is popular with surfers. The famous Witch's Rock is located in Naranjo Bay.

Playa Naranjo Santa Rosa National Park Costa Rica

Driving Directions

Playa Naranjo is reached by an 8 mile stretch of dirt road from the Santa Rosa Station. This road is only accessible during dry season with 4WD.

Park Facilities and Hours

The camping area at Naranjo Beach is open 24 hours and provides picnic tables and charcoal cookstoves. Restrooms and showers are available, but no potable water.


Murcielagos Sector

Park Attractions

Murcielago Station covers the northern portion of the Santa Elena Peninsula, and provides access to multiple beaches, bays and coves along the coast. Murcielago is the Spanish word for a bat.

Murcielagos Sector
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Driving Directions

Along Costa Rica's Interamerican Highway, about 12 miles past the entrance to Santa Rosa Sector, turn left toward the town of Cuajiniquil. Turn left (SW) and continue on dirt road about 4 miles to the Murcielagos Station. Since this road is often inaccessible, it is best to stop at Santa Rosa Station ahead of time to inquire about road conditions throughout the park.

Hachal Bay Murcielago Sector National Park Costa Rica


Park Facilities and Hours

The camping area in Murcielago is open 24 hours with visitor attention from 8am to 4pm. It provides picnic tables and charcoal cookstoves, potable water,  restrooms and showers. There are also a few buildings that provide rustic lodging for investigators and students.




Islas Station

Park Attractions

The Islas Station is located on a small string of islands known as the Murcielagos (Bat Islands). These islands provide a home for many marine species, and are popular for scuba diving.


Coral at Bat Islands National Park Costa Rica


Driving Directions

The Bat Islands are accessible only by boat.


Park Facilities and Hours

The station is manned, and camping is allowed. Minimal facilities, no potable water.






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