Santa Rosa National Park

Cuajiniquil, Costa Rica

    
©Sue & Ray, Toucan Maps

Santa Rosa National Park protects some of the last remaining tropical dry forest in the world. The small patch of oak forest near the entrance to the Comelco Ranch is probably representative of the original habitat of much of the park. Ranchers burned most of the plateau region, and African pasture grass (Hyparrenia rufa) and the fire resistant Bignoniaceae trees define the current landscape. Nearer the beaches the habitat becomes more native-like.

Many of the trees in Santa Rosa National Park\'s dry forests are deciduous and depending on when you visit they may be bare making bird and wildlife spotting much easier. (©2005 T. Hall)

Guanacaste National Park was created in 1989 to connect Santa Rosa National Park with the high elevation cloud forest of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes and across the continental divide to the Caribbean rainforest of Northern Costa Rica. The hope is that together these two parks protect enough land to ensure sufficiently large habitats for wide-ranging species such as jaguars and mountain lions while simultaneously creating a biological corridor for birds and insects to make local seasonal migrations between the dry forest and the evergreen cloud and rain forests.

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The nearest town is Cuajiniquil, 15.5 km away and Tamarindo Airport airport is 59.8 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of Santa Rosa National Park are latitude 10.851, longitude -85.7883. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)