| Hystorical Background:
|Santa Rosa National Park is located 35 km, north
of Liberia. Seven kilometers from the entrance are located the Casona Santa
Rosa Historical Museum, camping area and the administration of Guanacaste
Conservation Area (ACG), where information of other protected sectors can
The Casona of Santa Rosa was created as National Monument by law on June
27th, 1.966. On March 20th, 1971 was declared as National Park together
with the land near by. In 1.980, it was widened with the Murcielago sector
by Executive Decree.
Murciélago sector is located at 9 km from Cuajiniquil, (60 km, north
of Liberia on the Intermerican road).
Santa Rosa is one of the protected areas within the ACG, along with Guanacaste
and Rincon de la Vieja National Parks, Horizontes Forestry Station and Junquillal
The Hacienda of Santa Rosa is registered in the pages of our country
history from the XIX century. The 20th of March 1.856 the most important
battle, against American invaders called filibusters, took place. It also
has been stage of other historical battles.
Naranjo Beach (located 12 km away of the administration area) is surrounded
by mangrove and with great beauty.
There are two ways to access the beach on defined paths: in four wheel
drive during the dry season and hiking during the rainy season.
In the same direction of Naranjo Beach (17 km from the administration
area), it is found Nancite Beach one of the most important nesting sites
for Olive Ridley Turtle on the Pacific coast of Central America. Due to
the ecological characteristics the access to Nancite is restricted.
Other beautiful beaches are located in Murcielago sector, White Beach
(17 km from the camping area), Santa Elena Bay and El Hachal Bay (5 km
from the camping area).
|Flora and fauna:
Santa Rosa preserves the most important portion of Dry Forest protected
in Central America. High temperature, long dry season and trees that lose
their leaves characterize this forest, that looks totally different during
the rainy season.
Common species of trees are the Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum),
Pochote (Bombacopsis quinata), Guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril), the Naked
Indian tree (Bursera simaruba) and the Caoba (Swietenia macrophylla).
In the coasts, mangrove are well represented with species like the Red
Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), as well as, other typical species of the
Pacific slope of Costa Rica.
In Santa Rosa are found 115 species of mammals; among them the White Tail
Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) and White-face
Monkey (Cebus capucinus), as well as Coatis (Nasua narica) can be seen.
The common bird is the White-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa).
Representative reptiles are the Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea),
Rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus), and the Ctenoaur or Garrobo (Ctenosaura
| Interest sites:
Santa Rosa Sector
1- The Tanks of the Battle of the 1955
2- View Point Emerged Land
3- Casona Santa Rosa Historical Museum
4- Naked Indian Trail
5- Monument to the Heroes of 1856 and 1955.
6- Los Patos Natural Trail
7- View Point Valle Naranjo
8- Carbonal Trail
9- Palo Seco Trail
1- Poza El General
2- White Beach
3- El Hachal Bay
4- Santa Elena Bay
5- El Nance Natural Trail
6- View Point Los Pargos
| Interest data:
Rainfall: 1.500 mm annual average
Temperature: 28 C annual average.
* By law it is forbidden to bring pets into the Park, and to remove plants,
animals, or any other natural resources.
* Do not toss cigar butts, neither makes bonfires. Use the grills located
in the camping area, use only coal or commercial gas.
* Please, place all the garbage in the containers provided.
* Walk only on the defined trail. At night use always flashlight.
* Always carry water and appropriated shoes.
* If you visit Naranjo Beach carry water. The access is possible only
in four wheel drive vehicle.
* Fishing is not permitted in this protected area.
* A permission is require if you wish to visit Nancite Beach. Ask at the
* Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
Enjoy your trip !