Santa Rosa National Park is a part of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage site, originally created to protect the scene of the Battle of Santa Rosa, at its eastern edge lies the Interamerican Highway where it is adjacent to the Guanacaste National Park, the main site is 36 kilometres (22 mi) north of Liberia in Guanacaste Province.
It was created in 1971 to not just cover the historical site but also to protect the savannah, deciduous forest, marshlands, and mangroves of the area. The park covers an area of approximately 495 square kilometres (191 sq mi). Fauna includes coyotes, peccaries, White-nosed Coatis, Baird’s Tapirs, three species of monkey (Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey, Mantled Howler and White-headed Capuchin) and many varieties of sea and land turtles. Several cat species are also present (jaguarundi, ocelot, cougar and jaguar) but are rarely seen. [W]
Santa Rosa is one of Costa Rica’s more rustic parks, with no big resorts and few amenities. More intrepid travelers, however, may be looking for exactly what Santa Rosa has to offer- rugged, untouched, Guanacastece coastline.
Santa Rosa is also the location of Witches Rock, a world famous surf break. It is possible to camp and surf, and some hardcores do. Bring your own everything. For those who want something in between a resort and camping we have a tour of Santa Rosa that makes sure you experience the highlights of the park, without having to sort out any details. Contact us for current prices.