Coco Island Marine Conservation Area
Coco Island National Park
The Coco Island National Park is one of the most important national parks in all of Costa Rica. It is also probably the most difficult to get to. If you wanted to visit Cocos Island National Park on a Costa Rica vacation we could make it happen but our rafts nor our 4x4's are going to make it out there. This is an expedition that we have to contract out and it makes for over a week long Costa Rica adventure of living on a boat and visiting one of the most pristine natural settings on planet Earth.
UNESCO dedicated the Cocos Island National Park as part of their World Heritage sites. The park covers the island which measures 2,309 hectares of land and 97,235 hectares of marine habitat. It is estimated that around 1,500 tourist visit the island each year. Many of these tourist are looking for adventures in suba-diving. The marine life is where the specie diversity is at it's best. It should be noted though that there are also two species of reptiles of a lizard and salamander that are endemic to the island.
The marine life consist of different species of dolphins, turtles, and sharks big and small of all different species. There are also 18 different species of corals found around the island. There are waterfall and hikes that can be made on the mainland. The conditions are rustic with a resting area and a ranger station.
The Cocos Island is known for three treasures that were thought to of been hidden by pirates a few hundred years ago. The sizes of these treasures are thought to be enormous and the island became famous over the years because of them. Many even think the famous novel "Treasures Island" by L. Stevenson was inspired by the Cocos Island. There have been over 500 expeditions in search of treasures on the island. Even the Costa Rican government got involved with a search party in 1869 with resulted in no findings. Now it is the natural treasures that the Costa Rican government finds value in. The treasure might be where many minerals of the Earth should be and that is underground.