Santa Rosa National Park
Costa Rica’s first national park Santa Rosa was found in 1971, it is located in Guanacaste, 36km north of the city of Liberia.
The park has a land area of over 37 000 hectares and it has also a vast sea-area with recreational and beautiful sandy beaches. The area has also historical significance; this national park was the site of several fights, the most famous was the battle of Santa Rosa in 1856. In the combat the army of Costa Rican volunteers defeated the army of American invaders.
The park was created to retain the historical mansion and stonewall corrals of La Casona de Santa Rosa. Furthermore, the park is a place for sea turtles, which come as a big group to nest to the beach. All the abundant wildlife and the tropical dry forest of the area must be protected. In the park there are 10 different habitats; colonized by more than 250 species of birds and numerous diverse mammals. Jaguars and pumas live close by, however they are rarely seen, while animals such as monkeys, deers and butterflies are much easier to spot.