Costa Rica Islands
Costa Rica offers the opportunity to explore its beautiful islands. Some are National Parks, some offer adventure activities and some welcome you to explore Costa Rica’s history and natural beauty.
This island of tropical dry forest makes the perfect day trip from San Jose, Puntarenas or Montezuma. Located off the coast of the Peninsula de Nicoya it is a great destination for relaxing at the beach and doing some snorkeling as well as exploring its forest and fantastic views.
Isla del Coco
Isla del Coco is one of the most beautiful jewels in the Pacific Ocean. Back in 1997 it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located 550 kms away from Pacific shores, it is a 36 hour trip, making it a unique destination for nature lovers and scuba divers. The access to the island is restricted but you are welcome to scuba dive which is one of the main attractions, with a chance to spot sharks, whales, dolphins, rays, turtles among others. This site is only for experienced scuba divers.
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
Located off the coast of the Peninsula de Osa, it is the perfect destination for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. It is also one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the country.
This island is located in the Caribbean Sea about 3 kms away from the port of Limon. It is a small island but it holds an incredible historical significance. This is where Christopher Columbus arrived in Costa Rica in 1502. Years later, the island was used as a quarantine hospital for people with diseases such as leprosy and cholera. No visit to this island is complete without stopping at the National Quarantine Buildings and the Leper's Lookout. You are also welcome to explore the stunning rocky cliffs that form this island's unique landscape.
Located close to Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, this island is known for its estuaries lined with mangroves. Boat and kayak tours are available to explore the flora and fauna of this exotic location where you will have the chance to spot monkeys, herons, pelicans, kingfishers and frigate birds.
Isla San Lucas
Located on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast in the Gulf of Nicoya, this island is a National Park. This island use to be a prison for violent criminals. It embodies many stories that define Costa Rica's past. You can also find 8 known archaeological sites from indigenous groups that used to live here from 300 d.c until the arrival of the Spanish.