Footpaths and Beaches

Footpaths and Beaches

Close by you will find a natural footpath called Indio Desnudo, which takes you on along a 1 Km path through the tropical dry forest. The footpath owes its name to the trees of the area, so called because of red tone of their bark, similar to the skin of an Indian. Other longer footpaths are Los Patos, the Valle Naranjo footpath and the Palo Seco footpath, offering a chance to see fauna from the park. The best times to see the animals and to take photos are the early hours in the morning and the late afternoon.  Santa Rosa also has a fabulous coast. During the dry season, you can travel by car along the 13 Km that separate La Casona from the Papagayo Gulf, you will need a 4X4.  The road forks before you get to the beach. The route to the south, to the left, will take you to Naranjo Beach, one of the best beaches to go surfing. In this area you will also find the Limbo Lagoon, the habitat of many aquatic birds. The road to the north, to the right, goes to Nancite Beach, at the extreme north of the Real Estuary, where close to 100 thousand turtles lay their eggs during the rainy season between September and October. The Murciélago section is on the north side of the Santa Elena Peninsula, and you can get here by traveling along a gravel potholed road Cuajiniquil. Before arriving at the park you will pass by a National Guard Camp on the right, which used to be the residence of Somoza and a training base for the CIA, for the guerillas and layer on as a landing strip covered in grass that was used by Oliver North & Co., to defeat the Nicaraguan rebels. The landscape of Murciélago is magnificent: Virgin Beaches and coral reefs with dense forest in the background. Blanca Beach is 17 Km from the Forest Ranger post in Murciélago, and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with its soft white sand. Hachal Bay, some 5 Km away, offers a grey rocky beach with turquoise colored water. Those that are looking for more tranquility should travel to the Western Parts of Santa Rosa, such as Cabo Santa Elena, Coloradas Playas and Bahía Potrero Grande, another surfing hot spot that is only accessible via the sea.  

Information

Ph (506) 2666-5051, Ph/fax (506) 2666-5020. The forest post, leaving the Interamerican opens daily from 08:00 a.m to 04:30 p.m. Entry is 6 US$ and to camp it is 2 US$ extra per person. The offices and the camping area are 7Km from where the buses arrive you can walk or ask for the bus stop. It is also possible to accompany the forest rangers on their routes around the park. The administration of Santa Rosa is also run by the Conservation Area of Guanacaste (ACG) and offers information about the Rincón de la Vieja and Guanacaste National Parks and other protected areas.