Guanacaste is home to eight national parks, each known for their vast habitats, natural beauty, and varied wildlife. You’ve probably heard of many of them: from leatherback turtle beaches at our own Las Baulas National Marine Park to the canals of Palo Verde National Park, Guanacaste is famous for its parks. Except one. One that flies decidedly under the radar.
Welcome to Guanacaste’s best-kept secret. Kick off your flip-flops and get out your hiking shoes. We’re going to Diria National Park!
Here, what was once a protected area is now a national park – an upgrade courtesy of Diria National Park’s varied ecosystems, strong conservation efforts, and entertainment value. That’s right, Diria is not only beautiful but also a fun place to visit: Filled with crystal-clear river waters, a majestic waterfall, interwoven trails, and an abundance of birds, mammals, and other animal species.
Diria National Park Overview:
Location: 10 miles south of Santa Cruz
Founded: 1991 (became a national park in 2004)
Maximum Altitude: 5,905 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level
Area: 13,410 acres
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 2686-4968 / 2686-4970
Entrance Fee: $6 adults / $5 children