Cocos Island is an island designated as a National Park off the shore of Costa Rica, that does not allow inhabitants other than Costa Rican Park Rangers. It constitutes the 11th of the 13 districts of Puntarenas Canton of the province of Puntarenas. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 550km from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica. With an area of approximately 23.85km2, about 8x and a perimeter of around 23.3km, this island is more or less rectangular in shape.
Surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, Cocos Island is admired by scuba divers for its populations of hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species. The extremely wet climate and oceanic character give Cocos an ecological character that is not shared with either the Galápagos Archipelago or any of the other islands in this region of the world.
Cocos Island was declared a Costa Rican National Park by means of Executive Decree in 1978. Cocos Island National Park was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. In 2002, the World Heritage Site designation was extended to include an expanded marine zone of 1997km2. In addition, it is included in the list of "Wetlands of International Importance".
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When you get here everything turns into a green paradise, full of wildlife. It cannot be described in a few words, it is absolutely fantastic. On earth, under water, everything is indescribable... more »
After a long, rough crossing, finally we got there, arriving at in the morning at about 6ish and moored in Chatham Bay. Cocos itself is featured in the opening scenes of the island in Jurassic Park... more »
My wife almost got eaten by a meatasauras Rex definitely not coming here as my kids have been stomped on by a heard of veggie eaters
Wonderful place. Only park rangers live on island and rotate out once a month. It is a 36 hr boat ride to the island
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