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Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Author: Shannon Rankin (public domain)

Cocos Island National Park is the only island in the eastern Pacific Ocean with a tropical rainforest. It is located 550 km off the coast of Costa Rica. The island of Isla del Coco, or Cocos Island, is on the contact point of the northern equatorial counter-current creating a rich marine ecosystem.

The waters off Cocos Island is a major diving destination. It is one of the best sites to view pelagic species including sharks, rays, tuna and dolphins.

Cocos Island National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Naples, Italy, on 1-6 December, 1997.

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Chatham Bay, Isla del Coco
Chatham Bay, Isla del Coco
Author: J RAWLS (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N5 31 60 W87 4 0 in the Province of Puntarenas, in the southeastern tropical Pacific Ocean
Inscription Year: 1997
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: IX, X

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Visiting Cocos Island National Park

Most people visit Cocos Island National Park between March and May. You can go there by boats from the port of Puntarenas. The journey will take you 36 hours one way. You can anchor off Wafer Bay or Chatham Bay, which has dining huts and shower area. There are park offices at both beaches. Contact number is 0087-468712-0010.

Local Tours of Costa Rica

There are times when joining a local tour saves you time and money, not to mention, is the only safe option. Here are some local tours of Costa Rica that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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