Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Dolphin playing at Cocos IslandCocos Island, Costa Rica is considered to be ecologically like no other region of the world. With its wet climate and tropical forests, Cocos Island has a miraculous display of flora and fauna. The island is uninhabited and was declared a National Park and Biological Reserve in 1978 and is located 360 miles from the shore of Costa Rica. Historically Cocos Island was a hideout for pirates and there are tales of buried treasure on the island. It is even thought to be the place of inspiration for the famous novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Diving and hiking on Cocos Island

If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, this is a dream vacation destination for you! While it is the best place to scuba dive in Costa Rica, it is also one of the best places to scuba dive in the world. Some of the species you get the opportunity of seeing in the Pacific waters off the island are hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins, and the wale shark which is the biggest shark species in the world.


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Hikers will also get a unique experience in Cocos Island. Since it is isolated in the Pacific there are many species that are unique to the island and cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. With its hiking and scuba diving opportunities, it is a must-see for people who truley appreciate the beauty of nature. If you are considering visiting the Island, it is best to know that it rains often throughout the year. The drier seasons occur from January to March and September to October.

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Last updated by Elyse Boykin on 08 June, 2010 in Destinations.

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