The water bodies of Costa Rica include a multitude of lakes, lagoons, rivers, and waterfalls. Most rivers that crisscross the country originate in the central mountains and volcanos. Gulfs and bays pocket the coasts, while lakes and lagoons dot the countryside and fill mountaintop craters.
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Bodies of Water of Costa Rica
Golfo Dulce lies between the Osa Peninsula and the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Coronado Bay lies to the northwest. The peninsula contains a complex of national parks and protects one of Central America's most significant stands of the virgin rainforest.
The Nicoya Peninsula lies along the northern section of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The Gulf of Nicoya separates the Nicoya Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica and encompasses a marine and coastal landscape of wetlands, rocky islands, and cliffs.