The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System comprises seven protected areas along Central America's northeastern coast. Hosting diverse marine habitats, including iconic sites like the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye, it is vital in preserving unique reef types, biodiversity, and habitats for threatened species.
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The Agua y Paz (Water and Peace) Biosphere Reserve in northern Costa Rica is comprised of Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, four biological corridors, and an indigenous community. It is characterized by mountain ranges, volcanoes, and plains.
The Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve is a nature reserve in the southeastern Cordillera de Tilarán in northcentral Costa Rica. It is part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, which protects the tropical forest area near San Ramón.
Apaneca-Ilamatepec Biosphere Reserve (El Salvador) The Editor Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:26
The Apaneca-Ilamatepec Biosphere Reserve, located in El Salvador and part of the Central America Volcanic Arc, safeguards significant ecosystems for species preservation. It contains many habitats, which contribute to its high diversity.
Arenal Volcano: Arenal Volcano National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 01/20/2019 - 15:08
Arenal National Park is located in Alajuela province in northwestern Costa Rica. The park encompasses the Arenal Volcano, an active andesitic stratovolcano. It was Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010 and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
Barbilla National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 01/20/2019 - 17:32
Barbilla National Park is located on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica, within the SINAC Caribbean La Amistad Conservation Area. It protects the humid lowland rainforest along the Caribbean slopes of the Talamancan mountain range.
Barra Honda National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 01/20/2019 - 17:19
Barra Honda National Park is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica. It was created to protect the cave systems under the Barra Honda Peak, formed when islets from the Miocene Era were raised above the plains of the Tempisque River.
Bosawás Biosphere Reserve (Nicaragua) The Editor Tue, 01/08/2019 - 19:15
The Bosawás Biosphere Reserve is located in the north of Nicaragua, next to the border with Honduras. Together with three neighboring protected areas of Honduras, it constitutes the largest protected area complex of tropical mountain moist forest north of the Amazon Basin.
Braulio Carrillo National Park is located in central Costa Rica within the volcanic Cordillera Central, one of the areas with the steepest topography in the country. The landscape consists of densely-forested high mountains that include volcanoes and canyons forged by several rivers.
Cahuita National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Thu, 09/28/2023 - 17:05
Cahuita National Park is a pristine and biodiverse protected area located in the Limón Province on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, established to protect the country's largest coral reef. Home to several indigenous communities, it is part of the La Amistad International Park UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Caracol: Chiquibul National Park and Forest Reserve (Belize) The Editor Sat, 06/27/2020 - 19:49
Chiquibul National Park is the largest national park in Belize. The park surrounds Caracol, an archaeological reserve that was once one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. Chiquibul Forest Reserve is adjacent to the park.