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Cocos Island National Park

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Cocos Island National Park is straight out of a swashbuckling adventure story, complete with pirates, shipwrecks and even buried treasure. This island in Costa Rica is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, and even though Stevenson’s tale of adventure on the high seas was fictional, Cocos Island has seen its share of real life pirates, bandits and daring escapades. There was even a treasure map of the island drawn up in the nineteenth century – but as of now, no treasure has ever been found.

And if the thought of peg-legged pirates swinging around bottles of rum and crouching stealthily in the leafy green Costa Rican jungles doesn’t get your blood pumping, then the natural beauty of Cocos Island surely will. The island is part of an ancient volcano, creating a rugged coastline and craggy precipices great for snorkeling and exploring. There’s also waterfalls and mountainous hiking trails, all delightfully secluded by overarching green jungle foliage.

Some call the island “Little Galapagos” – it’s ecological diversity is what snagged the island a spot on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The island is home to hammerhead sharks, finches, manta rays and several endemic species of fish and lizards.

Written by  Jordan-Ashley Baker.

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