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Photo via the National System of Conservation Areas.

New port in Costa Rica's San Lucas Island

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Published on Tuesday, May 28 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tourism Institute announced its plans to build a new port in the San Lucas Island National Park to enhance the visitor experience.

The institute estimates that the building of the new facilities will cost more than $1.6 million, which the institution's budget will finance.

The new port will replace the currently operating pier, which is unsuitable for offering adequate service to tourists.

Authorities expect the new port facilities to open at the beginning of the high tourism season in 2025.

The island, named for Luke the Evangelist, is situated on the Pacific Coast, in the Nicoya Gulf.

It housed a former prison from 1873 to 1991.

Furthermore, on the island were discovered at least eight documented archeological sites ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 AD, including houses where stone implements and a metal object were discovered in the late 1970s.

The park has a diverse range of species, including howler monkeys, spiders, snakes, deer, and pheasants. Hammerhead sharks, rays, and turtles are among the many species that live in the seas around the island.

In 2020, the island was named Costa Rica's 30th National Park. The National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac) released a movie showcasing the island's natural beauty, which may be viewed on AM Costa Rica's YouTube channel.

Representatives from the United States National Park System and the Ministry of the Environment signed a Sister Parks Agreement in 2021 to link Golden Gate National Park and San Lucas.

A sister park, sometimes known as a twin town connection, is a legal or social arrangement between two geographically and politically diverse communities to foster cultural and business relationships.

For those interested in visiting the park tickets are available through the Sinac website.

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