The Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica will remain closed today and until further notice according to the decision by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and as a preventive measure due to the heavy rainfall expected in the area.
The decision to close the park was not well received by the park rangers and business owners in the area who consider that the decision made by SINAC was rushed, especially since it hasn’t rained in this area for several days.
The closure of the park took place yesterday, and it translates into financial loses for the local commerce. Manuel Antonio is the most visited National Park in Costa Rica.
SINAC, however, acted in reason of the warning message sent by the Costa Rica Meteorological Institute, which expects rains to increase today as a result of a low-pressure system present in the Caribbean Sea; the fact that the ground is still saturated from the amount of rain received during tropical storm Nate and in general during the rainy season makes these areas more prone to the danger of floods, landslides or trees falling and cannot be ignored by SINAC. The alert was issued for the Central and South Pacific.
The weather conditions will determine when Manuel Antonio National Park will be reopened to the public.