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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: | Paquera, Puntarenas, Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

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Nature trails, snorkelling, bioluminescence, beaches......

Curu is a privately-owned wildlife reserve on a small part of a large farm, still owned by the family who founded the park. The owners' overseeing - and in some cases, direct... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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105 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curu is a privately-owned wildlife reserve on a small part of a large farm, still owned by the family who founded the park. The owners' overseeing - and in some cases, direct management - of park activities - is evident in the atypical (for Costa Rica!) attention to detail - if you go early in the morning, you find the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been to the Curu Wildlife Refuge 10 years ago and really enjoyed the lack of tourists in the park so of course decided to go back on my current trip in the area. The park has changed a bit as you can now rent nice looking cabins in the refuge and also take a boat over to Isla... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We came to curu several days. Paid Juan to give us a tour. He was amazing. I highly recommend him. his English is quite good. We saw so many birds and monkeys. We also went to Tortuga with him and also the bio illuminesence snorkels tour.

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Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We arrived about 8am. It was super hot and humid so we opted for one of the shorter paths. We heard howler monkeys right away, had a difficult time finding them on the way in because the canopy was so thick, I insisted it was a recording to get us excited about the park! We did locate the howlers on... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Was there at 11 am. Went for two trails. Did not see any animals there. Did see monkeys at the entrance though, Hanging around in the parking lot. Maybe i was unlucky but i left and cancelled the other trails. Seemed totally deserted the place!! No people around except for the shop and some guy cleaning the area.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We saw over 10 species of animals on our hike here. Iguanas, tons of different large butterflies, several kinds of monkeys, large and small birds, lizards, a crocodile, deer, raccoon, agouti, and more! However we were very quiet on our walk- which allowed us to see more animals. Beware of falling fruit in the monkey trees! If you are staying... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

I would say my group got our money's worth upon walking on shore. Immediately saw a raccoon and a deer and the deer actually let my friend pet it!! It's an easy hike, we did it with sandals on. You must be alert to see the white-faced monkeys, they'll just be sitting in trees, relaxing. The howler monkeys were great;... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

You must do this. Period. Total cost around $57/person. Must have a reservation. Bioluminescent swimming in the Pacific Ocean near Tortuga Island on a beautiful white sand beach. Literally the most soft sand I have ever laid foot on. My wife agreed when I took her here the other night. Juan and Carlos (Charlie) were amazing guides and were so... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

We booked with Turismo Curu through our hotel. Sounded great... A tour of the refuge, lunch and the Tortuga Island trip. We have a 4 & 5 year old. When we arrived we were shuttled to the boat right away. Unfortunately it appeared the Tortuga Island portion was first. The tour to Tortuga was great! A snorkeling stop along the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Very well maintained buildings with a gift shop and nice restaurant serving tipica foods. Monkeys were everywhere. We saw many deer, raccoon and cotomundi. We enjoyed snorkeling Isla Tortugas. Part of the charm of going early is that Curu is so close, here are only a few other people in the snorkel area which is live with lots of sargent... More 

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