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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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Monkeys, Birds and Fresh fruit....Oh My!!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 June 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

We loved the wildlife walk on this remote island. Not crowded. Lots of wild life to view. Not a touristy trap. Good guide. It was our favorite walk of all we took. About 2 miles but there was more to see than we had time for. Accessible only by boat. Definitely a favorite.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

This is truly walking through a tropical jungle, so humid and listening to the howler monkeys as you walk is eerily incredible. Make sure you have some bug spray, cause they are attracted to the heat and humidity, couldn't really stop walking without it. Smaller sanctuary, but really neat wild life. One path had hundreds of bright orange crabs that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

If you like nature, wildlife, walking, photography, or all of the above, this is a MUST SEE attraction. My wife and I drove from Santa Teresa (approx. 1 hr. drive). It was recommended by a local that we arrive early, as the animals take refuge closer to midday to avoid the heat. Also, many animals are nocturnal. If you arrive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

Recommended for nature lovers, hikers, and folks who'd like to swim at a gorgeous unpopulated beach. My partner only had one day left in Costa Rica, and had been thwarted in our attempt to spend that last day on a boat-tour of Palo Verde. So my partner browsed the internet and found this hidden gem at the southern tip of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

I am from costa rica but this was my first time going to costa rica alone with out my parents, and have to say it was the best experience ever. I spent my birthday with the guys who work there and they were so friendly and helped give me the best birthday experience. If you like nature I would highly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

I stayed one night. My cabin was very rustic, but no problem. The water pressure is super low and bathrooms are outside of the cabins. This place is not for you if you are squeamish about spiders and lizards being in your room. It's the jungle so, there will be a lot of stuff going bump in the night. There... More 

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