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Carara National Park

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Address: Pacifico Central de Costa Rica | 17 km de la intersección de Coyolar carretera a Jacó, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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+506 8889 6061

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Good for family

Easy accessible, good paths. There is no long distances, large descents or big lifts. It made this park perfect for families with a young kids. Either there you can meet some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kaunas, Lithuania

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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This review is based on 'Juver' who refused to sell us entrance tickets as he wanted to go home early. It states the park is open until 4pm. We arrived just after 3pm after being stuck in holiday traffic on our way to the park. 'Juver' refused to allow us entrance. There were 6 of us in all in 2... More 

Thank MAKDup
Kaunas, Lithuania
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy accessible, good paths. There is no long distances, large descents or big lifts. It made this park perfect for families with a young kids. Either there you can meet some forest frogs, animals and of course birds. Bird watching is on the top here.

Thank Dzeikob
Jacksonville, Florida
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46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Breaking up the drive from San Jose to Quepos we stopped at Carara National Park after stopping at the Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles. The place was empty. After reading the reviews I was leaning towards NOT hiring a guide but am SOOO very glad we did. Franklin was the "Rain forest whisperer" we saw things that we would have NEVER... More 

Thank ChristineLR
Memphis, Tennessee
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

You can never tell what you'll see when strolling through the park. We appreciated the relaxed atmosphere and easy parking at the park entrance. Far different from the crazy chaos approaching Manuel Antonio Park located to the south.

Thank bilbo42
Lake Forest, California
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178 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

On January 27, 2017 we visited. Bring bug juice and sun screen. Be prepared for a long walk, mostly flat and easy. Bring water! Before heading out, tuck your pants into your socks to help prevent ticks from getting onto you. We saw so many bird species that without our guide it would have been impossible to i.d. them. Also... More 

Thank BRubin510
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We arrived too late to get a guide into the park. So we walked on our own. We were told we could do only two out of the three circuits, which we did. Saw some agouti's and woodpecker. also did see Macaw. But the best was when we almost exited the park. We bumped into an anteater. That was the... More 

Thank HdBOss
Ithaca, New York
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127 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Carara National Park is a gem hidden in plain sight. Most people drive right by it on the way from San Jose to Jaco or other southern Pacific beaches. It is worth a stop. Excellent trails and the Tarcoles River, with its stunning macaws. Carara is ideally situated between the drier northern Pacific and wetter southern Pacific, with a huge... More 

Thank TMWildMed
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74 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We saw nesting scarlet macaws and capu hin monkeys, among other wildlife. Spectacular trees! Highly recommended, also easy to reach including from San Jose

Thank CaribbeanFreunde
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Range Rover in the parking lot? You're in for a treat, for $25 each + $10 for admission you'll get a fantastic guide. His English is perfect and he actually calls out to the birds and they respond. Agouti, Capuchins, tapir, sloth (very rare) and bats, birds, macaws...this man knows the trails...because he made them.

Thank Phil W
San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We hired Carlos Z for a birdwatching specific tour through Carara. We had planned on only a two hour outing. It ended up being a four hour journey. After Carlos picked us up and delivered us to the Park, the bird sightings never stopped. From the elusive tinamou to nesting scarlet macaws, this Park lived up to our expectations. Also... More 

Thank Ckrenzel

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