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Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park

#1 of 7 things to do in La Virgen Features Animals
Main Hightway | halfway between Tortuguero and Arenal, La Virgen, Costa Rica
+506 2761 0801
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Great hosts, nice to do with children!

Dave and his father (Dave as well, hence the name of the park:-)... spare no effort to make you... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
HansAW78
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Mol, Belgium
A Birder's Surprise in the Interior of Costa Rica

In April, we were on our first day of an exploration of the interior of Costa Rica. Out guide... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gilbert F
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Surry, Virginia
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This BBC Wildlife Magazine and National Geographic published destination offers a 2 hour guided tour by the owners. The tour begins with a brief history of the nature park followed by visits to Dave & Dave's Mirador and the Hummingbird Balcony. Tour start times: 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3 pm. Reservation required at least 1 hour before the tour. Price per adult $40. Childrens rates available. Free delicious coffee and Wi-Fi.
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“his son” (23 reviews)
“bird watching” (29 reviews)
“the owner” (29 reviews)
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Main Hightway | halfway between Tortuguero and Arenal, La Virgen, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Dave and his father (Dave as well, hence the name of the park:-)... spare no effort to make you feel at home. They are great hosts who actively involve the children in feeding the birds, walking through the park,... We spotted beautiful species of birds...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In April, we were on our first day of an exploration of the interior of Costa Rica. Out guide Sergio (Costa Rican Tours) stoped at David & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Pavilion on our way to Arenal. We didn't even get out of the vehicle...More

Thank Gilbert F
David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Gilbert, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this excellent review! It was a blast sharing the Nature Park with you. Your support makes it possible for us to offer this same great experience to our future guests. Best of travels and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because we are amateur birders and photographers, we decided on the 5-hour experience, starting at 7 am! As luck would have it, we were the only people there, giving us complete access to both pavilions (one focused on hummingbirds) and to the owners, Dave &...More

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David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this excellent review! It was a real pleasure meeting the both of you. Your support for our project makes it possible for us to continue to save more Costa Rican rainforest. We wish the two of you the best of health...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our group stopped by Dave & Dave's to learn about plants, animals and birds of Costa Rica. The father has been in Costa Rica for over 40 years transforming the former palm orchard back to the lush and inviting rainforest habitat. I was quite impressed...More

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David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for this excellent review! What a fun morning we spent with you and the entire group as we sang happy birthday to John and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Nature Park. We hope to see you again. Thanks for your support! Your...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

This place is the best one to easily see birds in Costa Rica but is quite expensive (USD 40, without a guide). You can also easily take pictures of birds, even if they are not really in the forest. Moreover, Dave is really a nice...More

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David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Greetings from paradise! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this great review and for sharing your photos. It was a pleasure for us to share the history of the park and show you around. Thanks for supporting our project.

Reviewed 1 June 2017

Dave and his son Dave, are Americans who opened this nature reserve some 10+ years ago. They have built two covered observation decks from which to view and photograph birds. Several perches are set up with food to bait the avian. These are customed to...More

Thank Nikongal
David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us this excellent review! We really appreciate your support for our project. It was a pleasure showing you around. Thanks again for spreading the word!

Reviewed 31 May 2017

My wife and I stopped into Dave & Dave's for our second visit a few weeks ago and we enjoyed this visit even more than the first. They now have a lovely trail that leads down to a creek where we saw a Royal Flycatcher,...More

Thank Gianfranco G
David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Gianfranco thanks so much for writing this excellent review! It was a pleasure as always and we are looking forward to your next visit. Best of luck with your tours. We send our best to you and Tracie. Your amigos Dave & Dave

Reviewed 22 May 2017

Dave and Dave (father and son team) were great to work with, saw lots of birds, humming birds and best of all a Royal Flycatcher with full crown! They both were so knowledgeable and offered help, including bird identity. Can't say enough about the experience.More

Thank Jeff S
David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Greetings from paradise Jeff, So glad you were able to get a shot of the Royal Flycatcher displaying the full crown. Thanks for taking the time to write this excellent review and helps us spread the word. If you plan to visit CR again please...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Family of 5.Stunning experience for all of us. Dave is wonderful as a person and very knowledgeable.More

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David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Greetings from paradise Ann-Sofie, Thank you for taking the time to write your first review for us. It was a pleasure meeting the family and getting the children involved in the guided tour. Thanks again for supporting our project and for spreading the word. Best...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

An exemplary enterprise, part of a Palm Oil Plantation gone bust and lovingly restored with native fauna and flora by the Dave's. Their enthusiasm and zeal is an example to us all of what can be achieved with dedication. Food for the Birds is put...More

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David L, Owner at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Greetings from paradise Paul, Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review! It was a pleasure sipping coffee with you as the hummingbirds buzzed all around us. Thanks for supporting our project. Your friends Dave & Dave.

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Jeff J
6 January 2017|
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Response from David L | Property representative |
Greetings from paradise Jeff, Great to hear you will be visiting us next month. We are looking forward to meeting the three of you. Our 4 day package differs from 4 consecutive days as we include a pizza lunch on each day... More
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Jeff J
27 October 2016|
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Response from David L | Property representative |
Good morning from paradise Jeff, There is another hotel named La Quinta Lodge. There is public transport via local bus from Selva Verde Lodge. Tirimbina is withing walking distance. Transport from La Quinta is best via... More
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Charlie D
2 March 2016|
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Response from David L | Property representative |
Hi Charlie, sorry for the long wait on this response...I just saw your question this morning. There is a lodge just 500 meters from us named Tirimbina. There is also another lodge named Selva Verde Lodge just 10 mins away... More
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