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Barra Honda National Park

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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica

This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.

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Great- but NOT for the impatient traveler!

Pros- interesting cave experience, unlike any in the US (Luray Caverns, Meramac). After the ladder descent, there are basically no lights, no paths, no safety equipment. You just... read more

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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pros- interesting cave experience, unlike any in the US (Luray Caverns, Meramac). After the ladder descent, there are basically no lights, no paths, no safety equipment. You just climb down through the (dirt covered) rocks at will. Pretty fantastic for a teen boy! Cons- The 2km uphill, rocky mountain drive from the ranger hut parking lot to the cave parking... More 

Thank Ann Michele S
Karlsruhe, Germany
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the guided cave tour and were completely satisfied. It is a great experience climbing down the 17m ladder into another world. After reaching the main hall we climbed down to another part of the cave switched off the lamps and experienced a darkness I have never witnessed before. The guides were very good, showing us a lot of... More 

Thank Peter S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great experience! We were the only ones in the cave with our guide Mariella. You go to 2 different parts of the cave with education about formation and she spoke excellent English. The cave is warm and dirty- no jackets needed! Took about 3 hours from sign in to finish. Highly recommended. You have to hike to get there and... More 

Thank Fam5sb
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Our experience was pretty different than what I read on here. We drove the park ourselves. The google maps GPS address was way off. Here are the actual coordinates to the entrance 10°10'31.8"N 85°22'19.1"W. We stopped at a small hut and paid the $30 a person, and were given helmets and directions. There was no guide with us until we... More 

Thank Michael H
Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This was the best cave experience Ive ever had! The hike to get to the caves alone was incredible! We saw lots of monkeys in the trees on the walk up to the caves. Once at the entrance we got all setup to lower down into the caves. If you have a fear of heights this may not be for... More 

Thank Jon B
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

If you love caves, you need to visit Barra Honda. Take the national park guide tour and you will walk along slightly rugged paths and learn a lot about the plants and trees of the area. Our tour guide was Yanys and she was great. The viewpoint look out (Mirador) to the farmlands and the Gulf of Nicoya was spectacular!... More 

1 Thank elcydMinnesota
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The true beauty of Costa Rica isn't the club scene, it isn't the Spring Break wild nights, its the once and a life time experience to go on a true quest. To step right into Jurassic Park, face the elements as an adventurer, and come out a modern day Indiana Jones(minus the small Asian child following you around). Barra Honda... More 

12 Thank ushuias
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We had the chance to visit Barra Honda last week for an unforgettable tour. This place is amazing! Our group was led by two local guides: Saturnido and Jenny. It was an all-Costa Rican group that day so our tour was given in Spanish. We hiked through the forest towards the cavern with Saturnido, a local man with more than... More 

2 Thank Gianfranco G
St. Augustine, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Went here for a hike and cave tour. A little pricey for what it was. First the trek was a little rough but got to see monkeys, frogs, and iguanas. Our guide was great (no English) but funny in his own way. Now the cave, buckled in and started the decent. Got to bottom and felt a little sketchy, slippery,... More 

1 Thank r99e00i02
Maple Ridge, Canada
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! The hike in is well worth it! Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about the history and flora and fauna of the area! The caves were spectacular!

1 Thank Lorne S

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