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Reserva Curu

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Reserva Curu

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Take a sailing trip to tropical Tortuga Island on this full-day trip from San Jose. Head to Puntarenas early in the morning and take a boat out to Tortuga; you may even spot dolphins along the way. Once on the island, enjoy plenty of time to swim, snorkel, hike, or feast on an included buffet lunch before returning to San Jose.
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romanshorner wrote a review Sep 2020
Munich, Germany635 contributions213 helpful votes
We had a guided tour arranged by our hotel. As it was off season, we were alone in the group. The guide showed us some special animals, especially birds and monkeys. We also saw some crocodiles. We went by small pathes through the jungle. You get real jungle experience. At the end of the trail, there is a souvenir shop. Thewhole tail lasted approx two and a half hours. Although we didn't try to swim, I not would recommend the beach, as it didn't look good. The place is also starting point for excursions to Isla Tortuga and other boat trips.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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samantha r wrote a review May 2020
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Curu was a wonderful day trip with so many fun activities available. We ended up going back a second day because we loved it so much. When you first get there go directly to the restaurant on site and make reservations for the best lunch of the most delicious typical Costa Rican lunch of either fish or chicken and veggies, plantains, rice and beans served with fresh squeezed watermelon or lemonade....and they made french fries for the kids.The ladies cooking were so delightful and really know how to cook. I wish I could have that dish again today!And it was very reasonably priced $10/person. There are many different levels of jungle hikes where you will see lizards,macaws,spider monkeys, deer,Costa Rican raccoons,and many other animals. After the hike you can relax at the beautiful beach with few others on it...maybe a few spidermonkeys so tie up your valuables or leave them in your car trunk. There are so many activities available. We went horseback riding. My son's loved it. (8 and 5 years old) it was beautiful to see the premises and take a relaxing ride on the horses. The guide was very good with the kids. They also have tours out to Tortuga island for snorkeling and other water activity tours. But unfortunalty the wind was too high the night before so we cancelled our snorkeling tour because of clarity. But the water at the beach in Curu was clear and clean and the sand was fun to play in for my boys who like the watery sand mud piles. An amazing day trip for young and old. If you are bringing young ones...don't forget to pack snacks. The hike is only about 50min or so and water and snacks are a must..especially for my little ones. So we took small breaks. It was a really great spot to spend the day. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Amy M wrote a review Feb 2020
Idaho54 contributions9 helpful votes
I visited Paquera just to go to this refuge and go on their bioluminescence tour. There are several other tours available. Since you have to be inside the refuge before the gates close at 4, there was some time to kill swimming and sitting on the beach. If you have to take a taxi here, make sure to arrange a return trip ahead of time. The viewpoint overlooking the beach is totally gorgeous as well! They boat you out to another beach for pineapple and watermelon while you watch the sunset until it gets dark. A few more minutes on the boat and you start to see glowing blue sparkles in the water, straight out of a fairy tale. Once your in the water, every move you make produces more bioluminescent activity all around you! Totally cool! There is lots of wildlife as well; deer, monkeys, coati, and raccoons.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LeAnn H wrote a review Dec 2019
Miami, Florida117 contributions9 helpful votes
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This is the best all around park in Costa Rica. It has beautiful beaches, hiking trails, lots of animals that come right by the beach, and not many tourists which is nice. Much better park than Manuel Antonio. You take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera and then drive from there. The ferry ride over is fun and has beautiful views on the way. You can also take tours to surrounding islands from here as well. Be sure to walk up to the mirador. They have a cafeteria that serves lunch for $10 per person with good local food.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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MarcJana wrote a review Jul 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada11 contributions7 helpful votes
The Curu Reserve is privately owned and operated on a few hundred hectares of property close to Paquera on the Nicoya Peninsula. As of our visit, the cost of entry to the Reserve is 15 US Dollars or 9,000 Colones. Once inside, you can hike several trails and picnic on the beach for no additional charge or you can pay extra for horseback rides and water activities like a 3 hour launch trip to Tortuga Island. The Tortuga Island trip includes snorkeling gear and light refreshments of fruit and water. We saw monkeys, deer, and another small mammal we could not identify while walking the Finca de Monos trail. We also took the Tortuga Island trip, which was nice and cost $30 per person. There were plenty of fish where they took us to snorkel, but no coral was evident. The water was only medium clear, not particularly noteworthy as an underwater experience. The cove at Tortuga Island is crowded with day-tripping launches from Puntarenas and busy with skiers and other water sports. The island scenery is very nice. It all just seemed a little too commercial.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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