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Carara National Park

#5 of 12 things to do in Tarcoles Features Animals
Pacifico Central de Costa Rica | 17 km de la intersección de Coyolar carretera a Jacó, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
+506 8889 6061
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You can spend several hours watching wildlife

I saw several capuchin monkeys, birds and lizards. I also saw a sloth very high up in a tree, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LISA W
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Encinitas, California
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Great park for birds and wildlife

Spent 2 days here and could have spent a couple more. Excellent trails and abundant birds and... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Merrill L
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Boone, North Carolina
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Pacifico Central de Costa Rica | 17 km de la intersección de Coyolar carretera a Jacó, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw several capuchin monkeys, birds and lizards. I also saw a sloth very high up in a tree, a poisonous snake right by the path next to a tree and two young raccoons playing. I could hear Howler monkeys but never saw them. Take...More

Thank LISA W
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Spent 2 days here and could have spent a couple more. Excellent trails and abundant birds and mammals in primary rainforest. We saw many scarlet macaws including a pair at a nest cavity right next to the trail, agoutis, white-tailed deer, howler, capuchin, and spider...More

Thank Merrill L
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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....More

Thank MAKDup
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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...More

Thank ChristineLR
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
Reviewed 4 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...More

Thank BRubin510
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...More

Thank HdBOss
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...More

Thank TMWildMed
Reviewed 29 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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ddm1164
What does Maurice charge to take two people on a guided tour in the park?
24 December 2016|
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Response from Zora410 | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember. Email him, he is always prompt in his replies.
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How much does it cost for a tour guide of the park? Is the entrance fee 10 US $? Is there food/cafe in the park? thank you-
26 May 2015|
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Response from sarah p | Reviewed this property |
Hi The entrance fee was $10 US and they take US money. The park is very basic and small compared to the others and does not have food or drinks available and bring alot of water with you! (You may also want to bring toilet... More
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