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Carara National Park

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Carara National Park - Admission Ticket
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Carara National Park - Admission Ticket
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“manuel antonio”(36 reviews)
“scarlet macaws”(69 reviews)
“bird watching”(15 reviews)
Carara National Park is south of the Rio Tarcoles and 15 km north of Jaco Dentral. It boasts of a large population of breeding scarlet macaws, capuchin monkeys, anteaters, parrots, aracaris, kingfishers old growth forest and is a transistional...more
Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 November 2015

Please kindly indicate if you found this review to be helpful so I know where to concentrate and focus my efforts in reviewing for TripAdvisor, many thanks! First of all, one thing to keep in mind is that the park (just like Manuel Antonio) is...More

20  Thank jjluke
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 February 2013

we went there from jaco by public bus and asked to be droped at the bridge. ( its about 2km passed the park, you can go there and there's about 30 crocodiles chilling in the sun all year long. so we tought it was a...More

6  Thank jean-francois l
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked a 3h tour through Carara National Park and our guide's name was Antonio. He really knows his park, were to spot which animals and was able to give us a lot of information about those animals! You should definitely bring mosquito spray and...More

Thank jessicakutcher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mauricio Vasquez! Yep- that’s what makes it from a good visit to an exceptional visit! Pay the money and request Mauricio. He is so knowledgeable, funny, kind & truly understands how to make your hike an experience. It was my wife and I and Mauricio’s...More

Thank JasonHames
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at the park around 9h45 and I was happy to see that Mauricio was there! We hired him and do not regret it. He was passionate about his job and everything he could show us.He was able to see birds, frogs and so...More

Thank Montrealguy67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maurice/Mauricio Vasquez, remember the name. Best guide in the Country. We saw so many things we would not have seen and hired him to take us to another Park the next day. He spotted the smallest things and wildlife we couldn't see until he pointed...More

Thank Grady C
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Another great place to visit and the eco research is great , would recommend it here and it’s got loads of animals too xxx

Thank clairer1965
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Wear mosquito repellant and get ready for a tropical rainforest experience. Mostly a scenic, simple trail through the forest, lots of natural, calming beauty. It is rainy, but a cape should suffice. You can have your choice of trail, according to your time frame, and...More

Thank Ana C. A
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Arrived at Carara car park entrance right when they were opening the gate at 8am (rainy season start). NO hassles with car parking people! No fee for parking! I asked the person selling me the entry tickets ($10USD each) about park guides. He said they...More

3  Thank OhSusannaAustralia
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We went here to look for Macaws because it is “virtually guaranteed that you will see them.” However, the birds nest here and leave early (7am) to go look for food. Therefore, no macaws and very few birds at 9AM. We did see agouti and...More

Thank BigColbyDr
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Definitely the least interesting park amongst the ones visited during our trip to CR (Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Tortoguero, Cahuita). We ended up hiring a guide at the entrance named Maurice/Mauricio as we had always enjoyed the company of one for our previous trips to parks....More

2  Thank Mario P
Reviewed 16 June 2018

A treasure trove of wildlife away from the crowds. Amazing sightings of Scarlet Macaws in the wild as well as capuchin monkeys. Our guide from Toucan Tours (arranged by Costa Rica Expeditions) was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and enthusiastic. A true National Park Gem.

1  Thank lgovsib
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12 March 2018|
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Response from nettzoo | Reviewed this property |
You do not need an SUV to visit Carara. The entrance to the park is right on the main road and once you park you will walk in on the trails leading from the main entrance. No car is needed inside the park.
3 March 2018|
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Response from JOHN1292 | Reviewed this property |
When I went to Carrara in January, there was a guide named Carlos hanging out near the ticket booth. I hired him and he was very helpful. From my experience get a guide, they know where to look for the wildlife.
Josh W
22 December 2017|
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Response from SamaraInfoCenter | Reviewed this property |
I agree. In fact, I thinky it may take longer to get on the road so you are best off waiting to go the next day and this way you do not feel rushed.