Carara National Park, Carara

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National Park
Explore Carara National Park, a wildlife haven due to its transition between dry and wet rainforest. A popular hiking spot in close proximity to San Jose, the national park bears the name of one of its most prominent residents, the American crocodile. Walking along the Tarcoles river, you might see a few of these crocs, which can grow up to 6 m (20 ft) in length. Birdwatchers flock here to observe the abundance of avian life, including one of the largest scarlet macaw communities in Costa Rica. Hike through the dense rainforest for the chance to spot deer, kinkajous, frogs, water birds, and many species of monkeys. With our online itinerary creator, Carara attractions like Carara National Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The three hours we spent touring the trails was amazing. So much wildlife if you just slow down, remain quiet and bring a set of binoculars.  more »
  • We had no thought to stop at Carara, but a change in plans led us to it and was a success. The Park is beautiful, very quiet and full of animals. Explore it on their own is nice, but do it with a guide is highly recommended. We were lucky to have to Juanjo who made the visit a luxury.
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  • We were there pretty early. Unfortunately too late for the macaws, but before the onslaught of the busloads. Of course as in every Costa Rica National Park you will be approached by "Parkguides" and gets their services for $20 P.p.. offered. As always, we have decided, however, and went well. Just chill strolling through the Park and a little look, then you can discover a lot. If you pass by the ruthless groups of visitors and a little waiting for back rest and the one or the other Woodpecker or monkey can be spotted.
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  • Hard to get to if you don't have a car. But its a nice park. Watch out for crocodiles around the rivers!
  • Excellent national park. It is handicap accessible in all its territory, with ramps, wide paths and even animal sculptures for blind people.
  • Lovely park with well marked and paved trails. Easily accessible for young children. There are guides there to show you round but we didn't hire one. Went to see the macaws and weren't disappointed.
  • Beautiful park, very easy to access. Very close to Jaco and close to San José.
  • Very interesting park. Park has 4 trails. We went with a Guide and he showed us different birds.