Carara National Park, Carara
(4.4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great day at the Park national carara. On arrival we have long hesitate to take a guide (counted 35 people to enter + Park) and we have not been disappointed at all. I recommend Gabriel vargas (Facebook: Gabriel vargas cararatour) did we take away from the beaten paths and we allowed to see a dozen of macaws, a koatie, a lot of Capuchin, toucans, agouti and I certainly forget. To take full advantage of this park and observe macaws a guide is necessary in my opinion.
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  • This national park is smaller than Manuel Antonio, but way less crowded. We used the guide services of Exon Torres of Ecowonders Travel. He is knowledgeable, pointing out botanically interesting trees...  more »
  • not a lot of animals. That said we had not taken a guide. Smaller than most of the parks in Costa Rica but also less expensive ($10), the ride is also more accessible to people with difficulties has to move. So if you stay Jaco, why not
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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.