Carara National Park, Carara

(4.4/5 based on 400+ 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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  • I stopped here on the way to manuel antonio. The park is nice and not full at all, from this point of view much better than manuel antonio as I found out later. I tried to get Maurice for a tour but h...  more »
  • My wife and I booked a tour of Carara National Park and had Juan Castro as our guide. Juan had a true eye for wildlife and great info on the park history. This was a fun hike with a clear path. Highly...  more »
  • A wonderful park, but I highly recommend going with a quality guide from Victours. Victor and his team are amazing.  more »
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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.