Carara National Park, Carara
(4.4/5 based on 340+ 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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  • After reading many positive reviews, we decided to hire Mauricio (mauriciovasquezpizarro@gmail.com) as our tour guide. And we're so glad we did. He pointed out so much wildlife that we never would hav...  more »
  • We went to Carara National Park late morning and Maurice introduced himself to us. We liked Maurice Vasquwz's presentation and decided to hire him. Despite late morning, not best time for wildlife act...  more »
  • Fairly easy walk on good pathways. The guides look out for things to see and are knowledgeable. Don't forget the insect repellent! 
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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.