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Monkey Park, Tamarindo

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Give something back to Costa Rican wildlife while learning more about endangered animals at Monkey Park, a refuge center for sick and injured wild animals. Monkey species, including spider monkeys, share a home with marmosets, macaws, and ocelots at this facility. What the park lacks in terms of bells and whistles, it compensates for in goodwill, putting all proceeds towards maintenance of this vital wildlife rescue center. While the park is nonprofit and pro animal welfare, the sight of creatures in enclosed cages may still upset some people. Put Monkey Park into our Tamarindo travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The $15/person was definitely worth it, especially because we knew it was going to the worthy cause of rehabilitating animals. Our guide Nancy was very personable and full of knowledge. We went with o...  more »
  • Stopped by randomly on the way to Avellanas and so glad we did! Was one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful area, beautiful animals, and the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is a mu...  more »
  • Went just yesterday. It was an awesome experience. Our guide Nancy did a terrific job explaining everything and educating us on all the animals. While it's always sad to see animals in cages, this res...  more »
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  • Hidden gem with spectacular animals in rehabilitation. Some were injured and nursed back to health, while others found a new home here due to previous careless owners. This is a non-profit sanctuary, so don't expect a typical zoo experience. Definitely worth a visit as you take a break from the beach. Don't forget mosquito repellent!
  • Stopped by randomly on the way to Avellanas and so glad we did! Was one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful area, beautiful animals, and the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is a must see for anyone in the area.
  • Awesome place! This animal sanctuary has a great staff that really knows their stuff! We took a group of kids from one of the local schools to a field trip here and our guide gave us a great tour of their facility and educated us on the importance of wildlife conservation and the mistakes people make when they decide to domesticate wild life animals. Also we had the opportunity to learn about growing and it's importance in the care of the environment!
  • Many animals but we were there on a very rainy day and it was clear that the animals didn't want to be bothered. It was good to support the park. A really cool contemporary cafe/ restaurant next door. With admission/donation to the park, you get a free drink.
  • Nice little sanctuary, worth supporting. The parrots were super talkative and fun