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Golfito National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Golfito, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
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+506 8665 5705

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One hike was very easy. Saw spider monkeys but not anything else. Surprised there weren't more birds. 2nd hike was to a waterfall and it was challenging, having to cross small... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is not ready for prime time. It appeared that the trails were cleared a day or two before. No animals, no birds and very hot and humid. I think it has some promise, but not yet. Not even hummingbirds.

Thank lovetohike1111
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

One hike was very easy. Saw spider monkeys but not anything else. Surprised there weren't more birds. 2nd hike was to a waterfall and it was challenging, having to cross small fast moving streams. One person in our group fell in the water and another sprained his ankle. Walk carefully and a walking stick is helpful. Waterfall was very pretty.... More 

Thank C W B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Beautiful from the air. The Golfo is clear and beautiful, one of only three tropical fjords in the world, with Corcovado National Park on one side and Piedras Blancas on the other. Both are spectacular parks, well protected and full of wild life.

1 Thank boblittlerhinostudio
Neily, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Some reviews for this place are mixed up for Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Golfito Wildlife Refuge is a protected area managed by SINAC- MINAE. I recommend this place for birdwatchers and travelers wanting an easy hike in secondary and primary rainforest. Trails are well maintained and is easy to access from Golfito town. NO animals are kept in captivity here. Therefore,... More 

2 Thank Alejandra R
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Be ready to walk several miles. But wildlife is super. Dress cool. Shorts + light shirt. Bring the camera. Hiking shoes best, not flip-flops.

Thank Bill S
Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

One of the prettiest places I have been in my entire life. I would honestly have my ashes spread here after death if that was an option-- it leaves THAT kind of impression on you. What more can you say?

Thank Myke C
bishops stortford
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220 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Golfito itself is a very small town and a walk reveals a good internet cafe and a rusting steam loco as the main highlights. Tours start from the harbour where the cruise ship docks and the trip to the National Wildlife Refuge commences on a small speedboat. Great opportunity to see dolphins and other fish but the boat did bounce... More 

Thank barry m
Leicester, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

There were two parts to our walk with our guide one to a waterfall and a shorter circular walk. It was a hot day but it was good to be mainly under the tree canopy. We saw a variety of wildlife and heard lots more! It was a good place for photography. The only problem was there were quite a... More 

1 Thank PhilipLeic
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32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Beautiful location. Lots of wildlife. Very passionate about their animals and the proper care for them. Very neat to be able to get close to the animals. Make sure to bring a camera!!

Thank Casey H
Cartago, Costa Rica
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218 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016

We had a great time and it was peacefull. WE didn't take any tip. The weather was a little nasty. The beach was nice and windy

Thank sueanncanny

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