We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carara National Park

Features Animals
Review Highlights
A must see for birders

It's hot, it's humid, and there are plenty of shadows - a birding challenge. For novice and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BirdingFreak
via mobile
Hire Mauricio Vazquez Pizarro as guide!

My wife and I had a magical time in the Carara transition forest National Park. Maurice speaks very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Collin M
via mobile
Read all 195 reviews
90
All photos (90)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scarlet macaws”(15 reviews)
“poison dart”(4 reviews)
About
Contact
| 17 km de la intersección de Coyolar carretera a Jacó, Tarcoles, Garabito Municipality, Costa Rica
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Tarcoles
from US$85.00
More Info
from US$80.00
More Info
from US$30.00
More Info
from US$699.00
More Info
Reviews (195)
Filter reviews
130 results
Traveller rating
80
41
6
1
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
80
41
6
1
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews scarlet macaws poison dart ranger station costa rica manuel antonio great guide rainforest experience nice walk three hours main trail large trees wonderful trails hiking shoes dead tree bring water spotting scope years experience
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 130 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's hot, it's humid, and there are plenty of shadows - a birding challenge. For novice and intermediate birders intending to see new things and who are not familiar with Central American birds, I would strongly recommend hiring a knowledgable guide.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BirdingFreak
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carara is supposed to be a special area, being at the transition of wet and dry forests. It has a parking lot, admission wicket ($10 per person), washrooms, but no visitor centre or brochure - you are advised to take a picture of the trail...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tonye585
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a magical time in the Carara transition forest National Park. Maurice speaks very good English and is a very passionate and professional ornithologist. Not only does Mo know his birds,and he knows all the animals of the rainforest. I told...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Collin M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This guide knows his stuff. His assistant kind and helped me navigate the mud and possible loose footing. Mauricio has a good spotting scope and take shots with your phone for you. We spotted 26 birds in a couple of hours. He is well worth...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JAnnAnderson
Reviewed October 26, 2018

Sometimes serendipity is better than planning! We decided to take a hike in Carara National Park just north of Jaco, Costa Rica to see if we could see some of the beautiful scarlet macaws that make their home in that area. We didn’t have time...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Brewpubowner
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

My wife wasn’t so sure about going on a walk through t hmm he jungle. But I was able to tear her away from the pool and the beach for half a day. Our guide Maurice was extremely knowledgeable about the park, knew where to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wanderer209811
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Our First Trip To Los Suenos, First day of our vacation and its rainy season, we took a ride to this park and did a walking tour, Bring Some Bug repellant and hiking shoes lots of mosquitoes. Franklin was our guide, very knowledgeable and friendly....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vegman58
Reviewed September 19, 2018

We were taken around the Park by our Guide Maurice Vasquez. He charged $20/person and there were two of us, but it was well worth the money. He was extremely knowledgeable about the local birds. At the start he promised he would show us between...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank unmanebm
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We had been watching the macaws fly over the house were staying in for a couple of days at around 5.30-8am and knew they were unlikely therefore to be in the park. (They head back over around 4-5pm). The park is open 8am - 4pm...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ruth K
Reviewed July 8, 2018

A wonderful place to see lots of birds and other wildlife. The national park is a must see if you are in the area

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank David H
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Hotel Arenas
222 reviews
4.18 km away
Hotel Villa Lapas
333 reviews
4.36 km away
Hotel Punta Leona
996 reviews
5.00 km away
Hotel Villa Caletas
1,469 reviews
5.42 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 13 nearby restaurants
Restaurante Los Toneles
125 reviews
1.10 km away
Los Guarumos
35 reviews
2.03 km away
Restaurante Vista Mar
87 reviews
2.75 km away
LANTERNA Italian Steakhouse
156 reviews
5.98 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 13 nearby attractions
Dragin Fly Fishing Charters
71 reviews
5.98 km away
Playa Mantas
46 reviews
4.46 km away
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls
367 reviews
5.34 km away
Jungle Crocodile Safari
296 reviews
6.66 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
ddm1164
December 24, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from shenn09 | Reviewed this property |
Carara is much quieter, we seen more variety here but Manuel Antonio is well worth it for the beautiful beaches alone and you will absolutely seen plenty of wildlife also
1
Vote
ddm1164
December 24, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Zora410 | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember. Email him, he is always prompt in his replies.
0
Votes
A R
May 25, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from sarah p | Reviewed this property |
Hi The entrance fee was $10 US and they take US money. The park is very basic and small compared to the others and does not have food or drinks available and bring alot of water with you! (You may also want to bring toilet... More
2
Votes