Tarcoles Bridge
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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,672 contributions
    Nice stop
    This is a nice stop on a road trip through Costa Rica. It is on an important road in the country. Just take a look for 15 minutes and you will see a lot of crocodiles. There are very big ones too. We saw 14 crocs laying and swimming. Don't feed them! They are wild.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 23, 2023
  • GinaBif
    Metuchen, New Jersey94 contributions
    Worth the stop!
    We stopped on our way from La fortuna to Manuel Antonio and we're not disappointed. There were so many enormous dinosaurs. Such a site to behold. We also saw a pair of scarlet macaw right next to the bridge. Definitely worth the stop!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • mrpetsaver
    Canmore, Canada1,209 contributions
    Crocodiles
    Nice for a quick stop to look at the crocodiles. You don’t see much from up on the bridge just a lot of crocodiles relaxing in the river. However, the souvenir shop seemed to have the cheapest t-shirts from our travels $14US.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 11, 2023
  • David
    6 contributions
    A must see along the way
    I give this a thumbs up for three reasons: 1 - the bridge is the main road! There is no driving out of the way to stop and see the crocs. 2 - it is free! 3 - The crocs are pretty darn cool. There is also some touristy shopping at the edge of the bridge. Good coffee shop and some cute little stands. If you have time the Crocodile Man tours on a boat are VERY cool and worth it (the other company not so much).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom270 contributions
    Definitely stop off if you’re going by!
    This is on a popular route from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio so you should pass through it. You can park for free at the start (some may offer to watch your car for a small fee, the choice is yours!). It’s only a 20 minute visit but a great chance to see some crocodiles in their natural habitat but also from a distance and there’s no danger!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Ready2gotoparadise
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana15 contributions
    Worth the stop
    Like everyone has said, don’t park anywhere shady, don’t leave valuables visible in your car, and be aware of your surroundings. That being said, we had a great experience here. Easy parking right before the bridge. A man guided us to a close parking spot, but didn’t ask for money (we tipped him on our way out). There are people trying to sell things on and around the bridge. The crocodiles were out and basking so the top was definitely worth it. Saw the scarlet macaws flying also. Its. Very short stop (15 minutes) but worth it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
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Ready2gotoparadise
Baton Rouge, LA15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Like everyone has said, don’t park anywhere shady, don’t leave valuables visible in your car, and be aware of your surroundings. That being said, we had a great experience here. Easy parking right before the bridge. A man guided us to a close parking spot, but didn’t ask for money (we tipped him on our way out). There are people trying to sell things on and around the bridge. The crocodiles were out and basking so the top was definitely worth it. Saw the scarlet macaws flying also. Its. Very short stop (15 minutes) but worth it.
Written January 4, 2024
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myriam_traveltips
Montreal, Canada21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We stopped 5 minutes at the southern side of this bridge from Jaco to see the crocodiles. We locked the doors of the car and closed the windows. When we got back, my cell and backpack with wallet and camera were gone. There are obviously thives who just wait for cars to stop to rob you, they act fast and they are well organized. We looked for my bags on the side of the road with policemen 10-15 minutes after the robbery and didn't find anything. By the time I canceled my credit card, they had time to spend 1300$ in grocery and online shopping!
On top of that, there wasn't much to see, only 1 tiny crocodile.
If you stop there, make sure you do on the northern side of the bridge, where there is more people and activity. And watch you stuff!
Written December 29, 2023
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Christine F
Sugar Land, TX142 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Located on the Rio Tarcoles, you will pass this on the way from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio as well as from Manuel Antonio to San Jose. Muddy river full of crocodiles of various sizes. Yes, some do look like logs and many are hidden under the bridge or in the water; nonetheless, it's worth a look. Plus he and food are not bad.
Written August 4, 2023
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Georgia M
Lincoln, UK270 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is on a popular route from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio so you should pass through it. You can park for free at the start (some may offer to watch your car for a small fee, the choice is yours!).

It’s only a 20 minute visit but a great chance to see some crocodiles in their natural habitat but also from a distance and there’s no danger!
Written July 28, 2023
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mvanroy
Merelbeke, Belgium729 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
When travelling or driving on route 34, this is an easy stop to see some cool crocodiles for free and from close (but safe) distance. Just before the bridge is a big parking area and then you just need to walk a few minutes along the main street (there is a pedestrian path on the bridge) to see the crocodiles resting in the river or on the small island. We saw 4 beautiful animals. Across the cross you can find some small souvenir shops and restaurants for loading up before continuing the drive to Manuel Antonio or beyond.
Written July 17, 2023
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David
6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
I give this a thumbs up for three reasons:
1 - the bridge is the main road! There is no driving out of the way to stop and see the crocs.
2 - it is free!
3 - The crocs are pretty darn cool.

There is also some touristy shopping at the edge of the bridge. Good coffee shop and some cute little stands.

If you have time the Crocodile Man tours on a boat are VERY cool and worth it (the other company not so much).
Written June 28, 2023
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ayalasibanda
Greater London, UK414 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
It was lovely to see them in their environment.
Free parking by shops, there are loos and refreshments. The police were out ensuring all was OK.
It's breathtaking seeing them 'live'
Written April 11, 2023
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mrpetsaver
Canmore, Canada1,209 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Nice for a quick stop to look at the crocodiles. You don’t see much from up on the bridge just a lot of crocodiles relaxing in the river. However, the souvenir shop seemed to have the cheapest t-shirts from our travels $14US.
Written April 11, 2023
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traveldoc65
Cockermouth, UK2,203 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Incredible experience to view the crocodiles in their natural habitat from the safety of a high bridge. A great stopping point on our journey from Manuel Antonio to Arenal
Written April 4, 2023
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Davethetraveller47
London, UK477 contributions
Feb 2023
The Tarcoles bridge is one of those places that a lot of tourists visit to see the crocodiles. you will see them but from above so it's best to get on a boat trip along the river, where you will see much more.
Written March 9, 2023
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