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“Easy Access, Beautiful Waterfall”

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The dirt road to the waterfall is easy to miss off the highway, so be ready! Once you make that turn, it's a short drive to the entrance (cost is $7US/adult - 12+ are considered adults but there are discounts for seniors & students if you bring an ID). From the entrance, it's about 2 km to the parking lot - there's a bathroom and a parking attendant so your car should be pretty safe. There are stairs leading down to the waterfall so it takes maybe 3 minutes to get there from the parking lot- some steps are steep, but overall it's not bad. The waterfall is beautiful and the water temperature is refreshing! There's a lifeguard and you aren't allowed to get too close to the waterfall, but it's still a fun swim! Some locals came up to us and asked if we wanted to go to another smaller waterfall a few minutes away where we could jump off the rocks - we decided to go with them, and we were so glad we did! It was awesome to have them as guides to show us which spots to jump into. They work off tips and we decided to tip them $30 afterwards for taking our family of 7 to such a fun spot. Definitely look for them!

3  Thank Hayley L
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

If you are driving through Costa Rica, don’t miss this beautiful spot in the Guanacaste Province. We were driving from Tamarindo to Arenal, when we found this beautiful waterfall in the route. The entrance is $7. Waterfall is just a few steps from the parking lot, Water is refreshing and the landscape is spectacular. This is a must to do in Costa Rica. I haven’t heard of it before I go but I don’t regret it.

Thank Jose C
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

My family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) visited last week for the second time. This was our first visit since the local government took over the operations. Cost was 4000 colones for adults and 2000 colones for children >6. The falls are gorgeous and the water pleasant for swimming. As others have stated, they've now added lifeguards and one can no longer get very near the falls. The plus is the changing and bathroom facilities which were not present before. My kids enjoyed playing near the shore with the hundreds of little fish that are in the water. There are plenty of shady areas to sit and the whole area is pretty picturesque with the falls, and the small river that leads away from it. We arrived around 11am on a Monday and it was moderately busy. by the time we left around 1:30, it was getting quite busy with many locals bringing picnic lunches. Definitely arrive early if you're interested in seeing the falls in their natural glory i.e. without a bunch of swimmers in the water ruining your nature shot :)

1  Thank mel_T19
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Great little place located not very far from the beaches of Guanacaste [1 hour from Playa Flamingo]. 7 USD per adult to get in but they have a life guard on duty, secure parking a short walk away and bathrooms so you can change instead of heading out in your wet bathing suit. Bring a picnic lunch and spend a pleasurable afternoon swimming in some beautiful, clear water.

1  Thank brodyboy
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

amazing experience. beautiful, was able to swim in cool clear water at bottom of falls. sandy bottom, no water shoes needed. stone stairs leading down to waterfall. clean bathrooms at back of parking lot to change clothes. nomimal fee for park entrance for new washrooms/lifeguard and unique experience is well worth it.

2  Thank 999DarD999
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