Carara National Park, Carara

#1 of 11 in Nature in Province of San Jose
Must see · National Park · Nature / Park
Explore Carara National Park, a wildlife haven due to its transition between dry and wet rainforest. A popular hiking spot in close proximity to San Jose, the national park bears the name of one of its most prominent residents, the American crocodile. Walking along the Tarcoles river, you might see a few of these crocs, which can grow up to 6 m (20 ft) in length. Birdwatchers flock here to observe the abundance of avian life, including one of the largest scarlet macaw communities in Costa Rica. Hike through the dense rainforest for the chance to spot deer, kinkajous, frogs, water birds, and many species of monkeys. Put Carara National Park and other Carara attractions into our Carara journey maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We were concerned when we read another post about people having their luggage stolen out of their car, but decided to give it a look anyway. We parked in the parking lot right in front of the shack...  more »
  • I wouldn't waste time visiting Carara. We saw more wildlife just out and about in Costa Rica than we did here. Our guide rushed us through the tour and didn't stop long enough for everyone to see...  more »
  • We've driven past this park a few times to find that it's on the main route and usually not busy most times of the day. However, on our last trip we finally visited and found it to be a peaceful getaway from the more touristy parks like Manuel Antonio. This park has easy paths for walking, macaws, toucans, pacas, all sorts of trees and plants. If you want to get the most out of your visit hire a guide, usually one can be found at the park.
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