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

Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Carara National Park Bird Watching Tour
More Info
and up
Carara National Park Tour
More Info
and up
Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Hiking in Carara National Park
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“maurice” (42 reviews)
“trail” (95 reviews)
“wildlife” (83 reviews)
Highway 34, Carara, Costa Rica
+506 2637 1054
Write a Review
Reviews (438)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 438 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our 5th trip to Carrara with a guide in the last 13 years and we never get disappointed. After stopping by the bridge to see the 18ft crocs we spend 3-4 hr exploring. This was the first time we saw toucans and the...More

Thank Robert P
Reviewed 6 days ago

A visit to CR wouldn't be complete without a visit to a rain forest. Carara is unusual in that it transitions from a "dry" forest to "rain" forest. Thanks to our private guide, AntonioVindas, we saw animals we never would have spotted on our own,...More

Thank doyouski
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had an excellent tour of Carara National Park with an excellent tour guide. We had been to Manuel Antonio the previous day which we felt was very crowded with groups of 15 or more wandering noisily around. In Carara we were all by ourselves...More

Thank lwhat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Carara National Park in early morning. Pleasant walking trail with lots of things to see. The interesting mix of coastal and mountain fauna. We watched as a group of Spider monkeys swing and play through the trees. We saw several Scarlet Macaws.

Thank Frank B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, easy walking trails in a neat ecosystem. We saw lots of black/green poisonous dart frogs, iguanas of all sizes. We did not take a guide, but if you can afford one it would be a good way to learn about this special ecosystem. Don't...More

Thank chelseyrobb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked Carara better than Manuel Antonio. But, don't consider doing the park without a guide. We used Maurice, who has a great sense of humor and is a bird expert. He knew exactly where to find specific birds, and could spot things we couldn't...More

Thank jonconklin415
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at about 9.30. The whole set up Is fairly basic. So we paid our tickets and were approached by Maurice Vasquez Who offered to be our guide for $50 for the 2 of us. Money well spent! We saw loads, much of which...More

Thank jimnhet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a guide for a two-hour birdwatching tour and he took us to the remote northern part of the park where you need to tip someone to watch your car for you. He pointed out three sloths for us, including a mom and her...More

Thank Wanyin T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw anteaters, aras, tucans, reptils, monkeys and a lot of other small animals. For this pleasant roundtrip we needed about 3 hours.

Thank ruthwessel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We read the great reviews that Mauricio received so on our visit to the park, we looked for him to hire as our guide. What an awesome tour. He could see I was into the birds so he tried very hard to show us all...More

Thank Borteg
Nearby Restaurants
Restaurante Vista Mar
63 reviews
4.65 km away
Restaurant Los Toneles
80 reviews
7.70 km away
Steve & Lisa's Rest
48 reviews
2.05 km away
Soda el Guacimo
31 reviews
5.38 km away
Nearby Attractions
Jose's Crocodile River Tour
441 reviews
1.73 km away
Riders Adventures
38 reviews
7.84 km away
Jungle Crocodile Safari
210 reviews
2.36 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
HI, I want to visit this attraction on my way out of Manuel Antonio. I would like some recommendations on a guide. Can I hire one that works at the park? if so please advise who and contact info I think we are leaving our hotel in Manuel anotonio around 6. Also do you know how long the drive is from Manuel Antonio?
16 March 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Ugurd | Reviewed this property |
It should take you a bit over an hour, it's ca 80 km (50 miles). We were in a group that had arranged with a guide at the park. That should be possible for you too but I don't know how you contact them. Found this number on... More
What are the options of paying the entrance fee at the park gate? Do they accept credit cards normally or only do cash advance on credit card like Manuel Antonio?
7 March 2017|
Answer Show all 7 answers
Response from 2CAtravelers4ever | Reviewed this property |
We used credit card for park entrance, but have cash for your guide and his tip!!! Don't do the park without a guide!!
Jill S
Can anybody recommend an excellent guide who we can pre-book for a morning door of this park? How much should we expect to pay?
2 October 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from vict0urs | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Víctor Mora is a great Guide!! You can pre book ! 87233008 his phone
Google Translation