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Barra Honda National Park

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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
Description: This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.

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Special Hike and Caves.

We drove to Barra Honda from Playa Negra. Staying there in April it was a bit dusty, but to be expected. Coming from Boston, it seemed almost normal to view it as an early spring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
ElenaTD
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Milton, Massachusetts
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Milton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We drove to Barra Honda from Playa Negra. Staying there in April it was a bit dusty, but to be expected. Coming from Boston, it seemed almost normal to view it as an early spring hike with summer like temps. : ) Our guide Norman was fantastic. He has been doing guided tours for over 30 years and currently does... More 

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boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Our family of 4 including an 11 and 14 year old did this. We had a driver take us from Tamarindo to the park. When we got there, 2 guides jumped in and we started up the hill. We made it halfway up before the clutch started smoking. Out we all climbed and started hiking. The hike wasn't bad. It... More 

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great experience! My family lives in the towns nearby this area and after 28 years I went for first time . Since nobody wanted to go with me I went by myself , the bad thing was that since I went alone they billed me higher , if you yo in groups of 5 people the price reduces like 10$.... More 

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Fletching, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

First off our hotel in Tamarindo told us it was closed on a Monday - it's not! We phoned ahead to check and arranged to meet "Jo" at midday. It took one and a half hours to drive from Tamarindo on pretty good roads. Once there we paid at the ranger station and proceeded to drive to the car park... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We did the caves and were expecting more from it. Its essentially just a giant hole in the ground with some stalagmites. We had to wait for 30min at the top of the cave, because the cave was full, as there was 5 people down with the guide.. I think you can enjoy your $$ better doing something else, like... More 

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The caves at Barra Honda are a must see.. The drive up to the caves requires a 4x4. We parked part way up and hiked to the caves. It is not a strenuous hike. There is a beautiful outlook on the way to the caves. Definitely worth the deviation from the trail to the caves. There was a significant wait... More 

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Waucoma, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We've been to many caverns in the US, so I wasn't expecting to see anything different. The people at the office and guide...non knew English. Lucky for us another person on the tour translated for us. The drive up to parking area...you may want a 4 wheel drive. The hike back the the cavern was fairly easy. The instructions for... More 

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Reading the reviews I was expecting something worth while here for $30 but I was wrong. The fee per person is 31usd and it's better to pay in dollars since conversion to colones makes the fee even higher. They don't accept credit cards. If you don't have a 4x4 it's not likely you'll get to the top so the hike... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It was a daylong excursion from play potero. 2 hour drive each way. Then a hike up the mountain for nearly 3.5 km to a beautiful view. The cave exploration was a fun and challenging activity., down and up a 17 metre ladder. It helps to be fit. Cost is reasonnable and guide spoke English and French...

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

getting to the cave is a feat in its own - it's hot, there are plenty of bugs, and even a 4x4 cannot traverse most of the dirt road leading to the bottom of the mountain. BUT the hour and a half climb to the cavern is well worth it! the descend into the cave is easy and the variety... More 

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