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Barra Honda National Park

Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Nicoya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
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Bronx, New York
1 review
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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Loomis, California, United States
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was 5 years ago so we went again. Easy to find now, great experience with a hike and then going down into the caves. There are three chambers, the guides are helpful and careful despite minimal English. You can see and touch formations of stalag mites and tites. Note-take a 4wd, from the park entrance it is 3 kilometers... More

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San José, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited the caves in a not planned trip, we didn't have the proper clothing or car. the Road is ok up to the entrance of the park but once there a 4x4 is recommended to get to the trails, you don't want to get tired walking those 2miles on a very hard climb. Something that most should be prepare... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We love the Barra Honda !!!! Fresh aire - Sunshine - Costa Rica is natural beauty. I highly recommend for and one or their families.

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Liberia, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Climbing down the ladder into a dark abyss, I questioned my intelligence until I reached the bottom and looked around. The small hole in the surface leads to a beautiful world underground with the natural beauty is simply awe inspiring. Our guide was a wealth of information both inside the cave and out, teaching us about various plants, trees, animals... More

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Summerfield
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great park rangers advising of plants, animals and wildlife - be certain to go into the caves while there

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I so wish I remember our guides' names. One spoke very good English and was extremely knowledgeable of the rainforest plants and their culinary and medicinal purposes (which my girlfriend loved as she is a chef). The caverns were breathtaking, though a bit small. They were largely unspoiled by hordes of tourists, and we were apparently the only ones to... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Although a bit expensive to get a guide it is definitely worth it. We were in a group of three people with two Costa Rican guides (guide led in Spanish, not sure how many English speaking guides they have) who talked to us about a lot of different plants (we tasted a few) and spotted a lot of monkeys, coatis,... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were 2 couples and spent half a day at the park on the 10th of February 2014. We had not made reservations prior to going but had no problems getting a tour despite not arriving at the park until noon. The drive to the park is mainly on gravel roads, no different than travelling to most other destinations in... More

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Get ready to drive on some pretty gnarly roads! If you have a car that can do it, the guides will hop in and take you up a very steep road rather than having you hike it. While the guides didn't speak ANY English, we were able to find a way to communicate through facial expressions and my limited Spanish.... More

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