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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Nicoya
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.
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Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great plave to go!! as soon as you arrive, you are greeted by whitefaced monkeys all busy playing in the trees. It is a quiet place for exploring the many trails with a map and choices of Kayaking, swimming, scuba diving. The beach comes alive at night with cute hermit crabs. There are many critters to see... More 

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Austria
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We recommend to stay there overnight at one of the basic, but very cheap bungalows. This gives you the opportunity to watch the wildlife late in the evening, at night as well as early in the morning - before all other day-trip visitors may arrive. The bungalows are simple but ok - the animals roam around the bungalow in the... More 

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Montreal
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was my second stay at Curu, the experience is worth the stay. Howler monkeys waking you up at 5 in the morning, deers running in the fields, white face monkeys jumping from tree tops. It is unique. The cabins are basic, there is no luxury there. Food service was not available but we booked 2 hours before arriving so... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Synopsis: Saw wildlife; well established trail but amateur-ish; place to swim the bay; have a picnic; there is souvenir shop; restaurant; restroom; shower; you can charter a boat to Isla de Tortugas. Recommend for a day excursion. Bring food, bathing suits, insect repellant, sunscreen. The Reserve indicates it closes at 3 pm. Entrance fee: ₡11 mil colones per car. We... More 

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We booked a Curu Tour with Eduardo a naturalist who has been doing private tours for many years. He charged $75 per person for a 3 hour tour which was listed as including a jungle tour & beach tour of flora and fauna. We saw howler monkeys, and macaws before even getting to Curu on our ride up. Eduardo pulled... More 

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neworleans
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you want to be assured to see a monkey on your trip, you will see lots of white face and howler monkeys. Also, they offer a 3 hr snorkel trip that is $ 30 pp includes equipment and a fruit snack. Quite a good value. We hired a guide to walk with us ($ 15 pp), he was great... More 

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Paris, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Booked for a 2-dives to Tortugas Island First dive was among the worst I did. Didn't so the second dive, even as the owner said there was no refund. Visibility was about 10ft. Staff doesn't seemed concerned with customers safety nor satisfaction. PADI advised as the basics safety rules don't seem to apply here ! The recipe for a diving... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I stayed at Curu about 16 years ago, and brought my teenaged kids back for a real back to nature experience. I'm sad to say that it was a real disappointment. It looks like the cabins are set up as dormitories for students, and are not at all comfortable - many small rooms with bunk beds. We were the only... More 

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toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

between Tambor and Cobano (closer to the former) the Curu Reserve is well worth the drive, not only for the animals (which the other reviewers mention), but also for the wonderful walking trails, the direct access to the beach and the possibility of going snorkeling at Tortuga Island.

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Curu National Wildlife Refuge was a beautiful, serene place to visit for the day. Hiking, kayaking, a beautiful beach and not many people around to spoil it all! For divers, Turismo Curu was an AMAZING experience. The staff are all locals, and they have so much knowledge about the marine life in the area. Someone posted a very negative... More 

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