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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife...

Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

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Best Birthday Ever

I am from costa rica but this was my first time going to costa rica alone with out my parents, and have to say it was the best experience ever. I spent my birthday with the guys... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ivette C
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am from costa rica but this was my first time going to costa rica alone with out my parents, and have to say it was the best experience ever. I spent my birthday with the guys who work there and they were so friendly and helped give me the best birthday experience. If you like nature I would highly... More 

Thank Ivette C
Boise, Idaho
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I stayed one night. My cabin was very rustic, but no problem. The water pressure is super low and bathrooms are outside of the cabins. This place is not for you if you are squeamish about spiders and lizards being in your room. It's the jungle so, there will be a lot of stuff going bump in the night. There... More 

2 Thank BigMexicofan
Halifax, Canada
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a truly amazing place and wildlife is abundant everywhere! You do not even need a guide! You only need to walk the trails and follow the signs to see all kinds of amazing wildlife! When I went with my family this March we saw coatis, spider monkeys, deer, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, porcupines, crocodiles and crabs. We... More 

Thank soccersyl15
Pearland, Texas
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334 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Such a great time. We took a boat out to Isla Tortuga then jumped in the beautiful water for snorkeling. We then boated to a little beach where we were served fresh fruit. Saw a nice pack of white faced monkeys too. Great day.

Thank Jonfo1969
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We decided to do our Open Water Diver certification at Turismo Curu with Luis, the owner of the company. At the moment that you enter in the nature reserves, you have a near contact with a lot of animals (monkeys, dear, birds,..) and you are in a very nice jungle. When you arrived to the beach, the view is so... More 

Thank Nina B
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We stayed at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort for our honeymoon May 17-23. We decided do to the Curu Wildlife Tour that was set up through the resort. Our tour guide, Eduardo, was excellent! He was so knowledgable about the area and wildlife that we had a great experience and saw many different animals! The grounds were well kept and the... More 

1 Thank jenw2012
Boone, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We happened to enter the preserve with the intention of getting more information about the boat tours to Isla Tortuga. What we did not expect was to pay for the preserve just to get down to the waterfront. At the roadside entrance you are charged $10 per person or 11,000 colones per car and handed a map of hiking trails.... More 

Thank MullisDen
philadelphia, pa, usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We were staying in the Santa Teresa area and saw that Curu was one of the nature reserves in the area and since Costa Rica is well known for their national parks and reserves we decided to visit Curu. We are glad we did - they have a very nice gift shop, you can reserve boat trips to the off... More 

2 Thank dannerd
Elon College, North Carolina
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My sister and I booked the night kayak tour with http://www.turismocuru.com and it was one of the coolest things I have ever done. The bay has bioluminescence so it glows in the dark. You paddle out around sunset and get to watch the sun going down. You will get to a beach, greeted with drinks and fresh fruit while it... More 

3 Thank Jillian S
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I was introduced to the Curu Wildlife Refuge as a result of it being the starting point for a few days of kayaking with Seascape Kayak Tours. It is a great site to visit. Even if you are simply coming to the park for the day.

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