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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Pearland, Texas
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Pearland, Texas
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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.

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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 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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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 

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Boone, North Carolina
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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 

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philadelphia, pa, usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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 

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Elon College, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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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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stoneycreek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We decided to do this park as an after thought and so glad we did. It reminded me of an African safari, driving with no one around except the monkeys. We were forced to stop our car because a troop of white faced capuchins decided to lounge on the road. Also saw the howlers, one spider monkey (unfortunately in captivity... More 

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Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nicoya

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