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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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beautiful privately owned nature reserve

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
dannerd
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philadelphia, pa, usa
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philadelphia, pa, usa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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stoneycreek
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Quebec City, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 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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