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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Nicoya
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.
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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Staying have at Paquera, Puntarenas Costa Rica, I wanted to find out about Curu Reserve... The park opens at 7AM and they offer snorkeling and scuba trips to Isla Tortuga. When we got there early before 9AM, we saw a couple of tour guides stopping there with groups coming off their boats. Curu reserve is surrounded by beaches and they... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We took the trip from Curu to Isla Tortuga. We didn't have too much time to spend in Curu before our tour started, but from what we did see this was a great park. Juan was our tour guide who took us to the island. We had a great time and he was very knowledgeable and friendly. While we were... More

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This little get away is a great outing. We went twice. The first time we hired a guide to take us to Isla Tortuga. Our guide, Juan, was amazing. He was friendly helpful, and found a PUFFER Fish, and starfish for us to see. It was a great time. So good in fact, we went back another day to hike... More

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