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“Beware - Knifepoint robbery” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park
At the Far End of Main Street, Cahuita, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Cahuita
Type: National Parks
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Owner description: This coastal park contains white sandy beaches and coral reefs.
Curitiba, PR
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beware - Knifepoint robbery”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Writing right after coming back from the park. So the park was beautiful and we saw lots of animals during an easy stroll - until my wife and I were robbed at knifepoint (and machettes) by a masked trio jumping out of the woods, who dragged us back into the woods, gagged us, and tied us to a tree 200 meters from the trail - then fleed with our possessions. All the while threatening to kill us and saying we were lucky to speak Spanish because if we were "English speaking gringos" we would be dead as they hate gringos. No kidding. Luckily my wife was able to disentangle herself and set us free after a while. We ran 2 km to the nearest ranger station where they called the police and went after the bad guys - to no avail of course. By their reaction it doesn't seem to be a rare occurrence so it strikes me as odd to see no other comments about this here in TripAdvisor. The park was NOT empty and there were lots of other tourists around - we were unlucky to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when there were no others around. So if you still want to go there, go in groups, or always keep other tourists in sight.

Visited September 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Nice stroll with loads of animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Enter via Cahuita to avoid the entrance fee (but leave a donation!) The trail passes just a few meters beside the white sandy beach. it is well maintained and there are loads of animals around. It's a nice hike and when you r prepared you can enjoy pick nick or a swim as well.

Visited August 2012
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Santo Domingo, Costa RIca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Amazing place for nature lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The only thing I disliked is the lack of good toilets and changing rooms, the ones currently there are really old.

Visited August 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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“Nie beach... but crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This beach was fantastic for a short afternoon sunbathe and hike. There were a lot of people, but you cannot beat the free entrance fee :)

Visited June 2012
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Marquette, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Bad hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

we loved this -- except that we wanted to walk it during sunset and they made us leave just as we got there...I am sure it is a safety concern ...it was just too bad.

Visited September 2011
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