Barra Honda National Park

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Barra Honda National Park
4.5
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This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
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Al Noroeste de la Ciudad de Nicoya, Guancaste, Costa Rica 22 km, Nicoya 50201 Costa Rica
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ264 contributions
Not worth the price!
May 2021
This cave is way overpriced. I paid $13.56 to enter the park and that is the price of the parks and you can probably see animals and do some nice hikes. The mirador had a nice view and we saw a group of capuchin monkeys.

However the cave was a joke. It cost $20 for the guide and $8 to rent the helmet with a very weak flashlight and harness they secure you with while climbing down a ladder of 17 meters. We then walked down about 30 meters to look at some nice formations and that was the whole tour. If you were by yourself and not waiting for others to climb down the ladder I don't think you would be in the cave more than 20 minutes. Pretty disappointed to spend over $40 for this.
Written May 7, 2021
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467patricia
Munich, Germany175 contributions
Dirty! Unfriendly!
Mar 2021 • Solo
I’m speechless!
I have been at Barra Honda NP close after
Lunch time, but they haven’t let me in.
All Park Ranger were there, the lady to get the entry paid, a security guy...

But they have decided to close the park earlier!
Why?
I haven’t received an answer!
They hanged out a handwritten paper that they closing at 1pm, so working half day.

Looked like they decide week by week how long they would like to work!

I wouldn’t be angry, if they closed the park and went home.

The thing is, all employees were just sitting there, waiting till their official working day is over. Played with their mobile devices, cleaned their cars, hanging around and doing nothing.

I have been the only tourist,
but is that less worth to let me in?

In parallel, the bath room in Barra Honda NP are disgustingly dirty and with no water! These ones were the dirties toilets I have ever seen in 5 weeks in Costa Rica!
Instead hanging around, the employees could have cleaned the bathrooms!

I’m speechless how such a behavior can be accepted by local Barra Honda NP administration!

@Barra Honda NP - let me know if you would like to recap.
Written March 5, 2021
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Jorge V
San Jose, Costa Rica380 contributions
Great hike and good food afterwards
Nov 2020
We weren't able to go down to the caves due to the pandemic, but we still had a good visit to the park. There's a hiking trail leading to some waterfalls and the cave entrances. There's a lookout point with an amazing view of Guanacaste. That alone makes the visit worth it in my opinion.

Additionally, you can pay a bundle that includes the ticket and a lunch after you're done, which was also really good, at a little restaurant near the park. It was a really nice way of supporting local businesses.
Written November 26, 2020
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Daniela B
Anchorage, AK104 contributions
Amazing experience ever!!!
Oct 2019
I guess i never in my lifetime make something as extreme as the expedition to the caverns, so far was a great and complete workout (not for people with health issues) jajajaja i really enjoy the effort for make it possible, was a challenge for complete, the guide was right before started the experience and recommended us bring more water, lots of hike, wildelife, she take the time for explain to us with a map and a wildlife guide all the plants and animals species we found during the route, the trail for car and 4x4 was closed due damage for severe rains so was longer than usual, but we really enjoy it a lot. The view of Barra Honda town was priceless, i recommended watched first before the caverns and seat for a moment on the chair and rejoy with that awesome view.
Written November 16, 2019
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Skip S
Anchorage, AK23 contributions
Good balance of hiking, caving, viewing at lookout
Mar 2019 • Couples
$62 for two tourists. There are toilets at the pay point. Drive 2km on a challenging dirt trail—would not have liked to drive it without 4x4. Hike 1km gently upward sloped shaded trail—do not take your eyes off the ground: lots of big rocks to maneuver around. Expect to see some iguanas. Miguel, the baleyer, spoke very little English, but was able to communicate what we needed to know adequately. We left our backpacks with Miguel and all remained safe while we went down into the cave. Bring lots of water to not only drink, but you’ll want to liberally wash your hands afterwards to remove the bat guano. The ladder climb is tense, but I’m a fit 64 year old with no ACLs and managed it. The hike to the lookout is worth it. The bamboo gazebo is beautiful. I saw some cliff swallows there.
Written March 10, 2019
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karen_from_ontario
Breslau66 contributions
Nice
Feb 2019 • Couples
We visited the caves here. The hike to them was nice. It was disappointing that they didn't have an English speaking guide. It would have been nice to communicate more intellectually with her. We only understood a small portion of her explanations to another Spanish speaking family in our group. The caves were nice but only saw a couple of areas as other areas are closed for safety issues. The caves by La Fortuna are more expansive but you get wet touring them. These ones are dry. The way down to the caves you are harnessed in as you climb down ladder. Getting back up takes upper body strength to pull yourself straight up ladder (you are harnessed in again). The ladder is well secured and does not move. Felt very safe. Saw some howler monkeys and birds during the hike.
Written March 6, 2019
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Paul K
Vancouver, Canada294 contributions
The trails and viewpoint are worth the visit
Feb 2019 • Couples
Almost all reviewers talk about the caverns, but we just self-guided it on the trails and to the fantastic viewpoint. The road to the park is OK; the road up the hill from the park office not so much! But we made it to the first parking lot in a small 2wd sedan, and the walk from there to the top (and around the trails) was quiet and scenic. Workers were just completing a new covered platform at the Mirador lookout; the view was fantastic. Lots of iguanas, monkeys, a coati mundi family, butterflies, etc. made this trip worthwhile. Others who did the guided walk and cavern tour raved about those too.
Written March 3, 2019
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Nicoya Fishing
Nicoya, Costa Rica6 contributions
Going down the tiny rope ladder and through the tight crevices inside the cavern really gets your adrenaline pumping
Nov 2018
The Barra Honda National Park caves contain hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites formations all around. These have been slowly sculpted by the hardening materials contained in water droplets that drip from the ceiling. Snakes, spiders, bats and cockroaches live among the Barra Honda caves. Endemic species of small fish and blind salamanders have been also found on the Barra Honda National Park in Nicoya.
Written November 15, 2018
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danrobe2007
Moncton, Canada213 contributions
Hidden Gem in the Hills
Jun 2018 • Couples
The first thing you have to know is that information varies on when the caves are actually open. They are open year round, but occasionally access is restricted due to wet conditions, making exploring the cave unsafe. You can just hike around the park, which is interesting in itself, as there are howler monkeys and other species of creatures throughout the park, but the cave is the true "must see", especially if you've never been caving before. You must pay for the guide for cave access. The cave is accessed by a long ladder and you are safely harnessed in, but the climb back up is somewhat physically demanding and the cave floor is very slippery. (Soft soled shoes are recommended.) The caverns offer several interesting formations and our guide had us turn off our head lamps (provided in the cost of the tour) and stand in the dark. The cave is home to little bats that ignored our presence completely. Our guide was able to point out birds that we would never have seen on our own, as well. Definitely worth the visit. Go if you can.
Written August 6, 2018
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Christine L
Montreal, Canada37 contributions
Nice afternoon walk...
Jul 2018
The trail is well maintained and beautiful. We saw a group of coatis and the view from the Matador viewpoint is stunning. You absolutely need a SUV/4x4 in order to get there in one piece. The road is bumpy. Bring your phone or camera in order to take a picture of the trail map...they don't provide a copy.
Written August 6, 2018
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