Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

Curu National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.
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Paquera, Puntarenas, Nicoya 50201 Costa Rica
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Philippe K
Bellevue, WA43 contributions
Do a guided tour with Luis. You won’t regret it!
Aug 2021 • Family
A wonderful place that we visited with Luis who was an impressive guide. He is one of the owner and knows everything about the reserve. And he knows all the trees, plants and animals living there. We had a great experience thanks to him and we learned a lot. If you go there, ask for him. He is a very nice person and so knowledgeable.
Written August 10, 2021
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Stephanie A
9 contributions
Great relaxing day
Jul 2021 • Family
This is a great overlooked place to visit. Our family enjoyed the day here. We saw many birds, monkeys and other wild life. There are really nice walking trails. We spent the afternoon on an almost empty beach that was in a really nice lagoon. Great for children. Our teens rented kayaks and had so much fun. They also have showers and and changing rooms.
We took a horseback ride with our family of 9 all at the same time so they can accommodate a large group which was great. They staff love the animals as we saw when 3 baby birds fell out of a nest and they ran to save them. I would recommend this place.
Written July 9, 2021
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ264 contributions
Saw lots of animals!!
May 2021
I booked a cabin at curuwildliferefuge.com for $60. The price is the same for 1 or 2 people and includes the park entry. The cabins are basic but it was fine for me- there was electricity and a fan but no cell phone reception. I arrived just before 4pm- you need to arrive by then as otherwise you might miss getting a key. The trail to Quesera was closed so that was disappointing. But I took my flashlight and hiked Sendero Cangrejal and then Sendero Ceiba multiple times until dark and again at first light and saw a ton of animals. I think I might have been the only person in the park over night. I also did the snorkel trip to Tortuga and give that a wide pass- it cost 18,000 but the snorkeling was horrible. Low visibility and someone is feeding the fish too.
Written May 6, 2021
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Mari245
San Jose, Costa Rica66 contributions
Nature lovers cannot miss this!
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place is fabulous. There is ample opportunity for birdwatching, lots of fauna, nice trails, hordebackriding and two beautiful beaches. My favorite: Curú, even over the white beach of Quesera. We did the horseback trip to Quesera which takes a little over 1 hour one way, two other trails and had the best time staying in the super basic zero frills cabins! Lots of photo opportunities!
Written March 5, 2020
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Afoodie65
Cold Spring, NY1,222 contributions
Paradise??
Jan 2020
Stopped here with a Road Scholar touring group to see the animals and rainforest.
Spotted quite a number of animals.
Very good place to see and interact with wildlife.
Written February 17, 2020
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jobeth2013
Tucson, AZ46 contributions
Unique private jungle cabin
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent three nights in this wild life refuge. The experience was magical. The large cabin was simple, but had running water, indoor plumbing, comfortable beds, and a large porch with an ocean view. There were many many animals roaming wild through the tall coconut palms. We listened to howler monkeys. Families of Capuchin monkeys entertained us. We ate wonderful meals at the dining hall. We agree that this stay at Curu was the highlight of our three weeks in Costa Rica.
Written February 11, 2020
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Peter Z
Warsaw, Poland30 contributions
Paradise encountered by...accident!
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were trying to make our way to Quesera Beach as we read that it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - at first a little bit dissapointed that the access has been restricted and you have to pay and entrer through Curú National Refuge..we were super happy to do it and the visit is very much worth the money as we saw there much more animals than in other places in Costa Rica! We saw: capuchin monkeys; howlers; raccoons; coatis, costarican capibara; scarlet macaws; iguanas, deers and a wood pecker :) and we did not even get a guided tour - it was all on the trek to Quesera Beach (5km walking, takes around 1:15 minutes regular pace) - definitely worth visiting :)
Written February 9, 2020
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justpustule
Truro, UK11 contributions
great wildlife in the car park
Dec 2019
we had a day out here from santa teresa.
we saw lots of great things in the car park - raccoons, monkeys, large iguanas, but on the trails themselves - not a lot - a mud crab or two.
the whole place was dirty and dated with little refreshments available.
quite expensive for what it was.
Written January 28, 2020
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3trvlrs
Canton, GA72 contributions
Disappointing
Dec 2019
This was the part of our trip I was most looking forward to and it was a disappointment. We stayed one night in the "cabins" and left a day early. I camp and have no problem roughing it, but the cabins were dirty and gross. No shower head- just a pipe protruding from the wall. No drain- just a hole in the floor. Sheets provided but nasty. We did see monkeys, large iguanas and deer and heard the howler monkeys frequently. Our reservation was changed which also contributed to us leaving a day early. Others had the same issue. We were informed (in writing) that they have web site issues and end up double booking and people show up with nowhere to stay and they would gladly refund our money. The next morning it was a different story, BUT, after over an hour of arguing and hearing many lies on the phone with the same person who informed us in writing, we were refunded a portion of our pre-paid money for the night we didn't stay. Also note- this is a good distance (hours) to any other lodging so once there you are pretty much stuck! And not an area I would recommend driving to/from at night. I will say the food was decent and plentiful if you get their meals.
Written December 25, 2019
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DaleRachmeler
Oakland, CA469 contributions
Wildlife and birding walk into the reserve
Dec 2019
This visit into the reserve was interesting for us as we had never been there. The paths are well marked and our guides were very helpful spotting birds, lizards, and other animals. Our fellow visitors were also expert at sightings so we were treated to seeing, identifying and talking about what we were seeing. These included colorful birds such as macaws red and black, owls, black hawks, and the list goes on. We spotted small agouti (bush rat) scamper into the forest. Deer and various monkeys were also seen such as howlers and capuchins. The reserve has mangroves at the coast moving on to littoral woodlands with semi deciduous and deciduous trees of all sorts. You do a wet landing from the Sea Lion boat we were on and then a three mile hike into the reserve, a great morning activity.
Written December 10, 2019
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