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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

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Best Place to see LOTS of Wildlife!

We saw over 10 species of animals on our hike here. Iguanas, tons of different large butterflies, several kinds of monkeys, large and small birds, lizards, a crocodile, deer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
inFlightStew
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw over 10 species of animals on our hike here. Iguanas, tons of different large butterflies, several kinds of monkeys, large and small birds, lizards, a crocodile, deer, raccoon, agouti, and more! However we were very quiet on our walk- which allowed us to see more animals. Beware of falling fruit in the monkey trees! If you are staying... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I would say my group got our money's worth upon walking on shore. Immediately saw a raccoon and a deer and the deer actually let my friend pet it!! It's an easy hike, we did it with sandals on. You must be alert to see the white-faced monkeys, they'll just be sitting in trees, relaxing. The howler monkeys were great;... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

You must do this. Period. Total cost around $57/person. Must have a reservation. Bioluminescent swimming in the Pacific Ocean near Tortuga Island on a beautiful white sand beach. Literally the most soft sand I have ever laid foot on. My wife agreed when I took her here the other night. Juan and Carlos (Charlie) were amazing guides and were so... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We booked with Turismo Curu through our hotel. Sounded great... A tour of the refuge, lunch and the Tortuga Island trip. We have a 4 & 5 year old. When we arrived we were shuttled to the boat right away. Unfortunately it appeared the Tortuga Island portion was first. The tour to Tortuga was great! A snorkeling stop along the... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Very well maintained buildings with a gift shop and nice restaurant serving tipica foods. Monkeys were everywhere. We saw many deer, raccoon and cotomundi. We enjoyed snorkeling Isla Tortugas. Part of the charm of going early is that Curu is so close, here are only a few other people in the snorkel area which is live with lots of sargent... More 

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Virginia
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

We loved the wildlife walk on this remote island. Not crowded. Lots of wild life to view. Not a touristy trap. Good guide. It was our favorite walk of all we took. About 2 miles but there was more to see than we had time for. Accessible only by boat. Definitely a favorite.

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Canmore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

This is truly walking through a tropical jungle, so humid and listening to the howler monkeys as you walk is eerily incredible. Make sure you have some bug spray, cause they are attracted to the heat and humidity, couldn't really stop walking without it. Smaller sanctuary, but really neat wild life. One path had hundreds of bright orange crabs that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

If you like nature, wildlife, walking, photography, or all of the above, this is a MUST SEE attraction. My wife and I drove from Santa Teresa (approx. 1 hr. drive). It was recommended by a local that we arrive early, as the animals take refuge closer to midday to avoid the heat. Also, many animals are nocturnal. If you arrive... More 

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Richmond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Recommended for nature lovers, hikers, and folks who'd like to swim at a gorgeous unpopulated beach. My partner only had one day left in Costa Rica, and had been thwarted in our attempt to spend that last day on a boat-tour of Palo Verde. So my partner browsed the internet and found this hidden gem at the southern tip of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I am from costa rica but this was my first time going to costa rica alone with out my parents, and have to say it was the best experience ever. I spent my birthday with the guys who work there and they were so friendly and helped give me the best birthday experience. If you like nature I would highly... More 

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