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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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Smaller park, but diverse walks

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Canmore
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank Erron W
Richmond, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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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1 Thank DSK369
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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Thank Ivette C
Boise, Idaho
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I stayed one night. My cabin was very rustic, but no problem. The water pressure is super low and bathrooms are outside of the cabins. This place is not for you if you are squeamish about spiders and lizards being in your room. It's the jungle so, there will be a lot of stuff going bump in the night. There... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a truly amazing place and wildlife is abundant everywhere! You do not even need a guide! You only need to walk the trails and follow the signs to see all kinds of amazing wildlife! When I went with my family this March we saw coatis, spider monkeys, deer, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, iguanas, porcupines, crocodiles and crabs. We... More 

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Thank soccersyl15
Pearland, Texas
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352 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Such a great time. We took a boat out to Isla Tortuga then jumped in the beautiful water for snorkeling. We then boated to a little beach where we were served fresh fruit. Saw a nice pack of white faced monkeys too. Great day.

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Thank Jonfo1969
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We decided to do our Open Water Diver certification at Turismo Curu with Luis, the owner of the company. At the moment that you enter in the nature reserves, you have a near contact with a lot of animals (monkeys, dear, birds,..) and you are in a very nice jungle. When you arrived to the beach, the view is so... More 

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Thank Nina B
Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We stayed at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort for our honeymoon May 17-23. We decided do to the Curu Wildlife Tour that was set up through the resort. Our tour guide, Eduardo, was excellent! He was so knowledgable about the area and wildlife that we had a great experience and saw many different animals! The grounds were well kept and the... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We happened to enter the preserve with the intention of getting more information about the boat tours to Isla Tortuga. What we did not expect was to pay for the preserve just to get down to the waterfront. At the roadside entrance you are charged $10 per person or 11,000 colones per car and handed a map of hiking trails.... More 

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