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- We came here in February during dry season. We came here from Santa Teresa, which is about a 30 minute drive through some bumpy backcountry roads ($50 USD cab ride per direction, $100 USD round trip). There are three different trails - short (30 mins), medium (1 hour), and long (4 hours). We did the long hike because we wanted to see the beach. We started the hike at 10am. We arrived to the beach in around 1h30 mins. Our return trip was a bit slower because we were tired, and it was more humid and hot. Overall the trail wasn't challenging. It was well demarcated/marked. You cannot get lost. There are stepping stones and ropes at many points. It was a steady balance of uphill and downhill. Most of the trail is shaded so you don't have the sun beaming down on you, but it does get very humid. The beach is amazing as there are relatively few people there. There are benches and hammocks for you to rest and sit down to enjoy a lunch break. There are even showers for you to rinse off. We saw many animals along the way including howler monkeys, deer, various birds, butterflies, etc. I wouldn't recommend this hike to a beginning. Bring snacks and plenty of water, and make sure you wear proper running or hiking shoes. Do not try to hike in sandals.Written February 27, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We went to Curu to participate in the nightly bio-luminescence tour. The tour is very reasonably priced, and included a boat ride from Curu to Tortuga Island, where we enjoyed some fruit and a short swim on the beach. After sunset, the boat took us to a nearby location where everyone was given a mask and snorkel and allowed to jump from the boat into the water. Moving your hands and feet triggered the micro-organisms causing the bioluminescence, which is a really amazing experience. Our boat’s guide translated most of what was said in Spanish for us, the only english-only speakers on the boat, although there was some confusion about when we were supposed to get out of the water. You have about 20-30 minutes in the bio-luminescent water. The whole operation ran on time. We arrived early at Curu and saw a large iguana and lots of monkeys before boarding the boats. Curu is about an hour and 10 minutes from Santa Teresa.Written January 3, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My boyfriend and I were staying in nearby Punta Islita, but found the beach there to be very volcanic and rugged with silt-filled water. We took about a 30 minute drive north (due to bad roads, not the distance) and found Puerto Carillo! The beach is beautiful! Long crescent beach - easy to walk the whole thing. Lighter sand (but still hot!), and clearer water. There are some good waves here if you like to boogie board. It wasn't too hard to get in past the break, but you need to be careful or you could get pummeled. I'd classify the water as warm.
Due to the lack of amenities, it was not overly crowded. Personally, I find that to be a good thing. No bathrooms. No restaurants. No shower/rinse facilities. There are a couple of vendors set up along the street selling coconut water, shaved ice, and a guy renting beach chairs/umbrellas. We paid $10 for two beach loungers and an umbrella and it was (necessary) heaven. There are some palms along the road that you can escape to if you don't feel like springing for man-made shade. Just be sure to bring everything else you need for a day at the beach along with you (towels, books, sunscreen, food, water, etc.) because you won't find it there!Written March 10, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- After escaping from Santa Teresa (which gets a lot of hype), we drive north. Stopped at this beach which had some trees to spread our chairs under. The water was warm and not too rough so good to swim in. There were a lot of rocks in water so good to wear water shoes. Back to playa carillo which is the nices beach we have been to so farWritten February 13, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It was great to spend half a day Paddling with Bruce, seeing turtle’s, birds, mangroves and corrals. An amazing adventure for our family of 5, (7-17 years). All kids had an amazing memorable time in a relaxed atmosphere.
As Bruce (for moment) works on his own, and is often out with clients, he responds when he is not with clients so give him time.
Highly recommend if you are in the areaWritten January 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.