Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

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Parque Nacional Santa Rosa
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Historic Sites • National Parks • Battlefields
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Ed98052
Redmond, WA13 contributions
Apr 2021
My wife and I made a reservation at $15 USA for today at 11am. Arrived and was told that most of the hiking areas are closed. We spent 1 hour and 15 minutes there which included eating out lunches in our car. This was not worth it this after after 1 hour 30 minute drive.
Written 4 April 2021
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Matt19611
Reading, PA109 contributions
Jan 2020
There is a historic building here dating to the 18th century and some very old stone corrals. This was the site of the bulk of Costa Rica’s limited war history when William Walker, an American Lawyer backed by the Confederacy attempted to invade the country with his band of mercenaries, The armed citizens rapidly beat them back.
Anyway, for us the main attraction in this park is Playa Naranja. the park costs about 9,000 Colones to enter (maybe $8?) and you can’t go to the beach without playing. The problem is there is a VERY rough road for 6.7 miles to the beach. We had a small Suzuki rental 4x4 and we were able to do it- but it took an hour 20 minutes each way and we bottomed out 4 or 5 times. If you don’t have 4x4 experience and or a higher clearance 4x4, you might not want to attempt it. There is no potable water so bring your own. The beach is 4 miles long and very few other people are there, It’s known as a good surfing beach and people also come in by boat to surf here. We loved it here as there were so few other people, “Witch Rock” aka “Roca Bruja” is a giant boulder sitting a few hundred yards off shore. If you have the time, go.
Written 26 January 2020
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SamaraInfoCenter
Playa Samara, Costa Rica1,519 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The park itself is huge. The Casona was interesting and offered a lot of information about the area, the culture and Costa Rica back then. We did not have a 4x4 so we were unable to go to the beach but we hiked to the lookout point and it was stunning.

Other than that road, the rest was OK to drive without a 4x4. Most of it was paved.

I would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Written 7 May 2019
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Pissed Off Reviewer
Voyageurs National Park, MN124 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This natural park is not the typical park because the forest is dry. However to my surprise it looks beautiful although it is so different.
Written 14 April 2019
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0911janiceb
Buckhurst Hill, UK235 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Very hot day but enjoyed a guided walk around the park . There is lots of flora to learn about and how plants can be used fgor different things . An interesting display at the Hacienda to finish off .
Written 19 March 2019
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Eric Faw
Richmond, VA17 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We saw iguanas and black & red squirrels on the hike and then saw a large grouping of howler monkeys in the bare, low trees in the parking lot. The monkeys were so low that it provided excellent views and also great video and pictures. Even with a 4x4, we did not attempt to go very far on the rough road to the beach,
Written 27 January 2019
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clairer1965
Weymouth, UK1,025 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Another fab trip here , I loved it , we saw loads of animals and monkeys and we all loved it , would recommend xxx
Written 22 September 2018
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Carole M
25 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I have been to SR National Park twice... Jan. 1985 and August 2018. This is not a place for industrial tourism... very little infrastructure. If you want an army of helpful guides with spotter scopes, ready to hire and networked effectively to track monkeys and birds, go instead to Manuel Antonio NP or Monteverde. SR is a wonderful park with fairly few visitors, like Cedar Breaks or Kolob Canyon in Utah or Organ Pipe Cactus in Arizona. The forest canopy is only 15-20 m overhead, so it is easier to spot monkeys and we found capuchins and howlers on our own. Recommended hike is 8 km return to Mirador Los Patos. The first 3 km is along the 4wd track to the beach and you'll see why only high-clearance vehicles should try it to Playa Naranjo. Unless you can levitate your Corolla over the rockfield like Yoda, don't take your car. Wikipedia/Google 'acacia ants' before you go and read up: if your reaction is OMG awesome, then you must go here or to Carara NP, another place with splendid sights and relatively few tourists. Be aware it is very warm to hot here with limited midday shade, and mosquitoes may be challenging evening and nights. Bring ample water bottles.
Written 27 August 2018
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AGCATransplant
Austin, TX34 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We had an excellent guide from Swiss Travel, who was very knowledgeable about birds and wildlife around th park. He was native to Costa Rica and could identify birds by their calls. We spent a few hours in the park, admiring the birds, hiking the trails and visiting the hacienda (farmhouse). It was beautiful walking around, experiencing the nature, and learning from our guide who knew a lot about the park and about the battle that took place there. A fun nature hike that was a great historical experience.
Written 16 August 2018
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Zydeco_Librarian
Vermont, Vermont10 contributions
Apr 2018
Preserving the dry forest is very important and I wish we were able to see more of it. Last year's storm washed out the road so the Los Patos trail is closed. I would recommend camping in the park in the dry season to see more wildlife. I hope that the government and international funders will find the money to rebuild the road.
Written 2 May 2018
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