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Barra Honda National Park

Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Great- but NOT for the impatient traveler!

Pros- interesting cave experience, unlike any in the US (Luray Caverns, Meramac). After the ladder... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Ann Michele S
via mobile
Great cave!

We did the guided cave tour and were completely satisfied. It is a great experience climbing down... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Peter S
Karlsruhe, Germany
via mobile
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This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Nicoya, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Pros- interesting cave experience, unlike any in the US (Luray Caverns, Meramac). After the ladder descent, there are basically no lights, no paths, no safety equipment. You just climb down through the (dirt covered) rocks at will. Pretty fantastic for a teen boy! Cons- The...More

2  Thank Ann Michele S
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We did the guided cave tour and were completely satisfied. It is a great experience climbing down the 17m ladder into another world. After reaching the main hall we climbed down to another part of the cave switched off the lamps and experienced a darkness...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Great experience! We were the only ones in the cave with our guide Mariella. You go to 2 different parts of the cave with education about formation and she spoke excellent English. The cave is warm and dirty- no jackets needed! Took about 3 hours...More

Thank Fam5sb
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Our experience was pretty different than what I read on here. We drove the park ourselves. The google maps GPS address was way off. Here are the actual coordinates to the entrance 10°10'31.8"N 85°22'19.1"W. We stopped at a small hut and paid the $30 a...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This was the best cave experience Ive ever had! The hike to get to the caves alone was incredible! We saw lots of monkeys in the trees on the walk up to the caves. Once at the entrance we got all setup to lower down...More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed 8 January 2017

If you love caves, you need to visit Barra Honda. Take the national park guide tour and you will walk along slightly rugged paths and learn a lot about the plants and trees of the area. Our tour guide was Yanys and she was great....More

1  Thank elcydMinnesota
Reviewed 4 October 2016

The true beauty of Costa Rica isn't the club scene, it isn't the Spring Break wild nights, its the once and a life time experience to go on a true quest. To step right into Jurassic Park, face the elements as an adventurer, and come...More

12  Thank ushuias
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We had the chance to visit Barra Honda last week for an unforgettable tour. This place is amazing! Our group was led by two local guides: Saturnido and Jenny. It was an all-Costa Rican group that day so our tour was given in Spanish. We...More

2  Thank Gianfranco G
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Went here for a hike and cave tour. A little pricey for what it was. First the trek was a little rough but got to see monkeys, frogs, and iguanas. Our guide was great (no English) but funny in his own way. Now the cave,...More

1  Thank r99e00i02
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! The hike in is well worth it! Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about the history and flora and fauna of the area! The caves were spectacular!

1  Thank Lorne S
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15 April 2016|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
No its not essential but if you plan to go caveing then yes as you give the guides a lift from the ticket office, further into the park. The road is tarmac up to a certain ammont then gets rougher but a any car can go use... More