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Barra Honda National Park

Al Noroeste de la Ciudad de Nicoya, Guancaste, Costa Rica 22 km, Nicoya 50201, Costa Rica
+506 2659 1551
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Excelent first experience in cave exploration

The hike up is great, with a short steep beginning that could be avoided with a 4x4 vehicle... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
José B
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Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
Worth a Stop!

If you are driving from Monteverde to the coast, this is a great place to take a break and worth a... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2018
LKWendel
,
Westfield, New Jersey
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This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“cave tour” (12 reviews)
“dirt road” (5 reviews)
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Al Noroeste de la Ciudad de Nicoya, Guancaste, Costa Rica 22 km, Nicoya 50201, Costa Rica
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+506 2659 1551
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The hike up is great, with a short steep beginning that could be avoided with a 4x4 vehicle. Otherwise, very clear trail, well kept, and with abundant wildlife sounds. In terms of the caves, really only one cave is available for public in general, but...More

1  Thank José B
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

If you are driving from Monteverde to the coast, this is a great place to take a break and worth a stop. The Park is somewhat difficult to find but they do have signs (which is an improvement for most of Costa Rica) to the...More

2  Thank LKWendel
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

I'll start off by saying that the entrance to Barra Honda National Park was a bit hard to find being that my GPS was just pointing out where the actual park was and wasn't giving me the location of the actual entrance. After a quick...More

2  Thank griffinsroost
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

The cave was interesting, wear clothes and shoes you dont mind getting bat guano on climb down ladder and the long wait to climb back up again is the only drawback as you must harness up and go down wait for another to climb back...More

1  Thank Jennie K
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Visited the Barra Honda caves and hiking trails December 17, 2017. We had a rental car and the roads were good up to the ranger/information centre. There was anouther couple scoping out this site for possible excursions for their company and we hopped a ride...More

1  Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

We did a guided tour with don Jose and don Miguel who are great local guides (they only speak spanish). We drove a small portion from the main office park to the entrance where you park the car, you may need a 4x4 car to...More

1  Thank Lina J
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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
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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
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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
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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
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PeterW2257
19 March 2018|
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Response from Victoria M | Reviewed this property |
Peter: just saw your msg. Barra Honda is 1/2 an hour from the town of Nicoya (Nicoya is bigger than most smaller towns. Smaller than Liberia and San Jose but bigger than samara) there are many private lodges, B&B's , hotels... More
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Jignesh S
16 March 2017|
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Response from Marcela S |
No children under the age of 12 are allowed to visit the Terciopelo cave. There is another cave suitable for children.
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