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Curu National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: | Paquera, Puntarenas, Nicoya, Costa Rica

Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.

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First, things we loved! The beach, the calmness of the water, the uniqueness of the VERY simple cabin, the location of the cabin, right in the woods, the wildlife around the... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

First, things we loved! The beach, the calmness of the water, the uniqueness of the VERY simple cabin, the location of the cabin, right in the woods, the wildlife around the cabin..... We ordered a pre-paid meal which a local woman cooked for $10 US each. After the trail we came back to the restaurant and ate it alone. It... More 

Thank suzieqGRENADA
Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

In order to warn other tourists and perhaps save lives, please read the following if you planed to chose the long hiking trail in the park of 5km / 2h to Playa Quesera: We visited the National Park Curu ("Refugio National de Vida Silvestre Curu") yesterday and were attacked by a crowd of cows (50 plus) in the park on... More 

Thank 0815-Alexander
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is an amazing place where you are going to be surrounded completely by nature. The sea is pretty calm. If you like to go away from the city and be completely alone I would recommend you here. You need to take a stove, cooler, plates and all tools to survive otherwise buying food there is a little bit expensive.... More 

1 Thank Mauricio A
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We would have loved to camp in Costa Rica, but it wasn't possible. Staying in one of the rustic cabins in Curu was the next best thing. Maybe even better. We loved being lulled to sleep by waves on the beach and woken up by howler monkeys. We loved the birds singing and iguanas and coatis hanging around the cabin.... More 

2 Thank mary b
Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is a beautiful small park, with some great walks. I stayed in the cabins on site. The cabins are quite simple but peaceful and just steps from the beach. I enjoyed sitting on the beach to see the stars and to watch the sunrise. Truly spectacular. I spent two days enjoying watching the monkeys (howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and... More 

4 Thank ctbpny
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This review is for the experience and not a measure of relative value. We stayed here for 2.5 days and saw more monkeys than anywhere else on our holiday. There are several hiking trails, but we really enjoyed the snorkeling trip to Islas Tortugas. On our snorkeling trip, we spent two hours in the water and saw tons of fish.... More 

4 Thank lmb32
Victoria, Canada
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Returned to the refuge after 10 years, hardly recognized the main grounds and cabins. Pluses; much better hiking trails to allow wildlife viewing, much better signage on the trails, cabins have definitely been upgraded. Minuses; the main area has gotten a little junky with lots of old machinery lying around, too commercial with many tour operators operating from the beach.

2 Thank oxford2017
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is one of those spots that you really will appreciate to visit, there are lots of activities to do, it is located in a small bay and the beach does not have big waves, the wildlife is abundant and you will get to see deers, monkeys, raccoons, and lots of birds for granted.

3 Thank Luis R
Arlington, Texas
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed spending the day at Curu. Got there shortly after the 7:30 opening so we could see as much wildlife as possible. We were not disappointed. At the administration center, we saw capuchin monkeys and coatis. We also saw capuchin and howler monkeys on the trails and a family of coatis roaming through the trees. The trails were well... More 

3 Thank BBTX60
Milan, Italy
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Curu is a privately-owned wildlife reserve on a small part of a large farm, still owned by the family who founded the park. The owners' overseeing - and in some cases, direct management - of park activities - is evident in the atypical (for Costa Rica!) attention to detail - if you go early in the morning, you find the... More 

7 Thank PuravidaPlaya

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