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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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We had a fantastic hike around Gandoca- Manzanillo national park but to really get the best experience you need a private guide and that is exactly what we did. We got to see a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Please, do yourself a favor and don't go! We met a young couple by the Miss May point today and they just got robbed by a masked man with a big machete. He only wanted money from them but as we were going through the previous reviews I hink they were very lucky. The park is nice but too dangerous,... More 

Thank tezzzka
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice park in the beginning, we were two people, suddenly we were robbed out by an aggressive man with a mask and a machete...So when you go there, never without a guide or in a bigger group...Dangerous!!!

Thank Doreen K
London England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fantastic hike around Gandoca- Manzanillo national park but to really get the best experience you need a private guide and that is exactly what we did. We got to see a huge Boa Constrictor, Sloths, Howler Monkeys, Poison dart frogs, Huge ants and spiders and much more. Lovely place to visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

If you want something different, try this place. You will see things here that you don't see in other parts. Its just so peaceful here.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We went on a hike here (with Abel Bustamante who has a page on TripAdvisor) which was great. He helped us see lots of animals and learn about many plants. The part of the park that's by the beach is beautiful and there's a mirador (viewpoint) where you can get a great view of Manzanillo beach.

Thank sashajam
Fergus Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This reserve is free. There are amazing beaches for swimming, surfing and snorkelling. There are well marked trails through the area and lots of wildlife and birds to see. We did a four hour round trip hike of moderate difficulty .

Thank kira983
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Florentine and his 17 year old son gave us a detailed 6 hour hike through the preserve rainforest, pointing out snakes, monkeys, sloth, sliders, toucans and many other species of flora and fauna Included was a journey through his personal fruit and medicinal herbs garden. Wonderful day...Affordable. Our friend from the US joined us with our teens to make for... More 

Thank Roger P
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

There is a lovely 1.5 hour hike through this park, ending at Punta Mona which has a lovely beach with a couple of benches in the shade. I downloaded a map off the internet, note that one of the 2 main trails is overgrown and not passable. Once you get to the section of the trail requiring a short walk... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

You can just walk into the Wildlife Refuge Gandoca from Manzanillo town strolling through the beach. Gorgeous beaches that change with the terrain, sandy, rocky, a beach for every one.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Very popular spot for swimming and snorkeling. Cross the bridge into the park and follow the picturesque path to some secluded beaches.

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