Carara National Park is one of the smaller and not so touristic parks. It's an excellent place to observe the scarlet macaws. There are about 100 of these beautiful birds who have there home here. There are two paths, a short one (800 m) near the entrance and a long one (4 km) 500 m from the Tarcoles bridge. The longer one has a broad path going...more
On your way to Jaco/Quepos don't forget to have a stop just before or after the bridge at Tarcoles. Go onto the bridge to the centre and look down in the river. Here you can find american crocodiles sunbathing.Be aware, though, don't leave valuables in the car and make sure it is closed. I've read some stories that it is a favourite place for...more
Not too far from Carara NP in the direction of Jaco, there is a good place to eat. The restaurant has enough parking space in front of the building with supervision, (don't forget to tip the guy about 500 colones), and a nice view of the ocean at the back of the restaurant.
They serve local and american-styled dishes for an average price. Take your time, though, because the service is rather slow.
You can pay cash or by creditcard.
The best way to get to Tarcol Lodge is by private car.You could rent a car in San Jose and drive there or you can book a tour with Rancho Naturalista and split the time between the two lodges.If you do the latter they will furnish the transportation and meet you at the airport or your hotel .more
Several robberies have occurred in the past. If you are planning to walk the Laguna Meandrica Trail (long trail near the Rio Grande), ask the park rangers at the visitors center about current conditions. Avoid parking at the trail when there is no supervision. Give the boy at the gate of this trail a tip (500 colones or 1 USD) and he will watch...more
The scarlet macaws are beautiful yellow-red-blue coloured big parrots and measure around 85 cm (33 inch). There are only about 500 left in Costa Rica of which about 100 can be found in Carara NP. We saw about 30 of those big parrots, all together gathered in some trees. If they are around, you can't miss them because they make a lot of noise. We...more