Carara National Park

Carara National Park

It has an extension of 5.242 hectares and is located at the river mouth of the Río Tárcoles, some 50km along the highway some 90 km to the west of  San José via the Orotina highway. It is surrounded by farming land and pastures, and is an oasis fro wild fauna that inhabits this wide area. The tropical rain forest os more northern that the Pacific Coast, in a trasitional area of dry tropical forest that is situated more to the north. There are archeological sites that you can only see with a guide. If you are driving from  Puntarenas or San José, you will need to take a left turn after you cross the bridge over the the Río Tárcoles, also known as Crocodile Bridge. You can frequently see crocodiles on the mud banks under the bridge sun bathing. Open from 7:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

 

How to arrive and leave

You can take any bus that goes to Jaco, Quepos or the Manuel Antonion National Park and ask for them to stop at the entrance or close to the bridge.