Carara National Park is a national park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located near the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It was established on April 27 1978, as a biological reserve, but its growing popularity after 1990 forced the government to upgrade its category to a national park in November 1998.
What to expect:
  • The Carara National Park has the only transitional forest of the Central Pacific, which produces a diversity of flora and fauna, where species from dry and humid forests converge.
  • 480 species of plants among trees and shrubs, being 14 endemic species and 29 species considered rare and endemic.
  • 124 species of reptiles, that is, 53% of reptile species in Costa Rica (234).
  • 112 species of mammals, being 47.8% of the total of these species in the country (237)
  • 62 species of amphibians, that is, 32.8% of the 189 amphibian species of Costa Rica.
  • 420 bird species, 47% of the 893 species reported in the country, considered one of the most important sites in CR for the observation of birds in their natural state.

Carara National Park is located just 9.3 miles (15 km) north of Jaco 

The park opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent. The Tarcoles River, which borders the park and flows into the Pacific Ocean, is an amazing place to witness the American crocodile close up. Boat tours are available to see them, as they can be up to several meters in length! At the mouth of the Tarcoles, the Guacalillo mangrove plays a vital role in the survival of many species of wildlife that may be viewed here.

  • Length of tour: around 2 hours of guided hike plus driving time. Carara is located around 30 minutes away from Jaco-Los Sueños. 
  • Times available:  there are guided tours at various times of the day but availability varies daily, please email us for specific times on your dates. 
  • Includes: park entrance fee, air-conditioned transportation, a bilingual guide at the park.
  • What to bring: comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sun block, insect repellent, hat, camera and binoculars.
  • Price: $105 pp for 2-3 people.

*This tour can be combined with the crocodile tour the same day.