Carara National Park - Vacation Condo Rentals

It ranks among the most popular due to its close proximity to the capital city, and the wildlife which runs rampant throughout the park, will impress any nature enthusiast. The 5,242-hectare park borders the Pan-American Highway, so you can literally step from your car and enter the last significant stand of primary forest of its kind on the Pacific coast.

Carara is a great place to stop off for a quick hike on a trip up or down the pacific coast any time of the year. If you are headed to or from slothful beach bumming, take a few hours to explore a trail.

The park host 10 of the rarest hardwoods in the country, it also offers some of the rarest and most spectacular animals of tropical America.

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Many endangered and threatened species live and breed here, like the American crocodile and the Purple Heart tree. Carara is also considered a sanctuary of the rare and beautiful Scarlet Macaw.Carara, 20 km south of Orotina and beginning immediately south of the Tárcoles bridge.

Carara (the Huetar name for crocodile) is unique in that it lies at the apex of the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems.

A climatological zone of transition from the dry of the Pacific north to the very humid southern coast and is a meeting place for species from both.

The Visitors Center (Centro de Visitantes, tel. 506/200-5023, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. low season, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. high season, $8 admission. 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 for the survival of many species of wildlife that may be viewed here.

It is a quick drive to Los Suenos Resort, Manuel Antonio Park and acclaimed surf breaks of Jaco Beach, Hermosa beach is the perfect paradise for sport fishermen, surfers, birders, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone in search of the good life, or "pura vida" as they call it here.

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