JD's Watersports in Costa Rica

Carara Biological Reserve is one of Costa Rica's most biologically-diverse National Parks. It is home to an enormous variety of plants, birds and animals, including about 300 Scarlet Macaws.

Carara is located on the Central Pacific Coast, about 30 minutes North of Jaco. It is in a transitional zone rainforest area: it is between the dry North Pacific Coast and the very wet South Pacific Coast. Thus, Carara features plant and animal species from both areas. This means there is a tremendous abundance of wildlife in this area.

Thousands of species of trees, heliconias, tillandsia, orchids, insects, mammals and birds live in Carara. Some of these species are native only to the Central Pacific Coast region.

Our professional guide will lead you through this spectacular primary rainforest reserve on a non-strenuous 1.5 - 2 hour guided hike. We regularly see white-faced (Capuchin) monkeys, Howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, sloths and hundreds of different plant and animal species.

The trails in Carara are accessible by almost everyone and are not strenuous. They are generally in good condition and not steep.


(Includes tour & professional guide.) Entrances to Carara Biological Reserve are $7 per person. Entrances to the reserve and transportation are not included in this price. Transfers from San Jose, Puntarenas, and Jaco are available. The price is in U.S. Dollars, and is subject to availability and change.

Combo Tour

The best way to learn about this transitional zone habitat is to combine this guided hike in Carara with our Jungle River Cruise on the Tarcoles River. This combined tour is $75 per person, including the guided hike in Carara, Jungle River Cruise, lunch & refreshments. This price does not include transportation, nor entrances to Carara Biological Reserve. We can arrange transportation for you, or you can drive yourself.

Tour Times:
Vary (This enables the best viewing of the animals.)
Length of Tour: 2 hours
Includes: Tour, Guide
What to Bring: Cameras, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent
Where: Carara Biological Reserve

For Cruise Ship passengers arriving in Puerto Caldera or Puntarenas, this is a great alternative to the "cattle car" tours operated by the Cruise Lines!!!

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