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Carara National Park

Carara National Park is located in the Central Pacific Coast, north of Jaco and south of Puntarenas. The park comprises around 5000 hectares of tropical transition forest, a mix between the tropical dry influence from the North Pacific and the other half influenced by the tropical rainy and humid climate from the South. Because of this unique climate and vegetation, the park has the largest diversity in bird species in such a small area. The Red Macaws and many other species of found throughout the park. Carara is also an important habitat for other species of wildlife, like the Puma, the Ocelot, the Deer, and many more specimens of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Bordering the northern border of Carara is the Tarcoles River. The river has the largest population of the American Crocodile, and over 100 can be seen from the main bridge on a given day. Some of the crocodiles are extremely large, reaches of 19 feet in length. The park also has many trials that can be explored either with or without a guide. Suggested lodging and accommodation options are found in Jaco, Tarcoles or even San Jose. The park can best be combined with Manuel Antonio, or Uvita and Dominical, located along the South Pacific Highway, or other destination like Arenal, Guanacaste and Monteverde.

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