Carara National Park

Carara National Park is located 2 hours west of San Jose between Puntarenas city and Playa Jaco in Puntarenas Province. Named after the Huetar word for Crocodile this National Park borders the Tarcoles River – most well-known for the large population of American Crocodiles.

Carara National Park is located in a very important ecological transition zone. Bordering the Pan-American Highway, this park is unique as the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems converge to form a distinct biological reserve. Here the climates of the Pacific dry meet the humid south coast.

Visiting Carara is a bird-watchers heaven as Scarlet Macaws nest and feed throughout the reserve. There are also 400 species of birds that live in Carara such as toucans, herons, trogons, and Jacamars. Due to the combination of ecosystems, Carara features less dense forests making it easy to spot wildlife.