Barra Honda National Park
This park is located around 12 miles northeast of Nicoya. It measures some 5,000 acres and protects an important geological resource, which is a system of caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations. The Barra Honda Peak is 1,476 ft. high and is made up of old coral reefs that were pushed up by tectonic faults.
Nineteen caves have been discovered. The Terciopelo Cave is open to the public because it is the easiest to access. The area provides a park, potable water, restrooms, lodging, an information center, trails, and lookout points where visitors can take in the scenery of the Tempisque River.
Hours of Operation
Admission to the park is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cave visits are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of the year.
From San José, drive north toward Guanacaste to the Limonal junction. Turn left at the Tres Hermanas Restaurant, continue to the La Amistad Bridge and then toward Nicoya. After crossing the bridge, continue about 12 km towards Nicoya, then turn right towards the towns of Barra Honda and Nacaome, following the signs to the park entrance.