Cahuita National Park is a gorgeous area located on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, 43 km south of Limon. It is best known for its beige white sandy beaches, surrounded by coconut palms and warm crystalline waters. And the most developed coralline reefs of the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
Why visit Cahuita National Park?
For the beaches, snorkeling, scuba divers, and all-around nature lovers. The climate here is hot and humid. It rains all year round, so the vegetation is lush and tropical. The coconut palms grow right up to the shoreline, swaying in the tropical breezes. You really get the feel of being in the jungle. You see monkeys, sloths, iguanas, raccoons, coatis, and so many birds! Such as green ibises, tiger herons, toucans, hummingbirds, and river kingfishers.
There is a specific area of the park designated for swimming in the ocean so ask a park ranger or one of the locals. This is to ensure you respect the areas and help them with their preservation efforts.
Here you get the feeling that life is relaxed and unhurried. Most of the businesses are locally owned and people live the true “Pura Vida” or pure life.
In the small town of Cahuita, located adjacent to the National Park, we find the Afro-Caribbean culture. Many of the restaurants serve typical Afro Caribbean food such as rice cooked in coconut milk, shrimp fried with coconut, coconut cake, and coconut pies. And at night the sounds of Reggae music is heard from the lively bars, restaurants, and front porches of the locals.
How to Get to Cahuita National Park
Public transportation will take you there. About 5 busses leave San Jose toward Cahuita every day and it will only cost you $9 but you will have to be willing to take the almost 4-hour ride.
Personally I like to recommend renting a car. It is much easier and comfortable to do the drive. You will be able to find many car rental companies at the airport.
More Information About the park
If you enter The Cahuita National Park from the town, the entrance is free, it’s by donation, so you leave whatever you want. However, if you enter the park through the Puerto Vargas entrance it is $5 per person.
The park is open from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Tip: It is just an 8km hike if you plan to walk across the park. So some of you might not need a guide. But, if you are going to get a tour guide for this park, make sure they are registered as such by the local government.
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