Guest Post from my blogger friend and mutual Costa Rica Lover, Ann Creed, from Costa Rica Learn.
Cahuita National Park is located on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, 43 km south of Limon. It is best known for it’s 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.
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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.
Here you get the feeling that life is relaxed and unhurried. Most of the businesses are locally owned and people live the true â€œpura vidaâ€ 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.
Read more of Ann’s resourceful articles from her on-line Costa Rica Travel Guide at www.costaricalearn.com