Cahuita National Park, Cahuita

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Cahuita National Park, Cahuita - Address

Address: 36 Costa Road

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

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Waves crash over the sand spreading its lacy chalky white foam all over the beach. The beach is calm and serene against the gentle water of the sea. The beach leads to the national park surrounded by trees in surprisingly different shades. The sunlight in the park shines on the beauty of the worldly environment. Welcome to paradise, the Cahuita National Park.

Cahuita National Park was created in 1970 as a site and reformed as National Park in 1978. It is also the only park which does not charge an entrance fee and instead accepts donations. The name Cahuita is from the native language which means CAWI, mahogany, a tree of the region and TA is the tip or point. Cahuita is a swamp land located in the depression that lies between the coral platform and the mainland.

Cahuita National Park’s aim is to preserve the beaches and lowlands and the marine life which contains Coralline reefs, a nesting ground for sea turtles. It is home to a variety of birds, the Green Ibis, Green rufous Kingfisher and Keel billed Toucan. The Mantled Howlers, White headed Capuchins, White nosed Coatis, Raccoons, Sloths, and all live in harmony in this 600 acre reef.

The quivering water is teeming with abundant life of 35 species of coral, 140 species of molluscs, 44 species of crustaceans, and 123 species of fish.

Tourists can snorkel and scuba dive in the pristine water. The water unfolds a world of mystery. Sea fans, angelfish, blue parrot fish, urchins, barracudas and stingrays swim by. If this does not stun your attention then check the sunken ships, a ship which transported slaves and sank in the 18th century.

The park is close to the town of Cahuita so the roads and facilities are well developed. Roads from the north and the south lead to the park. It can also be reached on foot through Kelly Creek, which is south of Cahuita.

Cahuita National Park Information

  • Hiking tour in the park is available with a bilingual guide and this includes an entrance fee.
  • Food and drinks are not available on the tour.
  • Wear light clothing, carry sun block, towel, water, swimsuit, and sport sandals.
  • Make a reservation with all personal details and payment is required for this service. An e-voucher will be sent which you should carry to start the tour.
  • During the rainy season the paths get muddy so hiking can be tricky.
  • Snorkelling equipment is available on rent and you can rent a boat and guide as well.
  • Check with rangers for the safest and clearest areas for snorkelling.

How To reach Cahuita National Park by Public Transport

  • 750 Cahuita Express daily from San Jose to Cahuita.
  • Auto Transporters is another mode of transport.

Restaurants Near Cahuita National Park

  • Coral Reef
  • Chao’s Paradise
  • El Girasol
  • Pizzeria Cahuita
  • Sobre Las Olas

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Cahuita National Park, Cahuita Reviews - Write a Review

  • Best national park yet in Costa Rica. A lot of animals and beautiful beaches combined. What do you want more? Also they just charge you the price you want to pay and no extra charge for tourists like all other parks! If you are close this park is definitely a must!

  • We we're happy with our park visit. Fee to enter is. Y donation, sign mentioned average paid was $5. It was a little sketchy because you just hand the cash to the guy at the desk at the front, but this is Costa Rica. Lots of wildlife to been seen. Our guide was a bit over priced (wanted $20pp, we paid $30 for the couple) but we would not have seen nearly as much without him.

  • Stunning uncrowded park. Empty beaches and lots of wildlife (especially monkeys!) are abundant here. There is also no entrance fee although donations are encouraged. My advice would be to stay in Cahuita and walk in the park entrance in the morning. The walk through the park will take several hours. Once you are on the other end of the park simply walk out to the main road and go right. Go to a bus stop or just flag down the next bus that comes along. You can also wait for a bus that comes to the park but be warned that it's not frequent and stops running earlier than the main buses.

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  • You can walk along the beautiful beach. Also there are monkeys and raccoons you can see. Mosquito repellent is MUST. They are super aggressive.

  • Nice Park! You can go along the beatufull natural beaches and/or through the jungle. Enter the park directly at cahuita or by car in the south-east. Also snorkeling is possible. We saw several animals and there was no many people (in the low season).

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