Cahuita National ParkCurrently Open
- Address: 36 Costa Road, Cahuita, Costa Rica
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Beach, National Park, Family And Kids, Scuba, Snorkeling
Cahuita National Park - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Cahuita National Park
95% of people who visit Cahuita include Cahuita National Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
74.47% of people start their Cahuita National Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cahuita National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cahuita National Park
Cahuita National Park Trips
Cahuita National Park, Cahuita Reviews
Park is nice, feels very artificial. Friendly monkeys seek contact with the person in order to get food. Nice beaches, neat trails, easy walking. If you're lucky you can find sloth. The entrance does not require payment, but you will be asked to make a donation. Tracks between one hour and three hours.
Amazing national park, hire a guide to maximise on seeing the wildlife as there is a lot to miss if you aren't paying close attention! Composed of 3 completely different types of landscape, rolling almond trees full of sloths and wildlife followed by a beach strip off the coast of which you can snorkel. Then finally a bridge through wet jungle where you can spot frogs. Definitely a whole day trip. Easy to get the public bus to also which are regular.
Beautiful. Right on the beach. Saw sloths, monkeys, racoons, squirrels, lizards and much more. My favourite national park in Costa Rica.
Very beautiful national park with an amazing beach. There is also a long path to hike. They ask for donations as an entrance fee and will ask people to leave in the evening as animals may get dangerous.
Beautiful. Stunning swimming! Lots of wildlife to enjoy. Apparently we were lucky not to have loads of mosquitoes, but we were lucky! 😁