Cahuita National Park, Cahuita

Cahuita National Park, Cahuita - Address

Address: 36 Costa Road

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About Cahuita National Park, Cahuita

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

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  • Pleasant staff, admission by donation, 8 km of natural beauty to observe. Lovely jungle path with beach access points marked for safety. We hiked one way and caught a bus back to town. Happy to have my water shoes and sun protection. Wish I had been able to stay overnight!

  • This is one of the best national parks in the country. Good beaches, beautiful scenery, and lots of wildlife. It's normal to see howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, lizards, snakes, and raccoons. Nice flat shaded trail to walk and enjoy all of this. Some picnic tables scattered along the trail where you can eat your lunch, if you bring it. Showers and bathrooms are available near the park entrance.

  • Loved my tour with Michael!! This park is beautiful and my amazing tour guide Michael made visiting this place a very nice experience. I was able to take my little cousins with me and they enjoyed seeing the sloths, monkeys, snakes, and different birds. They especially loved swimming in the beautiful beach there.

  • Great park! We visited frequently in our month long visit to Cahuita. Lots of wildlife, and nice treed areas by the beach to give you some protection from the unrelenting sun.

  • Lovely walk through national park, with access to beach. Donation based entry. Lots of wildlife, dart frog, monkeys, sloths etc

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