Cahuita National Park

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  • Address: 36 Costa Road, Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Beach, National Park, Family And Kids, Scuba, Snorkeling

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Cahuita National Park

  • 95% of people who visit Cahuita include Cahuita National Park in their plan

  • 56.61% of people start their Cahuita National Park visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cahuita National Park

Monday, Friday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cahuita National Park

People normally club together Tortuguero National Park and Pizzeria Cahuita while planning their visit to Cahuita National Park.

People also prefer to start their day with Cahuita National Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • A wonderful place.... The nature is magnificent, the beach is wonderful... You can see many animals having a good time walking through the park. The path is easy and gives you many possibilities to meet monkeys and other animals. The sand is white and the sea is light blue... It seems paradise.... The best of the caribe

  • Nice national park, when if not one of the prettiest on on the Caribbean side if Costa Rica. We recommend to take an local tour guide, they can show you so many animals already on first few meters of the path. And take enough water and snacks with you. Depending on on weather's you can swim and chill on fine beaches too or even snorkel on the reefs (only with guide, but they will be so honest and inform you, when the conditions are the best).

  • Man I gave so much money to this place, it is a very linear trail, beautiful but still.. I like how the ants walk freely through the trail so be careful you don't stand on the innocent creatures! I go barefoot to truly feel the surrounding, and of course be careful you don't stand on a leaf cutter ant.

  • Great trails. It has a white sand beach and a black sand beach, the black coming from the active volcano ash in the area. Really cool! A must see! Great wildlife to with park rangers that will point you out the sloths and howler monkeys!

  • 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!

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