Cahuita National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This coastal park contains white sandy beaches and coral reefs. Contains trails, beaches, and coral reef the only way can you visit the coral reef is by a tour and I provided.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • mvanroy
    Merelbeke, Belgium757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Costa Rican wildlife at its best!
    We explored this small but beautiful National Park with a guide from Cahuita Tours (and our 7y old son). We went for the hike only tour (and passed this time for the snorkeling opportunity which was offered as part of a package - although it might have been quite an experience with the local coral reef). The hike itself is rather easy and can easily be done alone as you just need to follow the single track. However, the guide helped us finding the animals (especially the smaller ones) and he gave us extra background information. We had a very successful day and saw a lot of animals, including different monkey species (howler and capuchin monkeys, both from a very close distance), different types of snakes (including a big boa and the venomous yellow eyelash viper snake), different lizards and iguanas, crabs, butterflies and other insects, gold orb spiders, a raccoon and its funny Coati brother and of course some sloths. Except for a beautiful eagle, we didn't see a lot of birds though. Please make sure you bring enough water and mosquito repellent. At the end of the approx. 8 km walk (4km one way to the Punta Cahuita which is the return point and which you need to pass before 2 pm), we treated ourselves with a refreshing dive into the warm Caribbean sea!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Sebastian P
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Park to visit
    Great National Park to visit at the caribean in Costa Rica. Is you have done snorkel before at the caribean sea the place is not a must. Better if you pay for a guide to show you the animals through the trail. You will see so many that otherwise you wont. Try to get there early because they start to close at 2pm, bring a towel, water and a lot of repelent. Have fun!! Pura Vida!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • David
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stellar park
    I had no idea that the water would be right along the trail and the jungle right up to the trail So you can rest or swim on the beach as you go along the trail. We saw moneys and snakes, raccoon of some sort and birds as well. It was so nice to see families with children, but people of all ages enjoyed this fine outing.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 2, 2024
  • Catherine G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss Cahuita National Park!
    If you are visiting the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, do not miss Cahuita National Park! I strongly suggest hiking the full trail and catching a taxi back to your vehicle so that you can experience the entire park. Some animals seem to be more plentiful near one entrance or the other, so we are so glad we through-hiked. The trail itself is well maintained, but it is largely possible that you will encounter some very muddy areas, so be prepared with proper footwear. Also bring plenty of water and a snack; there is nowhere to purchase food or water once inside the park. We hired a guide to lead us on our hike, and we are so glad that we did. If we had been on our own, there is no way we would have been able to spot most of the animals we saw. Our guide, Manuel, was fabulous. You can find him here on Trip Advisor. I can't recommend him enough!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Thecatsmum4
    Kettering, United Kingdom2,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Park a must visit
    The park is located directly next to the beach and the trail that we walked along was only a few feet from the sand. It was well trodden, wide and easily accessable. We initially tried to walk along the beach but were stopped by staff and made to enter via the main gate, then you could go back onto the beach. There is a "suggested donation" of 5$ entry fee. There are loos and changing facitlities by the entrance. We didn't join a guide but we saw lots of them with big groups. Not sure if the groups were travelling together or just individuals. There are a lot of guides trying to sell you tours outside the entrance. The walk was lovley with lots to see and if you wanted to spend time on the beach you could, but the water was very rough and red flags were flying that day. We saw a few animals and birds, obviously if we had been with a guide we may have seen more, but we wanted to do it at our own pace. Worth a visit for at least half a day if not more. It gets busy later in the morning. A word of warning watch out for the racoons, they will steal from any unattended bags and are not frightened of humans, real masked bandits! Just by the entrance is a cafe which sells lovely ice cream!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 7, 2024
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Resh
Oakland, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful national park! This is a definite must do while in this area. We took the MEPE bus from Puerto Viejo. We only hiked as far as the end of Playa Blanca as it was very sunny and hot and we had our toddler. I would have hiked more of this lovely park if I didn’t have my child. We hired a local guide because I wanted to ensure we could spot some wild life. Several legit guides wait by the entrance and you just tell the staff you want a guide and they will call one over. The guide was amazing and pointed out many animals that would have been hard to spot. He brought his telescope and it was a fun experience. It was $20 pp for 1.5 hours. I thought it was definitely worth it. It’s also totally fine not using a guide. You will likely see a sloth, capuchin and howler monkeys with little to no effort.

We took a dip in Playa Blanca (at the other end toward Punta Cahuita) where the water is calmer, before heading back. I will definitely visit this amazing park again.
Written June 4, 2024
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Carol P
Tampa, FL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We recently did a 5-mile trek through a well-maintained trail. It was raining when we went, so we didn’t see much wildlife. The trail has no facilities, water, or food, so come prepared. Wear bug spray and closed-toed shoes, though it can be done in flip-flops. It was muddy during and after the rain, making for a hot and humid walk, but the beautiful scenery along the beach shore made it worthwhile. We didn't have a guide, and neither did anyone else on the trail. The $5 donation at the entrance is well worth the visit. We were hustled near the entrance to park in a paid lot ($6,000), but we instead parked near by on the side of the road without problem and for free! Trail is one way through the park and at the end, one of the local guides was able to call us a “taxi” to bring us back at our car at the other entrance for $4,000 - worth it after the hike in the park!
Written May 15, 2024
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Joshua B
Malden, MA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was really beautiful! I think you definitely need to have a guide in order to see animals. We saw monkeys, toucans, lizards, iguanas, and beautiful plants and trees.
Written April 21, 2024
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,613 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The park is located directly next to the beach and the trail that we walked along was only a few feet from the sand. It was well trodden, wide and easily accessable. We initially tried to walk along the beach but were stopped by staff and made to enter via the main gate, then you could go back onto the beach. There is a "suggested donation" of 5$ entry fee.

There are loos and changing facitlities by the entrance.

We didn't join a guide but we saw lots of them with big groups. Not sure if the groups were travelling together or just individuals. There are a lot of guides trying to sell you tours outside the entrance.

The walk was lovley with lots to see and if you wanted to spend time on the beach you could, but the water was very rough and red flags were flying that day.

We saw a few animals and birds, obviously if we had been with a guide we may have seen more, but we wanted to do it at our own pace.

Worth a visit for at least half a day if not more. It gets busy later in the morning.

A word of warning watch out for the racoons, they will steal from any unattended bags and are not frightened of humans, real masked bandits!

Just by the entrance is a cafe which sells lovely ice cream!
Written April 7, 2024
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Tulu
48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went with a tour. There is a lot of walking but I saw monkeys with babies, sloth with baby and lizards. I would have preferred to not get a tour and go at my pace. More time on the beaches with snacks and chillax would have worked. Do go but without a rush. Costa Rica is wonderful!
Written February 25, 2024
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Catherine G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you are visiting the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, do not miss Cahuita National Park! I strongly suggest hiking the full trail and catching a taxi back to your vehicle so that you can experience the entire park. Some animals seem to be more plentiful near one entrance or the other, so we are so glad we through-hiked. The trail itself is well maintained, but it is largely possible that you will encounter some very muddy areas, so be prepared with proper footwear. Also bring plenty of water and a snack; there is nowhere to purchase food or water once inside the park. We hired a guide to lead us on our hike, and we are so glad that we did. If we had been on our own, there is no way we would have been able to spot most of the animals we saw. Our guide, Manuel, was fabulous. You can find him here on Trip Advisor. I can't recommend him enough!
Written February 18, 2024
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David
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had no idea that the water would be right along the trail and the jungle right up to the trail So you can rest or swim on the beach as you go along the trail. We saw moneys and snakes, raccoon of some sort and birds as well. It was so nice to see families with children, but people of all ages enjoyed this fine outing.
Written February 2, 2024
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charlie b
Massachusetts2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
we had a really great time in cahuita park. the monkeys where great to see. my friends and i had a very good time
Written January 17, 2024
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Waldemar_Schneider
Walldorf, Germany312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Here you get a unique combination of natural (animal) life and access to marvelous beaches - just beware of raccoons.
Written January 6, 2024
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Teacher O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The park is amazing. The first day we made a donation and walked through mostly to get to the beach. The next day, we hired a guide (Peck--WhatsApp #+506 8893 2252), and that was an excellent choice. Peck was able to point out all kinds of wildlife that we never would have noticed on our own. He knows a lot about the habits, diet, and characteristics of the animals in the park. He let us borrow his binoculars and had a helpful light pointer to show us birds, sloths, iguans, bats, and snakes in the trees. He also had a handy bird guide to show us various birds we might encounter. Peck is a native to Cahuita, and besides knowing a lot about the park and its inhabitants, he knows a lot about the people, culture, and history of the area. We were just as interested to learn about his family's history and experiences in Cahuita as we were in the park. Peck's father (who passed away earlier this year at the age of 103) was famous Calypso singer, Walter Ferguson. Peck showed us the location of a fisherman's cabin that inspired the song "Cabin in the Wata." Peck speaks English, Spanish, and English Creole easily and very fluently. Hiring him was well worth it!
Written December 18, 2023
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