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Cahuita National Park

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“howler monkeys”(105 reviews)
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This coastal park contains white sandy beaches and coral reefs.
At the Far End of Main Street, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

Entrance by donation, pack in water and snacks. It's easy to spend the whole day here, easy walking trails, loads of beach space, and wildlife, although I didn't spot any snakes.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jodygodfrey
Reviewed 5 days ago

Entering from the town of Cahuita local guides will offer their services. If you have limited time and can afford the expense (not that expensive anyhow), do go ahead and take a one or two hour guided tour! You'll definitely see more of the local...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank mschomm
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This park is beautiful and quiet and only a suggested donation at entrance. Plenty guides at entrance but I’d recommend caribe fun tours, they were great. All kinds of animals to see, trail gets nice ocean breeze and beach is beautiful. There is snorkeling there...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank guinness39
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We participated the donation 'fee' and asked the employee for a possibility of a guide recommendation. He called a man sitting at the entrance and told us to give him 40 USD for his guidance. This guide left us at 1/4 of the park and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Martina-PB0
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We pitched up in the morning and registered with our $5 donation per person. We did not take a guide and made our own way along the very clear path which hugs the coast line. Saw sloths, spider monkeys, raccoons and a very large iguana....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Violet-grace
Reviewed 6 days ago

Upon arrival we paid to park in full sun in a parking lot - even though you can park even closer for free - our mistake... Upon entering the free park you are more or less required to pay a tip - but you do...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a place to visit we walked the 8k to and from the peninsula and saw poisonous snakes, howler and white faced monkeys, poisonous spiders, rakoons, tapirs and loads more besides. A great adventure loved it.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Ross B
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Cahuita then I would visit this park. If not I would not go out of my way to visit. The path parallels the beach and the first part has picnic tables all along until the end of Playa Blanca then the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Raroboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very nice half day walk in this beautiful national park. Saw monkeys, sloths, racoons, spiders and other animals. The park runs on donations, which is pretty cool. All the paths were well taken care of and there was very little trash laying...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank JackInTheBox2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just did a tour in the park with Fernando. I experienced him as quit bitter. But if you go past this you'll notice he's a great guide. I think he's the best I've ever had. While the other guides seemed to be strolling around,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank kaatAntwerp
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November 19, 2018|
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Response from HappyinHK888 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - so very glad u r visiting Cahuita. You are right , DO NOT hike the whole trail. Seeing wildlife is always chancy (time and season matters and monkeys are wanderers). Having said that - Pro of the entrance at Cahuita... More
May 6, 2018|
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Response from Adam B | Reviewed this property |
100% recommed a guide - you will see a lot more wildlife that way. I was put off initially but changed my mind - paid off in minutes when shown a venemous snake about 20cm long that we would never have spotted. Our guide... More
April 14, 2018|
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Response from frederl1071 | Reviewed this property |
I think Cahuita would get you in closer proximity to the rain forest and snorkeling. Use the Cahuita entrance to to park to see the most animals (and go early to get ahead of the cruise ship tours). The park opens at 8:00 am. More
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Ontario, Canada
jaguar rescue centre by bus (2 Replies)
Is it possible to get to the Rescue Centre by public bus from Puerto Limon? I haven't been able to find a bus schedule and need to figure out if I can visit here on a one day cruise stopover? Trying to decide between here and the Cahuita National Park. Thanks
March 06, 2016|
Response fromAnn B|
Do go to the Jaguar rescue Centre if you can, tours at 9.30am and 11.30am, So well worth a visit, I just loved every minute that I spent there in January. Cahuita NP was great but you gamble on just what time of day that you get there and how much you will see.
Things to do in Puerto Viejo? Zip lines? (3 Replies)
I have visited Puerto Viejo before and loved it. I wondered what things there are to do there with hopes that someone recc. something not done during my last trip. How is Cahuita National Park? Is there snorkeling, swimming, tours? Are there any zip lines in the area? and last but not least Manzanilla (hope it is spelled right) Last time I was in PV we rented scooters and took a short trip to Manzanilla and I think we turned around and rode back before we hit the more appealing area, assuming...More
December 29, 2007|
Response fromPetrinaCardenas|
Thanks Guys, I really appreciate the help! The trip to Manzanilla was breath taking and we stopped occasionally and explored more off the side of the road, it was wonderful. The part I thought was sketchy was where the tour buses drop people off (I'm assuming) there were just large groups of people and it was even hard to ride the bikes through, it just did not feel safe. However, by reading your post above I realize we did not even get as far as a National Park entrance. I will certainly...More
Bella Vista, Arkansas
Fare from Limon (4 Replies)
We are docking in Limon and have contacted a tour company to drive us to Cahuita National Park. They have quoted us $120 for the cab fare round trip and $30 for the hike for the two of us. I have read the thing to do is take the bus and hire a guide at the gate but this scares me a little. Is the $120 a fare price?
November 22, 2013|
Response fromCubanon|
Take the bus, its safe and reliable, Use the extra money to book a snorkeling and hiking tour in the national park. You will even have some extra money to buy a good meal at Miss Edith in Cahuita. if you like.