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
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 7, 2024
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Karen O
Leigh-on Sea, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited just after the unseasonably high waves hit this coast. Some of the trail was closed but having said that, we still had 2km of lovely trail to walk along. We had a fantastic guide who pointed out flora and fauna that we would not have noticed on our own.... Including 2 eyelash pit vipers.
Written January 22, 2020
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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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Jon Burke
Boston, MA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
The park is filled with wildlife, but I recommend hiring a tour guide for the area. A tourist's eye will not be able to spot all of the animals that a guide can. Ask for a guide by the name of Joel Lewis. He is very friendly, charismatic and has a deep knowledge of the history behind the park and animals.
Written February 3, 2021
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Chelsea A
Lexington, KY27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Great walking path and well maintained park! Beautiful beaches, just beware of strong currents and swim in the designated areas. I saw many animals such as monkeys, raccoons, blue morpho butterflies, and endless lizards.

Entrance fee is in the amount of a donation, what a lovely policy! I did the full walking trail starting from the entrance in Cahuita and taking the bus back to the city after. Good to note that this bus at the end runs every hour, costs 565 colones (2022) and the trails close at 2pm. Sometimes there are taxis waiting at the end of the trail but I found them to be quite expensive.
Written July 20, 2022
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JOEAK96
South Jordan, UT56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
While visiting Cahuita, we explored this incredible park in the morning. It offers a truly unique experience as you can stroll along the beaches and through the forest while observing a variety of wildlife. Our long walk allowed us to see numerous animals and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Cahuita, I highly recommend taking the time to visit this park - it's definitely worth it. Although there is no official entrance fee, a donation is appreciated.
Written May 9, 2023
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collineUk
UK125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Amazing to walk on the Beach but then be in the shade as you go from one side to the other and get to the end taking a bus back to cahuita. We were torn between manzillo park and this one but we found all the animals around monkeys, frogs, spiders etc and when we tried to go to Manzillo there was no parking it was so full and very noisy not at all the calm place we wanted.
Costa Ricans love bbq on the beaches in community settings which is lovely but it does mean the area is packed earlier on in the day and with big groups.
The water was amazing nothing like walking then swimming then walking a bit more the total trip was 9km. Good if you dont like too much sun as well.
Written January 8, 2020
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PriusGirlVA
Arlington, VA599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Totally recommend spending some time in Cahuita National Park. Tons of treasures to be seen - plants, animals, the beach... Recommend hiring a guide to show you around, without ours we would not have seen nearly as much wildlife.
Written January 26, 2023
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mvanroy
Merelbeke, Belgium757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
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!
Written July 5, 2023
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honest_axe
Kansas City, KS199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
I was disappointed with this beach due to my expectations because of all the great reviews people have given it. White sand beaches? No. Crystal clear water? No. Warm water? Yes. After traveling to other Caribbean countries, I was expecting the beaches in CR to be about the same. They are not; They are more like the Pacific or Atlantic.
Yes, the beach is pretty. The water is warm. The views are beautiful of the countryside. Sadly we could not get to half of the beach due to you need to cross a filthy brown river (dont know how deep it was) that had a sign posted “Beware of crocodiles”! I have always known that where a river meets the ocean it becomes a feeding ground for animals. So we did not cross. It could have been two feet deep or ten feet deep-we were not willing to take the chance to cross it especially seeing the nasty color of the water.
Do not bring plastic water bottles into the park. Bring a backpack with your snacks zipped inside it or else the raccoons will take it-they are not scared of people.
We entered the park through Cahuita. I was not impressed with the friendliness of the people here…people on the streets did not say hi or look at you when you passed. AND BRING CASH!!!!! Almost no restaurant or hotel takes credit cards!
Written June 30, 2021
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mnzamora
Costa Rica162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The national park is in Cahuita town which is a small but beautiful town. If you enter by Playa Blanca entrance, adjacent to the town of Cahuita, the fee is a voluntary contribution in cash.

We parked our car on “ Restaurante National Park ” parking lot just outside the park for $5. The trails were easy and well shaded with lots of wildlife watching opportunites. Definetely will come back
Written June 24, 2022
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