Cahuita National Park

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Cahuita National Park
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Chelsea A
Lexington, KY3 contributions
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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Olga G
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Friends
We did the walk from Kelly Creek entrance. There is a free car park where we left our hired car. Entry is free but donation is encouraged. The walk is very well made, straightforward to follow and there is no way of getting lost. You need to cross a couple of shallow rivers and walk in the forest parallel to the beach, occasionally dipping out onto the beach for short distances.
The whole walk all the way to Punta Vargas is about 10km, all flat terrain. At Punta Vargas there are buses passing on the main road that can take you back to Cahuita village. There is also a bar on the left hand side before reaching the main road. There are usually some minibuses there that can take you back for 1500colones pp and you can enjoy a cold beer rather than wait for a bus in the sun.
We saw lots of monkeys (howler and capunchins), tucans, tree cutting ants, lizards etc.
Lovely experience!
Written February 19, 2020
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Will M
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom30 contributions
1. Easiest entrance is via the Kelly Creek ranger station and walk along the coastal path up to Punta Cahuita. It’s possible to carry on and walk around the peninsula to Peurto Vargas ranger station or, you could enter via here.
2. If your aim is to see wildlife then take a guide. Yes, you can walk though on your own but you won’t spot much and like many people we saw, you’ll just walk past many animals and reptiles, so don’t skimp on hiring a guide. Avoid going in a large group of more than 4 people if you can as you’ll see and hear much more. We had a guide through Cahuita Tours (+506 2755-0000), and would recommend them.
3. Shorts and T shirt are fine. Trainers or even better trainer sandals are good but you could even wear flip flops. Walking shoes are not necessary as the paths are good. However, if you want to go swimming then I recommend you take beach shoes because the sand gives way to broken shell and coral and unless you have soles like an elephant, you’ll find it very uncomfortable to walk over! This is one thing we weren’t told and when we tried to go for a swim off the beach near Punta Cahuita ( which is much quieter than Playa Blanca that gets very busy), we couldn’t do it due to the sharp broken coral, which kind of spoiled our visit a bit!
4. If you walk slowly and take time to look you will see quite a bit. Please don’t do what we saw some idiots doing and run along the path! It isn’t a running track and this just frightens the wildlife away.
Written March 22, 2020
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mnzamora
Costa Rica179 contributions
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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Jon Burke
Boston, MA8 contributions
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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wannatravel12
Minnedosa51 contributions
Couples
This is a great park for exploring! We have been here for over a week and have been in a few times. Lots of raccoons!!! A word of advise though - if entering from the Cahuita town side you will be asked for a donation - they prefer $5 USD. We wanted to go through the Puerto Vargas entry yesterday which is a stellar boardwalk over mangrove. We were made to pay $5 USD and were told that was the price from this entry point. A donation was not an option. Doesn’t seem fair. We were initially told that there was no fee from this spot.
Just an FYI.
Written February 14, 2020
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honest_axe
Kansas City, KS55 contributions
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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Karen O
Leigh-on Sea, UK68 contributions
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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Fun4all!
27 contributions
Enter from the Cahuita side. We saw a lot more animals close to this entrance gate. Lots of howler monkeys throwing nuts down on the entrance gate. We saw two poison dart frogs along the path. One huge iguana was next to path. We also saw some white-faced Capuchin monkeys. The path or trail is usually just about 20 feet from the beach with walk ways to go to beach. The closer you get to the Puerto Vargas side it is jungle and a boarded walk way.
Written February 2, 2022
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Megan B
San Diego, CA59 contributions
We spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and saw more wildlife in this park than anywhere else. Highly recommend doing the entire 5 mile walk. The two river crossings are a bit adventurous, but we managed with our 10 and 12 year olds. The trick is to walk out into the ocean, not directly across the river (which is much deeper). Our youngest child was never more than hip deep. The trail itself is mostly fine, a bit rough in spots but always flat so not too hard. The views are spectacular, and so much wildlife! Both entrance/exit points have officials where you pay fees and can ask questions; we exited at the south end and the official there called a taxi for us to return to town, and also answered some questions about the wildlife we saw. Amazing experience!
Written August 16, 2021
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