Cahuita National Park

Cahuita, Costa Rica

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Cahuita National Park is best known for the coral reefs close to shore. In the dry season, there is good snorkeling from the beach, and you are likely to see light yellow brain, elkhorn, and blue staghorn corals, sea fans, and gorgonians as a back drop to the more than 500 species of fish that live on the reefs.

If the corals, fish, lobsters and clams don\'t hold your attention, there are also two sunken ships to explore. They are well known and in shallow water so the likelihood of treasure is low, but the exposed cannons insinuate they are protecting something secret.
The hiking trail from the Kelly Creek station at Cahuita village, around the point to the Puerto Vargas is an excellent route to spot green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, Northern boat-billed herons, Swainson toucans, keel-billed toucans, Rufous Kingfishers, and the Central American curassow.
These feathered friends will most likely appear while you are in the middle of wading the tannin stained waters of the Perozoso (Sloth) River, and trying to extract your camera from your fanny pack to capture a photo of the tamandua, paca, coati, raccoon, or agouti that you\'ve spotted at the edge of the trees.

The villages of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo are not in the National Park, but their Caribbean attitude mixed with the multicultural community of locals and expatriates from North America and Europe are definitely a local attraction.

Excellent French and Italian Cuisine compliment the local spicy seafood fare and the music plays long into the night.

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Nearby Activities & Attractions

Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Kelly Creek Hotel
Cabinas y Restaurant Sol y Mar
Bungalows Aché
Alby Lodge
Piscina Natural
Casa Calatéas
El Yüe
Banana Azul
Samasati Retreat
Casa Verde Lodge
Escape Caribeño
Cabinas Guaraná
La Costa Papito
Aviarios del Caribe Lodge
Aguas Claras
Casa Viva

The nearest town is Cahuita, 5.4 km away.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of Cahuita National Park are latitude 9.753, longitude -82.7937. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)