Cahuita National Park

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Cahuita National Park
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This coastal park contains white sandy beaches and coral reefs.
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egwanderlust
Hampton, NH964 contributions
Nature Lovers Paradise
Nov 2021
This national park is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the wildlife and nature of the Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We went on a tour with Shiloh from Caribe Fun Tours who made our trip amazing. We saw various animals with the exception of snakes and the Jesus Christ lizard (which we inevitably found elsewhere).

The weather was rainy and windy on the day of our trip but the animals seemed to be much more active for us. The colors of the rainforest are vibrant during the rain allowing for wonderful photography. If you get the chance to visit during the rain and sun I would take it so you can see a noticeable difference. We will be back in the future.
Written 28 November 2021
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Claudia P
Herzliya, Israel43 contributions
A real must!
Nov 2021 • Family
This was the best experience we had in Costa Rica! We saw the most amazing animals and the hike was gorgeous . We took a guide , which made it easier. If not it would have taken us more time. The hike itself was almost four hours it’s 9 kilometers. But totally worthwhile. We saw white face monkeys, ant eaters , raccoons , a sloth , snakes and howler monkeys… It’s the total package this park! You can bring a bathing suit for the beach parts and hiking shoes for the rest. You can do this on a rainy day also!
Written 3 November 2021
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Leah M
8 contributions
Loved it so much we came back twice!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Visited the first day with a guide. Very knowledgeable and we saw a family of raccoons, an iguana, Howler Monkeys, Wasps, Sloths and learned about the area.

We loved it so much we booked a Snorkelling tour the next day and spent 2 hours out on the reef.
Lots of fish, rays and corals to explore!
The guide dropped us off a Cahuita Point and we did the full walk back. Once again we saw so many animals! This time we even saw a group capuchin monkeys playing and swinging through the trees!

Lots of stunning beaches to swim, lots of nature and one of the most enjoyable places to explore so far!
Written 3 October 2021
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Megan B
San Diego, CA57 contributions
Best Park for Wildlife
Jul 2021
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 16 August 2021
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Jenna S
Sioux Falls, SD44 contributions
Cahuita park get a guide
Jul 2021 • Friends
We had a great experience in Cahuita! We hiked the trails first on our own. A guide halfway through asked if we had seen any animals and we hadn’t. He offered to walk us back and show us animals and we could tip if we wanted. Well do not miss out on hiring a guide because we saw soooo many animals with our guide Kenry. He knew so much about the plants as well. They definitely deserve a good tip and we provided. This park is smaller than Manuel Antonio but very beautiful and worth it. I had a really close sighting of a sloth that was the highlight. We also saw vipers, monkeys, bats, and more.
Written 10 August 2021
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Around the World
Berlin, Germany517 contributions
Overrated
Jul 2021 • Family
The park is similar to Manuel Antonio. The things around the park are different. The beaches are not really nice and many scary people. Newer again.
Written 17 July 2021
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Cora P
19 contributions
Swam, hiked, animal watching
Jul 2021
Absolutely beautiful beach and wildlife refuge. We stayed here for the better part of a day, and it is a treat. Lots of wildlife spottings during the trip, great birdwatching, and beautiful, clean beach.
Written 8 July 2021
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Oscar Delgado
Monterey, CA129 contributions
Wonderful park, measures a little strange
Jul 2021 • Friends
Good experience with my family!

At the entrance they demanded us to open our bags to check them, also they did not allow us to enter some folding chairs that we brought, I really do not understand why.

the wonderful beach, the clean trails
Written 4 July 2021
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honest_axe
Kansas City, KS35 contributions
Alright
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 30 June 2021
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solocation
Athens, Attica144 contributions
great NP, not so great site management
May 2021
Having been twice already to Cahuita NP, I can sincerely say that this is among CR's finest in terms of fauna. If you time it right, you are guaranteed to see plenty of animals. Which is also for free (although a donation would be welcome)

However, before indulging into nature, make sure you have a map and you take a note of each sector closing times and adhere to them. Otherwise, you might be up for a very long walk. Park has two entrances (main + Puerto Vargas) Shortly after noon time, sections of the park begin to close and you will likely be 'forced' to exit the other way. Although park closure is listed as 4pm, I presume that this rule is in place in order to ensure that all guests are really gone by 4pm and not wandering around. In other NPs in CR, they just close at 4pm and rangers are gone, regardless whether there are people left inside. This was the case (twice) in Arenal for me. This is good and bad. Good as you don't get that sense of pressure that you need to be gone soon. Bad, if something happens and you need help.

In my case in Cahuita NP however, there were totally inflexible. I was caught within the Puerto Vargas sector just 30mins after the closure time, after which I wasn't allowed to walk back towards Cahuita main entrance (town). Tried to convince them that I will be out before 4pm, but no. Even after talking to the site manager over the phone. They didn't thought it was humanly possible for someone to make it from P Vargas to main exit under 1.5hrs(!!) As a result, I had to exit via Puerto Vargas and walk all way back to town, under scorching sun and with 10kg of camera equipment. I arrived at the Cahuita main gate 15mins before closure (after having also stopped at a supermarket for water), just to saw them that 'I could do it' and that they could have at least let me walk the shorter distance via the park (where there is also more shade). They didn't say a thing of course. I know 'rules are rules' but that's why you have people in such a place - to make sensible decisions. That was back in March 2021

During my 2nd visit (May 2021), in one of my times there, I dropped my mask on the way there from the hotel, so I couldn't use it. They wouldn't let me in. Of course I didn't have any money or valuables with me (as I was going into the park for a trek), so I couldn't buy one from nearby shop. So I had to walk all way back to hotel, get a mask and then back to the park. Again - rules are rules, right? And after all donations I ve made over last days visiting the park, they could have just give me one. But no. At the same time, restaurants were open, so were all other (indoor) shops in CR. But me, walking over the (open air) entrance of a NP, was a major covid risk. Whatever...

To sum up, go there early and make sure you stick to their times on the map for each sector. If you come to the point to exchange words in particular with some of the rangers - even if you did nothing wrong - you are unlikely to win the case. Don't let that put you down and enjoy the park another day.

Of course, I m only talking about my (bad) experiences with some of the rangers. Because there were few others who have been most helpful indeed. For that reason and for the fact that this is a great place to visit for fauna, I m sad that I had to give it just 4 stars
Written 8 June 2021
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