Cahuita Travel Guide

  • Cahuita
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    catching some rays.....
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    Capuchin monkey in the park
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Cahuita Things to Do

  • Visit Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue...

    Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center & Botanical Gardens is a piece of paradise in Cahuita. The owners take care of many different (displaced) animals as if they were their own children.All animals have plenty of space, so they created a real cozy park for them to recover. They are socially involved, as they teach lessons to school classes. In the...

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  • Cruisin' Cahuita National Park

    This is an easy walk for just about anyone....young or old. The sandy path is flat & there are only a few small roots crossing the path here & there. There is wildlife everywhere! We saw dozens of monkeys...Capuchin (Mono cariblanco) & Howlers (Mono congo) as well as Racoons (Mapache norteno) & Aguotis (Guatusas) that look like giant Guinea pigs....

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  • Playa Negra

    After a walk of about 1,5 kilometres north from Cahuita you'll end up at the special beach Playa Negra; one of the two beaches around the town. The most special thing about this beach is that the sand is very dark, sometimes close to black. The sand gets so dark because of the breakdown of the dark coral just before the coastline. At some parts of...

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  • Cahuita: the town

    The nicest thing about Cahuita, if you ask me, is just walking around in the centre of the town and feel the atmosphere that is completely different from the rest of Costa Rica. Around the dirtroads that cross the centre you only see (semi)wooden houses, often with colourfull paintings, the black people hanging around in front of them, chatting in...

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  • Meet a calypsonian

    Meeting Walter " Mr. Gavitt" Ferguson was a highlight of our most recent trip in December 2007.In 2005 wanting to buy a CD of local music we found one by "Mr. Gavitt" called "Dr. Bombadee". Once back in Canada we played it & absolutely loved his way of singing about his caribe history. On a trip in 2006 we bought his other CD "Babylon" & loved it...

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  • Snorkelling

    A great way to spend half a day in Cahuita is to book a snorkelling trip onto the reef. As it is a protected area all snorkelling must be done with a guide, the advantage of this is that you get taken on a boat out onto the reef and shown where all the best spots are. I saw hundreds of fish as well as a nurse shark. Cost: $20 US dollars, 10,000...

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  • Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary

    The sloth Sanctuary is a great way to get up close and personal with these really cute animals, they have adults and babys, some of which they will let you touch. There is a video and then a guided tour of the sanctuary and an introduction to the babys. There is also the resident "pet" sloth named Buttercup who was the first sloth treated by the...

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  • The Park

    Donation to enter, you will see a variety of wildlife. Leafcutter ants by the million, crabs by the hundred, giant spiders, monkeys, lizards and even a sloth.The trail last for about 4 miles through the park and runs alongside the beach.When you get to the end, there is a small bar/cafe with a pool.You then either have to walk all the way back, or...

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  • Army Ants and Leaf cutting ants

    Even though I'm not a bug person ., I can't help but notice these jungle workers. Thyemarch in order across the path and stick to their mission . Pretty photogenic too.

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Cahuita Restaurants

  • Best food there

    One of the first restaurants on the Main St. Uses a wood-burning oven.Had a huge meal and a pineapple shake for $4. Open early for breakfast too. Had breadfruit for the first time, kinda like potatoes, very good..

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  • Pizzaz

    Nice place, clean, great food. The pizzas are one of our favorite meals here all though we've liked everything we've tried. When we order pizza we each get our own & "if" there's left overs we take it with us for later. The pizza is super thin crust & cooked to perfection. They have so many varieties it's hard to choose.

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  • Service with a smile

    Walter, the owner is a super great guy. Most times he would pull up a chair & sit & chat for quite awhile. We ate there a lot. The chicken was good as was pretty much anything we tried. If you order the banana split be warned it's not like you'd get at home....it's a banana with ice cream & some greenery for decorative purposes. It's good, local...

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  • Fine Dining on the Caribbean

    The Restaurant Relax used to be right down town Cahuita. The first time we went to their new location I thought "wow, that's a long dark walk for the average tourist on foot". We drove so I can't say exactlty how far it is. The new building though is very impressive, the food is wonderful & I'd highly recommend it. The service was fantastic too &...

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  • good & bad

    While the food can indeed be excellent, the service never has been. We had a relative of Miss Edith's that we know well, recommend we eat there. We did & we sure weren't impressed. We've tried it a couple of times more but honestly I'm not sure I would recommend it, not just beacuse the prices are higher but the crappy service. Miss Edith no longer...

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  • Definately a caribbean flavor!

    Excellent food.....excellent service. The owner, Enrique is a wonderful & super friendly man. We ate there several times & my favorite dish was the lobster....mmmmm.

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Cahuita Nightlife

  • loud & proud

    Good drinks....lots to choose from. Great place to watch the goings on in the park across the street. Lots of locals hang out at the park at night, it seems to be "the" place to be. Some nights they have live music & you can dance near the back of the bar but then you are away from most of the action. The best place to sit is out on the front porch...

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  • The place to be

    If you would ask the people in Cahuita where to go to at night if you want to have a good time, most probably 95% of the people would recommend Cocos Bar. 95% because probably another 5% has their own bar or restaurant. Cocos Bar is the place to be when you are in town.The bar is located very centrally: directly opposite the busstop where you'll...

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  • Good people watching bar

    Drinks only at this spot ...right on the main drag. They have a huge bar menu of drinks. We stayed with beer .Its a good spot for drinking and watching the people go by . gets pretty lively later on...Thye have Alkaseltzer on the menu if you stay too long! Very Casual

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Cahuita Transportation

  • Bus, what else

    Three daily buses leave San José for Sixaola. They stop at Cahuita after a 4 hour ride. Regional buses go to Limón, Puerto Vargas, Puerto Viejo and Bribri. Buses to and from San José can be very crowded on weekends in the "dry" season.

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  • Caribbean Coast by bus

    Between Puerto Limón and Sixaola, at the border with Panama, busses operate from the company "Autotransportes Mepe". This company has one line between these two placeswith busses driving every hours to each direction, between sunrise and sunset.Cahuita is right in the middle of this line: at about 1,5 hours from Limón and about just as long to the...

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  • San José to Puerto Limón by bus

    When you are coming from San José and you are heading for the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, you will have to go to the so called "Caribbean Busstation" in the capital. From here busses depart to several destinations in the eastcoast of the country. One destination these busses will always go to is Puerto Limón. This is the biggest city in this...

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Cahuita Local Customs

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    by Lidrokz Written Mar 22, 2009

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    When heading to or from the southern caribbean all traffic must pass through the Tuba Creek Checkpoint. Generally the officers do not stop traffic heading to Cahuita & Puerto Viejo but when leaving almost everyone will be stopped. Make sure you have your passports ready as they will be asked for. The police at the checkpoint are friendly & if you pass through often they may just wave you on your way. A couple of years ago there was at least one officer killed at the checkpoint by a thief in a stolen vehicle. This has made the officers a little more wary & maybe in some cases not so friendly. If travelling by local bus be prepared for the whole bus & all its passengers to be thoroughly checked out.

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Cahuita Warnings and Dangers

  • Swimming in the waters right off the...

    It is important to remember that it rains a huge amount at night often times. You do not see this water because in the tropics it runs off via the ground water. When you swim in the waters just off of the jungle, a river or creek may manifest itself 50 offshore and create rip currents. I almost lost my companion whom spoke of his water prowess. He...

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  • Don't blind the animals

    Please turn off you're flash . It is a privlidge to beable to photograph these animlas . They are in their home. Thye monkeys are momemtarily blinded by flashes as they sail through the trees. I noticed how camera shy the monkeys in Manuel Antonio are and I realized they recognize the digital camera!! In Cahuita they are still innocent . Please...

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  • Do NOT feed the monkeys- watch...

    Many people are still feeding the monkeys which is NOT good for anyone. The white faced monkeys are very organized and intelligent and having become accustomed to getting foods from humans, they have taken to become very aggressive and will take food from you. Now I didn't do this at all, but I had a package of muffins buried in my bag. When I was...

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Cahuita Tourist Traps

  • by georgelaskis Written Feb 22, 2008

    I wanted to go see the dolphins and hired a tour at Roberto's tours in Cahuita Costa Rica. The tour included complementary breakfast before departure, 3 hours at boat to see the dolphins and snorkeling afterwards at the coral reef.

    First I was charged $150 in advance with a 7% surplus for using my credit card. Then I was made to come at 5:45 am because that was the time dolphins "were close". At the time no one was there. 20 minuts afterwards a guy appeared and told me that there was no breakfast because the made (a 12 year girl) didn't come. Then I walked a mile to get into a old and fragile open fishing boat and with only one safety jaket for every three persons.

    After 3 hours there was no sign of dolphins at all and everyone got sea sick because of the cruising speed, the sun and the hunger. The guy confessed that because the whole week it was raining dolphins went to Boca in Panama ... Why the heck then they sold me the tour in first place!?!?!?

    Then I tried snorkeling: dirty water (again because of the rain days before) and we had to go to the least attractive spot. Nevertheless that it was a mere 5 feet deep I could not see almost anything. It was the most pittyfull and the least gratifying experience. It was so humiliating: a "gringo" swiming in a dirty soup trying to see a lonely and disgraced fish in dirty dead piece of coral.

    When I was back I asked for a refund. After all I didn't get anything I payed for and they knew it beforehand. I got a rotound NO for an answer and when I insisted they (the three guys there) started to scream and swear at me!!! Un f...g believable!!! Obiously I am not coming back EVER! I better spend my next vacations in Baja.

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Cahuita Off The Beaten Path

  • Get gas

    Once you leave Limon & head southish towards Cahuita & Puerto Viejo gas stations are far & few between. The main one is located at Penshurst (or Penshurt) which is about 9 kms before Cahuita. Gas up here as the only other gas station is waay off the beaten path somewhere up a dirt short cut road to Panama. We have never looked for this one &...

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  • Sloths,Sloths.....everywhere!!

    If you are visiting the caibbean coast then the Sloth Refuge is a must see. For $30.00 US your visit includes breakfast with "Buttercup" & several baby sloths, a canal tour on one of the Rio Estrella's tributaries where you can see tons of birds & wild sloths & tour of the sloth rehab center. Try & be there before 6 a.m. as that is the best time to...

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  • Sixaola (and into Panama)

    The last village you can visit in Costa Rica before you have to cross the Panamese border is Sixaola. The village has the same name as the river that you'll find at the southside of Sixaola. If you cross this Sixaola-river you are in Panama.The village itself is not too special. The real "centre" is situated at about 600 metres from the border, but...

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Cahuita Favorites

  • Paradise National Park

    Cahuita is so much better than the busier resorts around it.Small town, has plenty of bars and places to eat. Budget to posh accomodation. A National Park full of wildlife and an amazing clear beach virtually deserted.

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  • Cahuita town

    We visited during low (rainy) season although June is known to be fairly dry. We only had rain at night which was perfect!Two young American girls were murdered here in 2000 and scared a lot of tourism off afterwards. Though they claim there has been an increased police presence, I didn't see any when I was there. Nevertheless, the town is very...

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  • Shock, gasp, faint.

    Scheisse I was trying to avoid putting a photo here, but I couldn't help but be shocked. Here is me standing, smiling, making no faces. Now isn't that a miracle? See I just had to display this here to show all my lovely VT amigos that I am not always insane as I may seem, as I am always documented at my worst.I am holding onto some vine. You should...

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Simple meals, good atmosphere
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Caribbean Food at its best!
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Howler Monkeys
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National Park Cahuita
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Direct Bus
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The best in Cahuita
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Good Pizza and they deliver
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More than Chinese Food
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Good for early Breakfast
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Lots of Atmosphere- Roberto
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Hike to Punta Kindra
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Bathing
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Beach
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Cahuita swamp, inside the park
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Discover the coral reef
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Secluded beaches
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Amazing coconut curry
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BEACH AND FLOWERS
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PARQUE NACIONAL CAHUITA
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MONKEYS AND A BUTTERFLY IN CAHUITA
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PLAYA NEGRA
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get in for free
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getting here by bus is not so difficult
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