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Cahuita National Park

  • Cahuita, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Last updated: 05 April, 2024

Just outside the laid-back little one-street village of Cahuita, this Atlantic coastal national park protects long sandy beaches, beautiful offshore reefs and crocodile-filled creeks and rivers.

Ocelots live in the rainforest behind the coast and Cahuita is an important turtle-nesting ground.

The park has exceptional biodiversity and species variety because it is contiguous with the huge UNESCO World Heritage listed Parque Internacional La Amistad (shared with neighbouring Panama) and the Refugio Nacional Gandoca-Manzanillo; together they make one of the largest wilderness areas on the Caribbean coast of Central America.

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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

  • Limon Province, Costa Rica

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Experience

One of the world’s only rehabilitation and rescue centre for sloths, where you’ll see adult and baby two and three-toed sloths. Fascinating tours – which keep the project alive – include behind-the-scenes visits to the nursery, where rescued babies are weaned.

Adult price: £23

Good for age: 4+

The Tarantula’s Way

  • Limon Province, Costa Rica

The Tarantula’s Way

Experience

These on-foot night safaris, led by a wildlife local expert guide, aren’t just about tarantulas. Nights are the best times to see nocturnal mammals like kinkajou – a kind of Central American bushbaby, and a host of rare birds from nightjars to huge owls. Arachnophobes should have no fear – the spiders are shy – disappearing quickly unless you tread very lightly.

Adult price: £20

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The park is very easy to access. It extends over a peninsula immediately outside the little village of Cahuita on the south of the Costa Rican Caribbean coast.

The nearest airport is in Limón town (daily flights from San José, 40 mins), which is linked by bus to Cahuita (50 mins) or taxi (30 mins). Cahuita is a small village and never gets very busy.

While expert wildlife tours can be organised through local operators in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita villages, the national park can easily be visited independently on foot simply by walking along the beaches immediately east of Cahuita village itself.

Tours available include night safaris in the forest and there is a sloth rehabilitation centre next to the park.

When to do it

While it can rain at any time, Cahuita is driest September through October and February through March. These are the best times to spot wildlife and enjoy sunny days on the beach and is when most tourists visit.

July is the wettest month. Turtles nest between March and November, and in the largest number in July.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

  • Limon

Experience the tropical rainforest beauty, the beach and the canals with this full-day excursion tour with a professional guide and have an enjoyable time on the Caribbean coast. The tour starts in Puerto Limon where you can enjoy a scenic view of the town, learn about its history and take a boat ride through the Canals of Tortuguero. The tour also stops beside a banana plantation so you can taste some delicious tropical fruit, and visit Cahuita National Park. An air-conditioned minivan will be available for port pickup and drop-off.

Price $95

Min age 0

Rating 4.89 / 5 [189 ratings]

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  • Limon

A great, all-encompassing tour of Costa Rica! Enjoy a "6 in 1 tour" with a professional naturalist tour guide, who will introduce you to the most important aspects of the Afro-Caribbean Culture of Costa Rica, and show you the rich wildlife of this fascinating region. During this tour you will enjoy: 1) City Tour: 2) The Jungle Trail Cahuita national park on Vargas trail 3) Visit banana and chocolate plantations 4) Coastal Drive 5) The Tortuguero Canals 6) Enjoy the Souvenirs Stores & Shopping

Price $122

Min age 0

Rating 4.57 / 5 [33 ratings]

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  • Limon

Welcome to Caribbeans this is a great tour to know the roots from Limon, you will see how the indigenous Bribri lives, how they create chocolate in a easy way and also you will learn a few words of his lenguaje and how they use to hunt, this is a great experience if you want to learn about other culture Cahuita national park: The Jungla Trail offers a 1 km trek through a secondary forest offering beautiful landscapes, various flora and fauna. Inside the trail, among the abundant fauna visitors may witness the 3 toed sloths, monkeys, raccoons and see different species of birds

Price $120

Min age 1

Rating 4.86 / 5 [15 ratings]

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  • Limon

Cahuíta National Park Reserve are worldwide recognized, not only because of their natural beauty... Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and the tropical forest that shelters various animals, among which are the following: pacas, racoons, Northern tamanduas, opposums, porcupines and capuchin monkeys.

Price $107

Min age 5

Rating 5 / 5 [10 ratings]

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