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Cahuita (Costa Rica)

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3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
Four hours by bus from San José
When to go
From November to April
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Cahuita

Travel writer
181 travel articles

A small town on the Caribbean coast in the south of Costa Rica and a genuine paradise on earth.

My suggestion:
Take advantage of your time in Cahuita to familiarize yourself with Calypso, a wonderful Caribbean sound that you'll no doubt want to add to your play list. Guaranteed effect: you'll feel like you're on holiday all year round!

Cahuita is a very small town steeped in traditional authenticity and located by the sea, where the living is good ... very good in fact. It still remains unaffected by mass tourism, and it's also known as "the little Jamaica" of Costa Rica. I'll leave you to imagine the atmosphere for yourself. Here, life is lived to the rhythm of Afro-Caribbean music and the sounds of nature.

Cahuita's beaches are splendid, and the national park of the same name is spectacular. There's something for all tastes here: waves for the surfers, sublime underwater sites for snorkeling enthusiasts, and places suitable for bathing. As for the flora and fauna, it's all exceptional; you're in Costa Rica don't forget: nature in all its glory, that's the country's creed!

How about the food? If you like grilled fish, coconut rice and smoothies made with avocados, you'll be in your element! 

Cahuita is really a firm favorite of mine, and it's an ideal place if you are looking for a magnificent destination where you will be guaranteed plenty of opportunities to meet the local people. 

Beach at Cahuita
Travel writer
27 travel articles

Cahuita is a typical village with all the colors and flavors of the Caribbean. The village is on the road to Puerto Viejo and is worth a look, although staying overnight is not really necessary.

My suggestion:
On the way to Puerto Viejo I suggest you get your camera out and stop at Cahuita to get really colorful pictures.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to see the Cahuita National Park, which is recommended if you want to explore the sea bed with a snorkel. The way in to the park is easy and well sign posted from Cahuita village.
I decided to stop in the village for the day and enjoy some local cuisine, not to mention a few cocktails to go with it. Unlike the rest of the country where you get endless variations on Gallo-Pinto and its various sauces, in Cahuita you'll find typically Caribbean dishes with delicious grilled chicken. And, unless you don't like the heat and it stops you feeling hungry, remember to leave room for dessert, a sort of pancake with bananas, strawberries and/or chocolate!
If you've hired a 4x4 for your stay in Costa Rica ​​​then you can go a bit further up the beaches next to Cahuita and find places which are deserted and virtually untouched. So, you can enjoy a beach all to yourself - but watch out for the mosquitoes once night falls.​
Cahuita village
sonia goupil Travel writer
12 travel articles

Cahuita is a small village in the province of Limon. It is bordered by the famous Cahuita National Park where you can see wild animals and go snorkelling. The beaches are very beautiful.

My suggestion:
This small, brightly colored village with a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere is worth a detour, perhaps after a hike in the park, for example. Enjoy the white sand beach and the friendliness of the locals.

After my hike in Cahuita National Park I stopped by and strolled down the sandy streets of this little village. There are lots of small restaurants or sodas (as they are called in Costa Rica) along the street - the ideal opportunity to try some Caribbean flavours.

Despite all its charm Cahuita's only claim to tourist interest is its proximity to the National Park. If you are going to stay in the area it's better to go to Puerto Viejo, a few kilometers away.

A few evenings each week Cahuita is THE place to go out. If you're with friends it's a great opportunity to get moving to that reggae sound and those Caribbean rhythms.