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Cahuita National Park

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“national park”(143 reviews)
“howler monkeys”(106 reviews)
“beautiful beach”(41 reviews)
This coastal park contains white sandy beaches and coral reefs.
At the Far End of Main Street, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful park, entrance fee is by donation. Walk the trail or stay on the beach or do both! We saw howler monkeys, capuchins, snakes and lots of birds.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CarlisleLori
Reviewed yesterday

We spend a morning walking around the park, getting out of the heat. Even though there is only one trail, there is still a lot of wildlife to see.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joke V
Reviewed 3 days ago

Cost is about $5 the paths are well kept we saw monkeys, sloths and racoons. Plenty of people on the trails and lots of photo opportunities.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jacqueline E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wow!! Our private guide-Richard ( pay him directly and it’s less of a fee than doing a tour) was extremely knowledgeable about each species and the Mational Park in general. We saw numerous sloths, howler monkeys, a viper, massively large crickets (lol) iguanas, lizards, bats......More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Sherran B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a bus form Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Vargas beach entrance. The hiking in 8-9 km long, trail is flat and easy. 5 dollars fee, great infrastructure and beautiful landscapes, including Caribbean beaches and tropical forest biodiversity. We got to see slots,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Ana Moraes C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bring binoculars to see the wildlife!!! Wear a swimsuit, sunblock, and bring your towel. This is a beach and nature trail without bathrooms (except at the entrance) You will see some monkeys and hopefully sloths, but they hide waaaaay up high.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sallyghanim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited 3 days in the national park, saw lots of sloths capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys, raccoons, snakes, squirrels, birds and butterflies. Superb park to see wildlife even without a guide

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank _adelehenderson63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent half a day visiting and see sloths, raccoons, antigas, spiders, squirrels, bird life, howler monkies. Really beautiful place. Go early to avoid the tour groups.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RevyNeat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail here is point to point. I'd recommend starting at the southern end and finishing at to the northern entrance in Cahuita village, as the trail at Puerto Vargas beach is quite exposed and gets very hot in the afternoon. As with all the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LiamM449
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cahuita NP is absolutely stunning and I highly recommend it for the tons of wildlife and beautiful beaches. One tip for the administration would be to just get rid of the donation system for the Cahuita town entrance. Either require a fee or dont. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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19 November 2018|
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Response from HappyinHK888 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - so very glad u r visiting Cahuita. You are right , DO NOT hike the whole trail. Seeing wildlife is always chancy (time and season matters and monkeys are wanderers). Having said that - Pro of the entrance at Cahuita... More
7 May 2018|
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Response from Adam B | Reviewed this property |
100% recommed a guide - you will see a lot more wildlife that way. I was put off initially but changed my mind - paid off in minutes when shown a venemous snake about 20cm long that we would never have spotted. Our guide... More
14 April 2018|
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Response from frederl1071 | Reviewed this property |
I think Cahuita would get you in closer proximity to the rain forest and snorkeling. Use the Cahuita entrance to to park to see the most animals (and go early to get ahead of the cruise ship tours). The park opens at 8:00 am. More