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Cahuita National Park

This tiny little Caribbean town is among my favourite places in Costa Rica (I think only second to Montezuma on the Pacific which wins out slightly for having more options for eating and going out).

The town gained considerably notoriety back in 2000 when two young girls were killed. As a result, tourism sharply declined and security increased. Despite this tragedy, Cahuita is a generally very safe place to visit (I found it considerably safer than Puerto Viejo just 20 minutes south) and absolutely beautiful.

You can stay in inexpensive cabins just a few steps from the National Park which has 11 kilometres of beaches, coral reefs and jungle trails that allow you an upclose encounter with many animals (watch out for those pesky monkeys- they love to steal food and cameras!) The coconut curry food is spectacular and the people generally really friendly. Don't miss out on staying in Cahuita - it is such a treasure!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not too touristy, inexpensive, amazing food, beautiful
  • Cons:Not too much of a nightlife
  • Last visit to Cahuita: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 14, 2008
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    I see you really enjoyed your stay in Cahuita. It seems a very beautiful area to explore and I look forward to my visit in early January. Will try to get to that gorgeous beach in the Park. The coconut curry sounds very delicious :)

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 12:33 PM

    Hello Kindra! Great page on Cahuita with informative tips and beautiful pictures.

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 1:37 PM

    Hi Kindra. You always choose wonderful places to live/visit !!! (btw, remember about those two girls... no other problems since then though)


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