What to Do in Cahuita
Doing fun activities always enhances your trip. So, don't just swing in a hammock, get out there and experience some of that Caribbean culture!
Nature & Adventure Activities
Bird & Wildlife Spying
You don’t have to go far to have close encounters with howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys, sloths, toucans, iguanas, butterflies and tons of other fauna. And if you can’t get enough strolling around town, head over to Cahuita National Park.
This is a great way to get around town and enjoy daily explorations with the whole family. The dirt road that runs along the coast has relatively little traffic and passes by some Cahuita's most beautiful beaches.
What’s dually great about this activity is that you’re being eco-friendly without even trying. Plus, if you’re traveling with a family the kids burn some of that restless energy while feeling totally independent. Even the little ones, who get a booster seat on the back of a bike, can enjoy the scenery while mom and pop do all the work. And this way you'll get a kick out of the potholed, semi paved roads - a Costa Rican specialty.
Diving & Snorkeling -- What's Under These Waters?
The best snorkeling, where visibility is good most of the time, is in the waters off of Cahuita Point, and other locations only the guides know about. You'll get to see colorful fish and lots of other marine life swimming around the living reef. You can rent equipment in some hotels and local stores or you can go on a snorkeling excursion to Cahuita National Park.
Fishing -- There Really are lots of Fish in the Sea!
Puerto Viejo will expose you to a new kind of fishing, yet it's not new to the local fishermen who have been doing artisan fishing for generations. On these tours you will hop into a small dugout canoe or wooden panga and use a hand-reel and line. Bet you can't do this one at home...
Hiking the Great Outdoors!
Sign up for a guided jungle walk through the parks, and check out wildlife, waterfalls and nature at its best. You might get to see a sloth, an iguana and monkeys all at the same time
Horseback Riding -- Giddy UP!
What better way to explore local plantations than from the high seat of a mounted horse. Plus, you can gallop along the beach at sunset and tell everyone at home what you did!
Rafting -- Rolling the Rapids
Rafters of all levels will love a full day rafting trip down the Pacuare River classed III and IV. Tours depart from Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.
Culture, Festivals & Events
Shop till you Drop!
For the exotic, handmade gifts and souvenirs, it's worth the 15 minute drive to Puerto Viejo. Cahuita does have some interesting shops located along the main road in town, but for the unique handmade jewerly and crafts, Puerto Viejo is your best bet.
Festivals: National Carnival
Celebrate a national carnival with the locals of Cahuita during the last 10 days of November.