What to See in Cahuita
Did you say you wanna see wildlife?
All of Cahuita's beautiful beaches are recipients of the Ecological Blue Flag award:
- Playa Negra
Playa Negra, with its black sand and calm water, is a great swimming beach.
Location: on the north end of Cahuita village.
- Playa Blanca
A perfect white sanded beach for swimming and relaxing.
Location: The first beach just after entering the Park and passing the ranger station
- Puerto Vargas
Also inside Cahuita National Park, Puerto Vargas is a great camping site with facilities nearby.
Garden, Farms & Museums
Everyone Loves Butterflies!
Check out a local butterfly garden with over 15 different species.
This is a place for everyone. It's a mixed medley of: chocolate museum, botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuary, Indian museum and organic farm.
If that's not enough join a guided tour for a deeper learning experience, or lounge out by the beautiful pool and eat well at the on-site restaurant specializing in Caribbean cuisine. 2 - 6 hour tours are available by reservation.
Tour an old cacao plantation, sample fresh cacao fruits and see how chocolate is made
ChocoRart Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory:
Harvested, fermented and cooked cocao is what you'll see here. The owners stick to the same traditional manner as the Mayan Indians have used for thousands of years. All tours are by reservation only and include a yummy chocolate tasting!
Parks, Reserves & Refuges
Aviarios Del Caribe (The Sloth Rescue Center)
This is a privately-owned wildlife rescue center near Cahuita. The goal here is to educate people about the amazing lives of sloths and conservation. Canoe tours, bird watching and hiking trails add to the fun. You can watch the owners and volunteers in action as they take care of the increasing number of resident sloths (over 80). Read more...
Bribri Reservation and Volio Waterfall
When you visit the Bribri Reservation you'll take an easy hike crossing a stream to a 50 foot beautiful waterfall, where you can top the day off with a cool swim in the huge swimming hole. Contact us for more info.
Cahuita National Park
Plenty of wildlife and marine life are found in this coastal park. With over 600 acres of living coral reefs your snorkeling experience will be one aquatic experience you won't forget. Read more...
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Over 70% of the southern Caribbean coast, including beaches and rain forests, are protected by this beautiful refuge. It's a great place for wildlife watching, hiking and a lot more. Read more...
Hitoy - Cerere Biological Reserve
This is one of the most rugged reserves in Costa Rica. Apart from the ranger station, there are no facilities for camping. Read more...