The Caribbean shoreline of Costa Rica is typically overwhelmed by two places: the Amazon-like wilderness of Tortuguero in the north and the party/oceanside heaven of Puerto Viejo in the south.

Yet, despite venturing to every part of the Caribbean coast, there was one spot I preferred best: Cahuita.

Found an hour north of Puerto Viejo on the southern Caribbean coast, it’s a famous stop for some voyagers, but it is not even close to being as swarmed as different spots along the coast. Most explorers visit the public park with a similar name. The town is tiny (it’s home to under 10,000 individuals), and it’s predominantly comprised of little eateries and guesthouses—not shops and bars like you’d find in Puerto Viejo.

Furthermore, the recreation area is astounding.

With more than 2,600 acres of land ashore and a marine area of 55,000 acres, it’s not shocking that the recreation area is home to an inconceivable measure of nature and untamed life. There are more than 35 sorts of coral in the reefs inside the recreation area (which range around 4  km), and there are around 135 unique kinds of fish, which you can check if you go swimming nearby. Ocean turtles lay their eggs on the beaches.

It’s a paradise.

The recreation area itself opened in 1970 and acquired public park status by 1978. The main public park in the nation doesn’t charge admission (however, gifts are gladly received).

Tips for Visiting Cahuita National Park:

  • Wear nice shoes: The primary path is a 5 km circle, so you’ll need to wear great footwear in the event that you anticipate strolling the full path (it’s level, so you can do it in shoes assuming you need them, but shoes are most likely best).
  • Bring your swimsuit. Odds are you’ll need to swim or snorkel while you’re here, so remember your towel and bathing suit.
  • Remember water: It can get very warm assuming you climb the path or porch out near the ocean, so bring a lot of water (no less than 2 liters).
  • Adhere to the way: Abstain from harming the environment by remaining on the path. Try not to attempt to contact any of the natural life, by the same token.
  • Bring bug spray! Mosquitoes can be quite annoying, so bring bug spray!
  • Bring your own tissue. The latrines in the recreation area frequently will not have a tissue, so bring your own as a sanity check!
  • Remain dry. The rainiest months to visit are June and November, so attempt to stay away from those, assuming that you’re hoping to stay away from the everyday deluges.

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