Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwest end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates the beach is kept to the highest ecological standards. This is undoubtedly Cahuita’s …
Top Choice Seafood in Cahuita

Sobre Las Olas

Garlic shrimp, seafood pasta, or fresh grilled fish of the day come accompanied by crashing waves and sparkling blue Caribbean vistas at this sweet spot owned by a lively couple. Cahuita’s top option for romantic wa…
Top Choice Caribbean in Cahuita

Miss Edith's

This long-time local restaurant serves a slew of Caribbean specialties and a number of vegetarian options. The service may be laid-back, and some dishes aren't spectacular, but the spicy jerk chicken and potatoes st…
Pizza in Cahuita

Pizzeria CahuITA

As the red-white-and-green color scheme implies, the ITA here stands for Italy, motherland of the two expatriate families who opened this excellent, unpretentious pizzeria in 2013. Grab a seat at the aluminum tables…
Gardens in Cahuita

Tree of Life

This lovingly maintained wildlife center and botanical garden 3km northwest of town on the Playa Negra road rescues and rehabilitates animals while also promoting conservation through educational programs. The rotat…
Seafood in Cahuita

Restaurant La Fé Bumbata

Chef and owner Walter, a Cahuita native, serves up tall tales and tasty meals at this reasonably priced spot. There’s a laundry list of Tico and Caribbean items, but the main draw is anything doused in the restauran…
Caribbean in Cahuita

Chao's Paradise

Follow the wafting smell of garlic and simmering sauces to this highly recommended Playa Negra outpost that serves fresh catches cooked up in spicy ‘Chao’ sauce. The central Playa Negra open-air restaurant-bar has a…
Italian in Cahuita


The menu here revolves around pizza, pasta and other Italian-themed mains, but it's better known for its regular movie screenings. Free movies are shown every night, as are two-for-one cocktails from 5pm to 10pm.
Wildlife Reserve in Cahuita

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

About 10km northwest of Cahuita, bordering the Río Estrella, the Arroyo family runs this private 88-hectare wildlife sanctuary dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned sloths. Visitors can observe these unique a…
Juice Bar in Cahuita

Smoothie Bar & Crêpe Café

At this friendly main-street spot, Sherilyn whips up fresh fruit crepes and juices mixed with water, milk, yogurt or ice cream. There's always an attractively priced juice of the day (US$2), but even better is the a…