Welcome to Cahuita


Cahuita proudly claims the area’s first permanent Afro-Caribbean settler: a turtle fisherman named William Smith, who moved his family to Punta Cahuita in 1828. Now his descendants, along with those of many other West Indian immigrants, run the charming eateries and brightly painted bungalows that hug this idyllic stretch of coast.

Situated on a pleasant point, the town itself has a waterfront but no beach. For that, most folks make the five-minute jaunt up the coast to Playa Negra or southeast into neighboring Parque Nacional Cahuita.


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$55 Shore Excursions

Puerto Limon: Tortuguero Canals, Playa Bonita, Plantation Tour

You'll start this 3-to-4 hours shore excursion by meeting your local excursion guide just outside Puerto Limon's cruise ship terminal. Hop into a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle and get ready to go. Along the trip, your guide will give you interesting bits of information about Costa Rica's Caribbean province.City Tour and Scenic ViewGet a magnificent view of Puerto Limon’s town from a panoramic viewpoint. This is a great opportunity to take a picture of the city and the ship docks.Tortuguero Canals boat rideDiscover the Tortuguero Canals in a covered boat during a one-hour ride. Your tour guide will point you to the different plants and animals in the area, and you'll learn about its biodiversity.Fruit StandLearn more about tropical plants and their fruits. You'll be able to see the actual plants and trees, and also taste some of these delicious fruits at a rustic fruit stand on the way to Cahuita.Banana PlantationBananas are a big part of Costa Rican economy, with Limon being central to this activity. You will stop beside a banana plantation and learn about the process of cultivating, harvesting and shipping the fruit (please keep in mind that, due to regulations, we are not allowed to enter the processing plant).Playa BonitaYou'll visit Playa Bonita, or "beautiful beach". Enjoy Bonita's beach unique scenery, and if the weather's nice, you'll be able to take a dip in the sea. If you want to, you can just relax in a chair or purchase some local dishes at the nearby restaurants.SupermarketOnce you are back in town, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the products at the market in the city of Limon and purchase some Costa Rican coffee and other local goods.

$110 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Tortuguero National Park from San Jose

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero national park preserves 21,000 hectares of tropical rain forest, and is abundant with exciting species of plant and animal life. Take a day trip from San Jose, and discover a rich landscape of lush greenery, and sleepy canals. Led by an expert guide, head out of San Jose,  in the heart of Tortuguero national park. Get to grips with the freshwater and marine biology of the area, and if you are lucky, spot an Atlantic green turtle!Parque Nacional Cahuita has the largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica, including 6 species of coral, a wide range of colorful tropical fishes and the occasional encounter of a harmless reef shark or sting ray. This beach has a horse shoe shape, with the entrance of the park at one end and beautiful Punta Cahuita at the other end.You will be picked up at your hotel and be taken to the village of Cahuita. There the captain and the guide are waiting for you to take you by boat to the coral reef where you are going to snorkel for two hours in two different points of the National Park. After that we will go back to the beach for a rest and to have a snack with tropical fruits. The little break at the beach is followed by a 1 hour guided hike in this wonderful coastal forest: monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and other interesting encounters are common. During the hike you will also learn about the history of Cahuita. At the end of the walk, the van will take you back to your hotel.

$185 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip from San Jose to Cahuita National Park (Caribbean Coast)

The National Park in Cahuita stars a splendid eight-kilometer hike along beaches that are cut straight out a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. Start your tour from the Kelly Creek station in Cahuita, a tiny beachfront town, and walk all the way around Punta Cahuita towards the Puerto Vargas beach. Apart from the stunning beaches and tropical plants, the park hides a lot animals as well, including furry friends and reptiles. As the most easily accessible national park in the Caribbean south of Costa Rica, Cahuita is a favorite among many. It consists of 2,732 acres of land and 55,200 marine acres and was created to protect the largest coral reef in the country. With stunning white sand beaches, a plethora of wildlife and a well maintained walking trail, this national park is a must for anyone visiting Puerto Viejo Costa Rica.The 600 acre reef has around 35 species of coral, over 100 species of fish and mollusks, crustaceans and sea turtles. There are also a few rivers in the park so a variety of wildlife can be seen such as white face monkeys, herons, caimans, sloths, snakes and lizards.Cahuita is not overly touristic even though it has well developed roads and facilities. It’s the perfect place for any traveler wishing to experience the Costa Rican wildlife, jungle and beaches in a pristine and peaceful area.One of the reasons why people love the Caribbean coast is the abundant wildlife. Cahuita National Park is one of the best in Costa Rica to see animals because of the year long lush rainforest.Tour includes: Professional bilingual guide, comfortable air conditioning transportation, breakfast, caribbean style lunch, entrance fees, bottled water, raincoat Departure time:  6:00 am aprox. Duration: 12-13 hours What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, hat, sunblock lotion, mosquito repellent, towel, and your camera 

$2380 Multi-day & Extended Tours

12 Days: Naturally Costa Rica package

ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival into San Jose Costa Rica Meet & assistance upon arrival at the International Airport Transfer from Intl Airport to San Jose Palacio Hotel Lodging at San Jose Palacio Hotel or similar  - Superior room with taxes included  Day 2 Breakfast buffet included at the Hotel Doka State Coffee Plantations & La Paz Waterfall Gardens tour with buffet lunch Lodging at San Jose Palacio Hotel or similar - Superior room with taxes included Day 3 Breakfast buffet included Irazu Volcano + Cartago City + Orosi Valley Tour with buffet lunch included Lodging at San Jose Palacio Hotel or similar - Superior room with taxes included  Day 4 Breakfast buffet included  Arenal volcano + Sarchi oxcart factory + Tabacon Resort tour with buffet lunch and dinner  Lodging at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar - Volcano view room with taxes included  Day 5 Breakfast buffet included   SKY Trek , Sky Tram, Sky Walk tour with lunch included  Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure Lodging at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar - Volcano view room with taxes included Day 6 Breakfast buffet included White water rafting in Balsa River class III with lunch included Lodging at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar  - Volcano view room with taxes included Day 7 Early morning Ground private transfer from Arenal to Guapiles Breakfast included at El Ceibo Restaurant Transfer by boat to Tortuguero National park Buffet lunch and dinner included Lodging at Pachira Lodge or similar  -  standard bungalow with taxes included Day 8 Breakfast buffet included Pachira Lodge activities (Canals + birdwatching + beach tours) Lunch buffet included Dinner buffet included Lodging at Pachira  Lodge or similar  - Standard bungalow with taxes included Day 9 Breakfast included Am /Transfer by boat from Tortuguero to the dock in Guapiles Lunch included at El Ceibo Restaurante Transfer from Guapiles to Cahuita Beach in the Caribbean Lodging at Cariblue Bungalows Hotel or similar - Bungalow with taxes included Day 10 Breakfast included Snorkeling & Hiking tour in Cahuita National Park with lunch included Lodging at Cariblue Bungalows Hotel or similar - Bungalow with taxes included Day 11 Breakfast included Morning at leisure Pm / Transfer from Cahuita back to San Jose Lodging at San Jose Palacio Hotel or similar - superior room with taxes included Day 12 Breakfast included At the appointed time, transfer from San Jose Hotel to the International Airport for your flight back home  End of services

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour Limon HIghlights 6 in 1

During this tour you will enjoy: 1) A short City Tour: A bus drive around the City of Puerto Limon  2) A visit to Cahuita National Park (Rainforest & Beaches). Located at just 60 minutes from the Pier, Cahuita, from the indigenous worlds kawe or mahogany and ta or point, was created in 1970 to protect the country's largest coral reef. One hundred twenty-three species of fish have been listed here, along with a variety of corals and other invertebrates. The park also protects an example of tropical moist forest, along with swamps forest and marshland. Cahuita is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy a beautiful tropical beach, the rain forest and abundant wildlife. Upon arrival to Cahuita Town, we will get into the park for a 45 minutes nature walk for enjoy the rich biodiversity of the area, along a flat and shady trail that runs along the shoreline. Monkeys, Sloths, Iguanas, Toucans, Colourful Frogs and many other species are very common to see during this tour. This is a very easy walk for all, from kids to seniors. 3) Visit a Banana Plantation, where many interesting facts about this amazing fruit will be explained: The Crop, harvesting, processing, packing and exportation. Costa Rica is the second largest banana producer in the world and 80% of the plantations are located in Limon province, becoming one of the most important economical activities in the region. Note: In this tour we visit the plantations. No the packing houses due they are private properties and we are not allowed to get in. 4) Coastal Drive: Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Puerto Limon coastline during the bus drive to the different attractions. 5) The Tortuguero Canals: Board your covered boat for a 60 minutes leisurely cruise through the jungle canals. Your guide explains the rain forest eco-system and points out sights of interest. Keep an eye out for wildlife including howler monkeys, many sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats and crocodiles as well as exotic flora. 6) Enjoy the Souvenirs Stores & Shopping: During our Limon Highlights tour, you will enjoy different souvenirs stores. The Caribbean enjoys a diversity of cultures: Afro-Costa Rican, Bribri and Cabécar, Asian, Italian and Central American, among others. Besides food, the region features a collection of cultural activities and traditions that also differentiate it from the rest of the country. Taking part of this amazing tour, you will become an expertise about the rich cultural heritage and ecological resources of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Don't miss it…

$79 Tours & Sightseeing

Cahuita National Park and banana plantation Shore Excursion

The tour begins at port where you hop on an air-conditioned motor coach for a one-hour drive along scenic roads, passing quaint villages on your way to Cahuita.Cahuita, from the indigenous worlds kawe or mahogany and ta or point, was created in 1970 to protect the country's largest coral reef. One hundred twenty-three species of fish have been listed here, along with a variety of corals and other invertebrates. The park also protects an example of tropical moist forest, along with swamps forest and marshland. Cahuita is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy a beautiful tropical beach, the rain forest and abundant wildlife. Upon arrival to Cahuita Town, we will get into the park for a 45 minutes nature walk for enjoy the rich biodiversity of the area, along a flat and shady trail that runs along the shoreline. Monkeys, Sloths, Iguanas, Toucans, Colourful Frogs and many other species are very common to see during this tour. This is a very easy walk for all, from kids to seniors.From the pier to Cahuita you will pass lots of banana plantations and our tour guide will stop in one of them, where many interesting facts about this amazing fruit will be explained: The Crop, harvesting, processing, packing and exportation. Costa Rica is the second largest banana producer in the world and 80% of the plantations are located in Limon province, becoming one of the most important economic activities in the region. Note: In this tour we visit the plantations. No the packing houses due they are private properties and we are not allowed to get in. Our guide will explain from the side road about the activity.This tour is an excellent introduction to the culture and rainforest of Costa Rica.