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Anyone game for an adventure on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica? If you are visiting Puerto Viejo you cannot miss the national park of Cahuita.

 

Located in the Talamanca canton of the Limón province, Cahuita National Park is a wonderful destination and considered one of the most important ecological reserves in Costa Rica. This park is a great example of the community coming together with the government to manage and promote sustainability. The people of this community have a lot of pride in their efforts to keep this a pristine place

 

The park has a beautiful protected rainforest and many hiking trails that will afford you the opportunity to see lots of wildlife. You will encounter monkeys, lizards, raccoons, coatis and the occasional snake. But don’t let your fear of snakes stop you from enjoying this experience! The snakes are hidden and they really don’t want to interact. Appreciate their beauty. 

 

Looking for sloths? You will be sure to find them in the high branches of the forest. The sound of the forest reverberates from loud to dead quiet as the animals make their presence known, then hiding when yours is announced. If you are a bird watcher this is a great place to see many of the varieties that live in Costa Rica. 

 

I have heard people report seeing more wildlife in the Cahuita area than any place in Costa Rica. It is suggested that you take a guide to fully experience the nature of Cahuita. The guides, trained by the National Training Institute, know what to look for and point out many things that are easily missed by sightseers on their own. They are well worth the cost of hiring.

 

Within the park are the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Puerto Vargas and Playa Blanca. Many consider these to be the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, both lined with palm trees. As a point of caution, please be careful where you choose to relax — the falling coconuts are dangerous! Always look up when picking your spot.

 

The beaches are great for long walks, but the highlight is snorkeling that’s second to none. You will marvel at all of the diverse marine life, including many species of coral. Please be aware not to touch the coral. 

 

Share with us your own adventures in the Cahuita region!

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