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Cahuita History

Cahuita is a small, quiet, and ecological tourist village whose small population still lives from agriculture and sea activities. It is in the middle of the wild Costa Rican Caribbean coast, a quiet tourist destination situated among National Parks, protected areas and ecological Indian reserves.

Cahuita National Park is located in Baja Talamanca, in the Province of Limón . It is also covers a large part of the mountain range called "Cordillera de Talamanca" which begins in the southern part of the "Cordillera Central", better known as the Central Valley by Costa Rica 's inhabitants. It is one of the wildest and greenest preserves in the world and includes hundreds of flora, fauna, and sea wildlife ecosystems, not to mention a rich archaeological and anthropological history. There is high risk of destruction in "Cordillera de Talamanca" which still holds undiscovered mysteries.

Cahuita National Park was created on September 7, 1970. Its purpose is to protect the coastal flora and fauna, in addition to the coral reefs and marine ecosystems. Cahuita's main attractions are its white sandy beaches, miles of coconut groves, calm clear seas and coral reefs. Cahuita Point is mostly swamp land, with an abundance of coconut and beach almond trees.

The reef sits off Cahuita Point and fans out over 240 hectares. It is the only mature coral formation found along Costa Rica 's Caribbean coastline. Among the coral species are the elk-horn and smooth brain, with Venus sea fans, sea urchins and numerous species of fish also inhabiting the waters such as French angelfish, blue parrot fish, barracuda and queen angelfish. Other species present are the sea cucumber, lobster, white shrimp, green turtle and various crustaceans. Four identified species of crabs are also very abundant. The howler monkey, raccoon and white-nosed coati are widely found, as are several species of swamp-forest birds, such as the green ibis, yellow-crowned night heron and Northern boat-billed heron.

The four mile trail which connects Cahuita and the Puerto Vargas Ranger Station is well marked and maintained. White-faced monkeys, sloths and large webbed spiders are very common in this park. Along the path, numerous possibilities exist to swim and/or snorkel. If you need to rent snorkel equipment, Cahuita offers a great number of possibilities .

How to get there

1. Once you arrive in Juan Santamaría Airport, you must take either a public bus from the main bus stop at the airport to San José Main Bus Station (Avenida 2, Calle 12), or an orange taxi to a hotel in the San José area. There are many hotels available for every budget. We can of course assist you in finding a nice and affordable hotel for overnight or longer stays.

2. You must take a taxi from your hotel or from the Main Bus Station to the Limón Bus Station (Estación de Buses Caribeños), located in San José , at Calle Central, Avenidas 13 y 15. Once there, you must buy a ticket at the Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Sixaola ticket counter (Transportes Mepe). Make sure to arrive at least one hour before departure to secure your ticket. You might also wish to purchase your ticket a day in advance. Departures are at 6:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. , 3:30 p.m. Once you arrive in Cahuita please call us at: (PH: 755 0497) or walk directly to the School. [Close]