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Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park the name Cahuita comes from the terms “Kawe” which means “Sangrillo” (tree in the area) and “Ta” which means “punta”, meaning “Punta Sangrillo”.

This National Park has 23,290 hectares of marine coverage and 1,102 terrestrial hectares. In this territory there is a set of ecological systems such as coral reefs, which due to their structure and diversity, are considered the most developed in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Cahuita Flora and Fauna

Associated to this system, a great diversity of fauna species (fish, crustaceans, invertebrates, among others) and flora (seagrasses and algae) have been developed.

On land, mangrove patches, flooded forests and tropical rain forest are added, to which numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds are associated.

The most common fauna species are: monkey congo, white-faced monkey, sloth bear, coatis, toucan, trogon, night heron, among others.

On the reef you can see: coral, elkhorn coral, sea fan, French angel fish, queen angel fish, isabelite fish, sea cucumber, lobsters, turtles and colorful fish.

Cahuita National Park What to do and see

Swimming, hiking discovering nature along the trail, snorkeling on the marine trail, listening to the sounds of nature, tanning, beach volleyball, performing different exercises on the beach and non-glamorous artistic and cultural events that have the endorsement of the administration of the Park.

Sendero Punta Cahuita. It is located parallel to the coast, between the northwest boundary of the Park (Kelly Creek River) and the Puerto Vargas beach sector. The first section of the trail and the one with the highest intensity of use, is the one that extends between the limit of the Park and the Suárez River, with a distance of 1,500 meters. It allows visitors to enter the beach for the enjoyment of swimming and resting activities under the almond trees of the beach, or to sunbathe.


Another section of the trail that is used by people who like to walk to observe the landscape and aspects of biodiversity, is located between the Suarez River and Punta Cahuita, with a distance of 2,334 meters. This means that the visitor has the possibility to walk 7.2 kilometers from the northwest limit of the Park (round trip). This part of the trail shows the flora, fauna and landscape, since there are no suitable sites for beach activities.

The last part of the trail is the one that goes parallel to the coast from Punta Cahuita to Puerto Varags with 2,100 meters, which has a lower intensity of use. It crosses the humid tropical forest, where a stand of sangrillo can be observed, with exuberant trees.

Access Prices to Cahuita National Park

Playa Blanca Entrance
Voluntary donation

Puerto Vargas Entrance
$ 10 USD foreigners
10,000 colones nationals and residents

Contact Information

Phone Numbers:
Central offices: 2755-0302 and 2755-0461
Regional offices: 2795-1446

Public attention schedules
Monday to Sunday from 7am to 5pm
(White Beach Sector)
Monday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm
(Sector Puerto Vargas)

Security Measures

  • Only swim in the permitted areas.
    Dive only on the duly marked trails.
    Walk only on the permitted trails.
    Respect the park visitation schedule.
    I will not stop over the corals.