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Cahuita National Park

Region: Caribbean
Location: Approximately 43 kilometers south of Limon to the town of Cahuita.
Size: 2,732 terrestrial acres / 55,200 marine acres
National Park since: December 27, 1982
Highlights: Scuba and snorkeling, white sand beaches, coral reefs, turtle nesting, scenic trail between ranger stations.
Facilities: Two ranger stations—Kelly Creek Station, Puerto Vargas Station—are open from 8am to 4pm and have potable water & restrooms. The beach camping area has restrooms, showers and picnic tables. Swimming is allowed only in the camping area due to protected turtle nesting areas and strong currents.

Scuba diving is a popular activity in Cahuita National Park. Beautiful coral reefs and very colorful tropical fish offer make this a diver's paradise. There is a shipwreck located at the north of the mouth of the Perezoso river that sank in the 18th century.

photo courtesy of Eric Fredericks

On land expect to find raccoons, pacas, sloths, agoutis, crabs, howler and capuchin monkeys, night herons and keel-billed toucans, coatis, and snakes to name a few.

The southern beach is a nesting site for several varieties of sea turtles.

There is a scenic trail from the Kelly Creek Station along the coast to the beach camping area which also has restrooms, showers and picnic tables.


Area de Conservacion
La Amistad Caribe (ACLA-C)
Apdo 10104-1000, Costa Rica
Main: 506-758-3170
Lodge: none

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above photo courtesy of
Haakon S. Krohn