It appears that your web browser does not support JavaScript, or you have temporarily disabled scripting. The Explore website requires JavaScript enabled to operate correctly.

Find a trip

Where would you like to go?
What type of trip do you like?
When would you like to go?
More search options
563 Matching trips
Site Search


Discover our latest brochures available online now, with hundreds of adventures to choose from.


Be the first to hear about great new tours, competitions, special offers and unique departures.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: Red-stars

Total number of reviews: 2,720

Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift idea for any occasion. Send gift vouchers and create fantastic memories with vast trips and experiences to choose from.

Cahuita National Park Holidays

  • Capuchin Monkey, Cahuita

Blink and you’ll miss Cahuita which is hidden a few hundred metres down an unassuming road off Highway 36, 10 km south of the petrol station at Penshurst. The small town (district population 4200) epitomizes the south Caribbean – laid back but with just enough energy to keep things ticking along. The predominantly Afro-Caribbean town sits on a small rocky peninsula – the first protuberance of any significance south of Limón – and is barely larger than a football pitch. South of town, a small creek leads to the golden sands that mark the northernmost point of Cahuita National Park, home to some of the best coral reefs in the country. If the Caribbean means beaches to you, these palm-fringed golden sands will be tough to beat. They are postcard perfect, shaded by jauntily angled coconut palms reaching out to the ocean, and a very short walk from the southern end of Cahuita town.

Cahuita National Park was created in 1970 to protect the coral reef that lies off Punta Cahuita. As the best example of coral in the country, snorkellers who swim or join a tour to the reefs will see brain coral and leafy sea fans in the crystalline waters, and colourful coral fish darting nimbly among through the reef. However, the reef has suffered as a result of the earthquake of 1991 as well as from chemical run-off from banana plantations and increased sediment run-off due to deforestation. The marine portion of the protected area covers over 22,400 ha, the land portion is much smaller measuring just 1106 ha.

You can stroll through a small area of the park by entering from Cahuita, turning around after you’ve been far enough. Or, if you walk through, which makes for a comfortable day’s walk, you eventually arrive at Puerto Vargas and the junction with Highway 36 from where you can catch a bus back to Cahuita. A 7-km path follows the coastline around Punta Cahuita moving through the coconut palms and entering the mixed forest where you have a good chance of seeing howler monkeys, coatis, raccoons, snakes and butterflies. Areas of swamp are good places to see green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons and northern boat-billed herons.

Tours visiting Cahuita National Park

Browse tours

0 Matching tours GO

Activities in Cahuita National Park