*Cahuita is definitely one of the most laid-back villages in Costa Rica. The friendly locals, soothing reggae beats, black sand beaches and warm, calm waters, make it the perfect place to do some serious chilling out. There are plenty of recreational activities to choose from including swimming, snorkeling, diving and sportfishing. Cahuita is also home to many tour companies that offer excursions such as white water rafting, jungle tours, and bird-watching trips.
*CahuitaŽs National Park is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica; in addition to beautiful beaches, the park offers a lush coastal rainforest and amazing coral reef to explore and discover. The reef contains 35 species of coral and provides a haven for hundreds of brightly colored tropical fish. You can walk on the beach itself or follow the trail that runs through the forest just behind the beach to check out the reef.
When to go
The Cahuita area is very hot and humid year-round, and especially wet from May to November. The high season for travel here is during the dry season, December through April. Expect a downpour at any time, even when the sun is shining!
How to get there
Busses from San José have daily runs to Cahuita and the trip is about 4 hours.
The closest airport to Cahuita is found in Limón. A taxi from the airport to Cahuita should cost around $15 (£7.50). You can also just walk the long block from the airport terminal to the main road south and flag down any of the frequent buses that pass by.
Most travelers do not need a visa to enter the country including those from Canada, U.S., Europe, Australia, the UK, Argentina, Israel, Japan, Panama, South Korea and Uruguay. Visitors can stay for up to 90 days. Note that it may be required to show a return ticket, ticket to another country, or proof of funds to purchase such tickets before being permitted to enter the country.
On guided tours, tip the guide US$1.00 to US$5.00 per person per day, and tip the tour driver about half of what you tip the guide. Naturally, tips depend upon quality of service. Taxi drivers are not normally tipped, unless some special service is provided. Upscale restaurants may add a 10% service charge to the bill. If not, you might leave a small tip to show your appreciation, but it is not required.