Despite recent popularity, Cahuita has somehow managed to retain the feel and atmosphere of a classic Caribbean small town. The center of Cahuita is snuggled into a small point that reaches out into the Caribbean Sea. It has only two gravel roads with very little traffic and the villagers still spend the afternoon sitting in the shade as it all passes by. Most of the businesses of Cahuita are locally owned and operated with a casual laidback feel. This is an incredibly beautiful area, and home to several well-known beaches as well as a national park.
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Cahuita was first settled by an Afro Caribbean fisherman who moved his family to the area in 1828. The family not only brought their possessions, but also brought along the Afro Caribbean culture and influence which can still be observed today.
These days, people visit Cahuita for the beautiful beaches, national park and Caribbean cuisine. Parque Nacional Cahuita is located at just a 5 minute walk from the downtown area. Here you will find some of the best beaches with trails that run through protected jungle. In addition you can swim out to two living coral reefs within the protected area.
Not to be over looked, the town of Cahuita is also known for its great tasting Caribbean cuisine. Though you will not find a formal restaurant in town, you will not have to look hard to find an excellent meal.
The swimming and surfing in Cahuita is great. The best spot for surfing is on Playa Negra, just north of town. This is a Blue Flag Beach, which indicates that it meets the requirements as one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Most surfers bypass this excellent beach break on their way down to Puerto Viejo. Chances are likely you could be the only one on one of the finest breaks in Costa Rica!
Playa Cahuita is a white sand beach located in front of the town and extends down the national park. This is an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling. Though absolutely beautiful, this is another beach where there will be many more palm trees than people.
Weather and Packing List
The Southern Caribbean is a region of vast contrasts in weather. Temperatures remain the same nearly year round with average day time highs in the low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of February, March, September and October being the driest.
Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.
Fun Fact: Three species of Sea Turtles nest on the beaches of Cahuita National Park.