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How to get there?
You should part from the north side of San Jose and take the route #32 in direction to Limon. Then go through the imposing Braulio Carrillo National Park and continue through Guapiles, Siquirres and Matina, until you get to the city of Puerto Limon. Once here, turn right heading southeast for Sixaola, on the route #36. The entrance is about 42 km from Puerto Limon and the road is properly marked.

This small town is located in front of Playa Negra, about 60 km from the border with Panama. This is one of the most representative cities of the Afro-Caribbean culture in Costa Rica.

This place was named by its first residents, who were Miskito native groups that came from Nicaragua and Panama. They traveled to this zone by following marine turtles as they migrated, in order to hunt them. Cahuita means Punta Sangrillo (sangrillo is a type of tree, and punta menas point), and it was named after all the sangrillo trees that grow in what is nowadays Punta Cahuita. This site is the towns birthplace; its first settlers established here in 1828, then Jamaican groups came to build the Atlantic railway and other came to work in the railway of the Banana Company along the Atlantic coast.

In 1914, the town moved to its current place, where you will find many different cultures. The main one is the Afro-Caribbean culture, composed by the descendants of these Jamaicans, who speak Spanish and Patois (mixture of English and French), but there are also white, semi-black, Chinese and other foreign cultures that come from Europe and The United States. All these different backgrounds give the town of Cahuita unique features that reflect its residents lifestyle, its architecture and its gastronomy.

The population, of about five thousand residents, is peaceful, kind and very cheerful, and has a very strong Caribbean identity despite of the influence it receives from tourism and all the foreigners that have established in this paradise. This small coastal town in the south of the Caribbean has been blessed by the nearness of beautiful beaches full of coconut palm trees, like Playa Negra, Playa Cahuita and Playa Blanca. 

Cahuita has an exuberant tropical nature that wraps it all, including the peaceful presence of the mountains of Talamanca and the magnificent sea, making this city a multi-ethnic center of picturesque beauty and delicious tropical flavors.

Cahuita has many different attractive options for tourists in the center of the town and in its surroundings. The Cahuita National Park is one of the most beautiful reserves in all the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Its white beaches and deep forests make this refuge one of the most beautiful and amazing sites of the country, displaying unforgettable sceneries. The town is located just at the entrance of the park and offers a wide variety of local tours, such as visiting the park, diving in the wonderful coral reefs of the region or just touring around Cahuita.

Accommodations and gastronomy
Having fun and partying are also part of the daily life of Cahuita. Here you will find many places where you can have a good time and be part of the Caribbean life style, like bars, discotheques and nightclubs, or just enjoy some activities at the beach. This allows the visitor to fully appreciate the richness of this culture and all its energy.

In the restaurants of Cahuita, visitors can have delicious and traditional Caribbean dishes, from lobster, crab and a large variety of fresh seafood, to the popular rice and beans, the paty and the sweet pan bon. Most dishes are prepared with coconut milk, which gives an exotic taste, like the filet in coconut sauce or rondon, a true specialty of the zone ordered by lots of visitors. Local and international cuisines mix together in this city, where you can find a great variety of meals from different countries and origins. 

Typical Costa Rican dishes are also served in some places, offering endless options for diverse tastes and budgets.

In this small tropical paradise you can visit incredibly beautiful beaches full of vegetation along the coast, or go diving in the coral reefs plenty of multi-colored marine life. You can also walk, go horseback riding, or even rent a bike, and at night you can take reggae lessons in front of the beach. This town also offers different places where you can stay, with high-quality standards and great customer service. There are more than forty options with a great variety of services and facilities that will adjust to your budget. You can find from hotels and bungalows to camp areas and cabins located in front of Playa Negra or in the town of Cahuita.

Where to go?
Cahuita National Park
The Cahuita National Park protects the resources needed by many plants and animals that live in the (...)
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refugee
The Gandoca Manzanillo Wild Life Natural Shelter has about 15km of beach, 740 acres of (...)
Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve
This Biologic Reserve is located on the basins from the Estrella and Telire rivers, and is (...)
Bribri from Talamanca Indigenous Reserve
The Bribri native community is one of the biggest groups from Costa Rica with around 10000 Bribri (...)
Kekldi Indigenous Reserve
The Kekldi Native Reserve is the home for more than 210 Bribris natives, their traditions, (...)
Negra (Cahuita) Beach
There is abundant vegetation, tropical rainforest at the northern part of Playa Negra. It is (...)
Negra (Puerto Viejo) Beach
There is also a river mouth from the Ro Carbn (Carbn River) here, serving as a natural (...)
Pirikiki Beach
This beach is surrounded by dense rainforest vegetation as well as coconut trees that are (...)
Puerto Viejo and Cocles Beach
They share white colored sand as well as a coral reef with great biodiversity and an ideal (...)
House of Anibal Smith Historical sites
This house seems very old, but it was built in 1993 with parts of another house from the decade of (...)
Moin Beach
It is accompanied by dense rainforest vegetation. There is a lagoon called Laguna Mon as (...)
Vizcaya Beach
The Vizcaya River (Ro Vizcaya) runs through this beach, and you can enjoy its waters in the (...)
Chiquita Beach
Nevertheless at its southern section you can find 2 natural barriers, a coral reef and a rocky (...)
Cahuita Beach
With a 600 ha extension, this coral reef is the home of a wide variety of marine species, an (...)
This small town is located in front of Playa Negra, about 60 km from
Puerto Viejo and Cocles
In this town, the magical Caribbean atmosphere will take over your
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March 27, 2012

The main objective of the celebration is to project the need to preserve and use rationally part of the forests, wetlands and wildlife the country has
The Caribbean is exhibiting art
March 20, 2012

The Tourism Fair is offering entertaining activities for kids and adults, concerts, typical food of Limon, artistic performances, parades and typical masquerades, among others
Costa Rica wins again the award to the best stand in Germany
March 19, 2012

The graded aspects to give the award were design, use of technology, service and the activities arranged to attract the visitors to the stand
Costa Rica is the fifth most ecological country in the world
March 08, 2012

One of the aspects that contributed with the choice was that the country produces very low levels of carbon dioxide, which affects in global warming
Campaign Costa Ricas Million Dollar Gift of Happiness starts its second phase
March 02, 2012

Starting on March 2012 and until February 2013, the campaign will keep the idea of selling the country as the place to share happiness
Costa Rica celebrated World Day of Wetlands
February 15, 2012

The country has shown important progress in the conservation of these ecosystems, but still there are some challenges pending
Costa Rican Tourism Institute guarantees tourisms safety
February 14, 2012

The ICT is working along the National Learning Institute for the formation of all the companies belonging to the hotel sector in the country: gastronomy, computing, hotels and English language proficiency
Central America bet for Rural Tourism at the FITUR 2012
February 07, 2012

Each project of Rural Tourism was focused in the gastronomic, natural or cultural richness of the regions of Spain and other countries
Costa Rica received recognition for best stand in the FITUR 2012
February 02, 2012

Costa Rica captured in 250 m2 the essence of the country and moved it to a space where the visitors could feel nature with their five senses
Costa Rica recovers its hotel occupancy during the first days of 2012
January 24, 2012

According to studies made by tourism authorities, the growth should continue during Holy Week and summer break with local and international tourism.