Some activities include swimming, hiking along the nature trails, snorkeling in the ocean, listening to the sounds of nature, sunbathing, surfing, playing beach soccer or volleyball, and non-profit artisan and cultural displays that are supported by the park administration. Visitors may also see Howler, White-faced, and Spider monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, squirrels, hummingbirds, toucans, nocturnal herons, hundreds of migrating sparrow hawks, and thousands of insects.
Punta Cahuita trail
This runs alongside the coast between the northwest end of the park (by Nelly Creek) and Puerto Vargas beach. The first stretch of the trail and the most heavily trafficked extends from the park’s border to the Suárez River, and measures some 4920 ft. It provides access to the beach for visitors to enjoy swimming, relaxing under the almond trees, and sunbathing.
Another stretch of the trail is often used by people who enjoy hiking and observing the scenery and biodiversity (as well as swimming and relaxing). It is located between the Suárez River and Punta Cahuita and measures 7,657 ft. long. This provides visitors with more than 4 ½ miles of hiking from the northwest end of the park (there and back). Along this trail, you will find flowers and wildlife, and beautiful scenery, as there are no beach activities along this trail.
The last part of the trail runs parallel along the coast from Punta Cahuita until Punto Puerto Vargas, measuring some 6,889 ft. and is less common. It crosses through rain forest where you can see amazing Dragon Blood-tree groves. Along the reef you can see: Brain coral, Elkhorn Coral, Sea fans, French Angelfish, Queen Angelfish, Blue Angelfish, Sea Cucumber, lobsters, turtles, and thousands of brightly colored fish.
• Swimming only allowed in designated areas.
• Snorkeling only allowed in designated areas.
• Hiking only allowed in designated areas.
• Respect the park’s visiting hours
• Do not stand on the coral because they can cause injury
Access points are in Puerto Vargas and the town of Cahuita (Playa Blanca).
Both have an information booth.
The Cahuita National Park Open Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 – 16:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 7:00 – 17:00
The visiting season is all year round