36, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
Watch out for yellow eye-lash vipers in the trees.
Cahuita National Park is located on the southern Caribbean coast in the Limón Province of Costa Rica, connected to the town of Cahuita. Visitors and tourists can hike its flat forest, scuba dive, and snorkel in the protected marine area which contains the coral reef. The beaches of Cahuita are some of the prettiest and least developed in the whole country.
The sea and reef contains at least 35 species of coral, hundreds of species of molluscs and fish
, and nearly 50 species of crustaceans. Pacas, White-nosed Coatis
, Raccoons, sloths, agoutis, Mantled Howlers
and White-headed Capuchins are among the creatures to be found in the rainforest of Cahuita's National Park
. Bird watchers are drawn to the wide variety of birds such as the Green Ibis, Kingfisher and Toucan that live here.
Cahuita National Park is flat and easy to hike for all fitness levels, and makes a good half-day excursion. There is a donation-based entrance booth at the north entrance, where guides may also be hired to help point out all the wildlife along the way.