Beaches & Activities Outside Cahuita National Park Costa Rica
Cahuita National Park Costa Rica is enough to keep even the most active, adventurous traveler busy for weeks, but Cahuita beaches and other activities outside the park itself invite visitors to stay even longer.
No wonder so many visitors to Cahuita National Park Costa Rica come back year after year and book accommodations for an entire season! The pace is easy, the costs are low, and the choices are endless.
Playa Negra is the best beach for swimming outside of Cahuita National Park Coasta Rica. The stretch of sand that runs along the front of the Atlantida Lodge is especially popular, and is open to anyone.
Along Cahuita’s main street on the way out of town toward Playa Negra you’ll find the Cahuita Tours and Adventure Center, which is exactly what it sounds like. Stop in and book a glass bottom boat or snorkeling tour, a jungle tour, a white water rafting trip, or a or a Jeep excursion into the Bribri Reservation, all for bargain prices.
On the same road, the Turistica Cahuita Information Center and Roberto Tours both offer similar excursions at comparable rates. In addition to the day tours mentioned, most companies also offer multiday tours into Tortuguero and Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Horse rental, guided horseback tours, and mountain bike rentals are all available at Brigitte’s (www.brigittecahuita.com). Rent by the day or by the week at rates even students can afford.
Bird watchers and sloth lovers looking for adventure outside Cahuita National Park Costa Rica should head north of the city about 5 miles to the Aviarios del Caribe, where over three hundred twenty-five separate species of birds have been sighted to date.
Aviarios del Caribe also runs a sloth rescue initiative. For only $20, sloth lovers can book a package that includes a visit to the sloth rehabilitation center, a one and a half hour canoe tour, and a self-guided bike tour of the entire area. A longer, three and a half hour canoe tour is available for just $30.
For beach ware, small cheeses, local crafts, batik clothing, and more Cahuita souvenirs, check out the Boutique Coco Miko or the Boutique Bambata, both located at the entrance of Cahuita National Park Costa Rica.
Local artisans also sell handmade jewelry and crafts along the road into the park at small individual stands.
Two popular souvenirs of the area around Cahuita National Park Costa Rica include Paula Palmer’s book What Happen: A folk-History of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Coast, and a CD by local calypso musician Walter Gavin Ferguson. Two of Ferguson’s most popular song compilations include Babylon and Dr. Bombadee.
Ask anyone at any of the shops for directions on where to find both itens.
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