Top 22 Things To Do In And Around Cahuita, Costa Rica - Updated 2022

things to do in Cahuita Costa Rica

Lying along the pristine Caribbean Coast is the city of Cahuita, Costa Rica. To get a laidback vacation far from the usual hustle and bustle of city life, you cannot go wrong with this chill place. What’s great about it is that you do not have to sacrifice convenience to get the best offers in the area. There are many resorts, restaurants, and tours available here. Snorkel in beautiful crystal waters, swim at the famous Playa Blanca, and take lots of pictures to flaunt those Instagram-worthy scenes. Find out about the awesome things to do in and around Cahuita, Costa Rica.

1. Visit the beautiful Cahuita National Park (from USD 106.0)

Walk and explore the untouched forests and pristine waters featured in this park. Home to some of Costa Rica’s richest coral reefs, this is a great venue for snorkeling, swimming, and discovering the local flora and fauna. Get in an air-conditioned vehicle and head to this unique conservation area. Spend three to six hours at Cahuita National Park and escape the busy city life. Walk along the white sand shores and take lots of pictures!

Cahuita National Park

Duration: 3 to 6 hours

7 reviews

2. Go hiking, scuba diving, and more with Willies Tours Costa Rica

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Posted by Willie's Tours Costa Rica on Sunday, 12 May 2019

See awesome package deals at Willies Tours Costa Rica! Through this agency, you will find so many cool activities to try. You can book the Cahuita Coral Reef snorkeling tour, the hiking tour at Cahuita National Park, Cahuita night tour, kayaking, scuba diving, and so much more! They offer individual or group packages. If you’re not sure, you can check out their most popular activities on the website. The tours serve as a guide on how to best experience what this city has to offer.

Willies Tours Costa Rica

Address: 300 meters from Cahuita’s National Park, Limón, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Website: Willies Tours Costa Rica

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 7pm (closed on Sun)

3. See the wildlife at Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge

Just hangin out, Three Toed Sloth

Posted by Mikel Samel Photography on Sunday, 20 March 2016

The diverse wildlife is an attribute of Cahuita you shouldn’t miss. With that, it is worth seeing Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you will find not just beautiful animals but endangered ones as well. The humid tropical climate makes it easier for diverse species to thrive because some animals can only live in certain habitats. If you plan to go here, dedicate at least half a day of your trip because the location is pretty remote.

Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 36, Limón Province, Costa Rica

Opening hours: 8am - 4pm (daily)

4. Go on a rainforest nature walk with your family (from USD 83.0)

Let yourself be fully immersed in the exotic beauty of Costa Rica through this five-hour tour of the famous Cahuita National Park. This is not just a walk in the park though - literally! After trekking the nature trail and meeting a few wild animals, you will also visit the banana plantation where farmers work to contribute to one of Costa Rica’s most significant exports. The tour guides are knowledgeable, so if you have any queries related to the tour, feel free to ask!

Limon Rainforest Nature Expedition and Banana Plantation Tour

Duration: 5 hours

4 reviews

5. Enjoy some local fare at Restaurante Sobre Las Olas

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Since you are on the Caribbean coast, the perfect food to feast on is fresh seafood! Get a taste of the Caribbean dishes at Sobre Las Olas, made with ingredients straight from the sea. Check out their menu consisting of salads, a variety of fish, and even vegetarian options, among many others. The best part about this is that guests will have a view of the sea while they eat, as the restaurant is located by the seaside. Parking is available and credit cards are accepted. This is a great establishment if you want to have a romantic dinner or if you have an occasion to celebrate.

Restaurante Sobre Las Olas

Address: Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Opening hours: Wed - Mon: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Tues)

6. Get to know Costa Rica's cocoa heritage at Cacao Trails

Posted by Museo del Cacao on Thursday, 14 December 2017

Head to the woods and see the world’s most beloved ingredient - cacao! Explore the wide variety of plants such as vanilla, beans, flowers, and more thriving with cacao trees. The place may not be flashy, but if you want to know more about cacao farming, you will get an immersive experience here. You will see - and taste - it all, from the raw product to the finished good: chocolate. Learn about the history of Costa Rica’s management of cacao production through the years.

Cacao Trails - Museo de Cacao

Address: Punta Riel, Limón Province, Costa Rica

Website: Cacao Trails - Museo de Cacao

Opening hours: 8am - 4pm (daily)

7. Taste authentic Costa Rican cuisine at Coco's Bar

Posted by ISLA COCO'S BAR & GRILL on Friday, 6 September 2019

To get a taste of authentic Costa Rican cuisine, this restaurant will not disappoint. Offering fresh, light, and scrumptious dishes with Caribbean spices, it is no wonder this place is always bustling. Coco’s Bar is open for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options are also available here. Accommodating servers will greet you warmly upon entry, so just grab a seat and choose among the many options from the menu, including quesadilla, chifrijos, and much more. For refreshments, you can order their delicious shakes, juices, or booze.

Coco's Bar

Address: Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Opening hours: Mon - Wed, Fri - Sat: 10am - 2:30am; Thu: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 12am

8. Go rafting at the famous Pacuare River (from USD 105.0)

Are you ready to feel that adrenaline rush? Prepare for action when you on a rafting tour down Pacuare River! Take a full-day tour from Puerto Viejo de Limon to this gorgeous site. See the emerald green waters and feel the refreshing rush of the waterfalls. Keep a sharp eye out to spot some animals that you will surely encounter in the jungle, including toucans, sloths, and more. Since this will take the whole day, the activity already includes yummy breakfast and lunch. Stay energized by bringing some snacks too. Tote your phone or camera in a waterproof pouch and take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings since this place is categorized as one of Costa Rica’s most scenic rafting routes.

Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting Tour from Puerto Viejo

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

15 reviews

9. Feel the thrill of ziplining in a forest (from USD 145.0)

Instead of the usual hike through the woodlands, explore Costa Rica’s forests in a more thrilling way - through a zipline! In this tour, you will try not only one, but eleven different ziplines. Fly through the treetops and enjoy a view of this rich, natural site. Spot monkeys, sloths, various birds, and even crocodiles! This includes free port pick-up and drop-off. Snacks are also provided to give you a boost. Get to know just how diverse the wildlife is in the forest coined as the “Amazon of Costa Rica”. If this is your first time to try ziplining, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience.

Zipline Canopy Tour & Tortuguero Canal Boat tour. Shore Excursion from Limon

Duration: 6 hours

23 reviews

10. Discover more of Cahuita and go horseback riding

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Another way to keep yourself active during your stay here is to go horseback riding. There are beautiful ranches here, and it is a great idea to visit one with a heritage. Decades ago, this city was a highly rural place, and everything was done manually. You will see the animals surrounding the area, especially horses. There are ranches that provide a relaxed vibe, and some even offer services like bike rentals. Alternatively, you can book a session with Cahuita Tours. Feel the wind and enjoy horseback riding!

Cahuita Tours

Address: Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Website: Cahuita Tours

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

11. Observe the rich flora and fauna by the Puerto Vargas Station

Puerto Vargas
Source: Photo by Flickr user jipe7 used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Because of the large area of Cahuita National Park, it is easily accessible whether you are in town, at the beach, or coming from Puerto Vargas. There are lots to see in this park - monkeys, sloths, a wide variety of birds, lizards, and more! It is advisable to go in the morning to get the best view of the flourishing flora and fauna. If you are coming from the beach, there is a pathway going here so you will also get fantastic sea views along the way. On the other hand, if you are coming from Puerto Vargas, it will be like a hike or nature walk. Don’t worry, it is easy to walk here!

Puerto Vargas Station

Address: Limón Province, Costa Rica

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

12. Sleep in the jungle like Tarzan at Nature Observatorio

Posted by Amazing Treehouse and Nature Observatorio in Manzanillo, Costa Rica on Saturday, 26 October 2019

At Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, there is a feature you should not miss: Nature Observatorio - a suspended treehouse. Besides being a good observation deck, this place is also an accommodation, which means you can sleep in the middle of the forest, surrounded by Cahuita’s wildlife. The view from the place is simply fantastic, and they offer three activities: hiking through the forest, climbing eight stories to get to the observatory, and finally, spending a night at the lovely treehouse. For those who will be with their families, your kids will surely be starstruck by the sights.

Nature Observatorio

Address: Calle El Arbol 2, Limón Province, Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Website: Nature Observatorio

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

13. Marvel at the abundance of fruits and plantation at Finca La Isla's Botanical Garden

Posted by Finca la Isla's Botanical Garden on Friday, 5 April 2019

At Finca La Isla, you can enjoy an unforgettable, self-guided tour through the beautiful gardens featuring a rich biome. See red poison dart frogs, tropical flowers, fruits, and spices. See the abundant cacao plantation and sign up for a tour that guides you through the plantation process. Learn the benefits of cocoa, the production of chocolate bars, the manner of adding flavors, and more through informed guides. This botanical garden definitely has a lot to offer! Spend a half-day here to get a fuller experience.

Finca la Isla's Botanical Garden

Address: Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Website: Finca la Isla’s Botanical Garden

Opening hours: Fri - Mon: 10am - 4pm (closed from Tues - Thurs)

14. Tour around Bocuare Jungle with the family

Posted by Bocuare Jungle on Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Bocuare Jungle is a hidden gem of Costa Rica. With green waters, pristine surroundings, on-site accommodation, and lots of fun activities to do on the premises, it is not surprising that so many people - both locals and foreigners alike - adore this place so much! Immerse yourself in the natural appeal of this tropical Caribbean region without sacrificing comfort and convenience. Take the kids out for a boat ride, relax in the spa by yourself or with a loved one, or simply explore the great outdoors. There is so much to do here, so use your time to discover Bocuare Jungle.

Bocuare Jungle

Address: Valle de la Estrella, Limón Province, Costa Rica

Website: Bocuare Jungle

Opening hours: 9am - 10:30pm (daily)

15. View Cahuita's art scene at Luluberlu

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Posted by Luluberlu Art Gallery on Thursday, 10 October 2019

Art enthusiasts and admirers of the arts should visit Luluberlu Art Gallery when holidaying in Costa Rica. Not only will you see aesthetically appealing paintings, but also other pieces that show the country’s culture. Go in to see the colorful interior, tribal pieces, and remarkable works of art made by local, national, and international artists. While here, you can purchase handmade jewelry, decorative items, lamps, handmade souvenirs, and more.


Address: Avenida 69, calle 213 y calle 215, Limón, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica

Website: Luluberlu

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

16. Swim in the refreshing Bribri Sparkling Waterfalls

Volio Waterfall
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Hidden in the little town of Bribri is the unspoiled Bribri Waterfall or Volio Waterfall. Because of how fresh the water is, you might encounter small fish harmlessly nibbling on you. This is a go-to place for locals, and you will see some who are brave enough to jump from the top of the waterfall to the deep swimming area below. There are two waterfalls here - the upper and lower side. Both are great areas to swim in. If you have a car with you, a parking space is available, and on one side, there is a dedicated parking area that you can also go to for an extra fee. Everything natural is preserved here and, at the falls, you will be surrounded by trees.

Bri Bri Sparkling Waterfalls

Address: Bribri Indian Reservation, Bribri, Costa Rica

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

17. Learn about Costa Rica's respect for Mother Nature by visiting the Tree of Life

Located at the gorgeous Limon province, the Tree of Life is considered to be a grand natural spectacle in Costa Rica. The gigantic tree with many branches symbolizes life and how we are all interconnected. This tree acts as a habitat for many animals, and the surrounding gardens feature a wide variety of plants. Smell the fragrant flowers, watch the leaves gently swaying in the wind, and admire the majestic tree. The locals are passionate when it comes to providing a natural habitat for animals, so you will notice how well-maintained the place is.

Tree of Life Costa Rica

Address: Limon Province, Costa Rica

Website: Tree of Life Costa Rica

Opening hours: 11am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 20 USD

18. See cute sloths at Santuario de Perezosos de Costa Rica

Bradypus infants anxiously awaiting their turn on the jungle gym! ¡Pura Vida!

Posted by Sloth Sanctuary Costa Rica on Sunday, 10 March 2019

Sloths are not very common, so if you have not seen one yet, you will find a lot of them here at Santuario de Perezosos de Costa Rica. Take a 45-minute canoe ride to traverse the natural habitat of sloths: by the water, with numerous, leafy trees, and sturdy branches. To see them up close and to get detailed information about these creatures, go to the enclosed Learning Center and meet the knowledgeable guides. It is normal for sloths to exhibit tachycardia when meeting strangers, so be gentle with these adorable creatures!

Santuario de Perezosos de Costa Rica

Address: Route 36, 30 km South of Limón Limon, 7302, Costa Rica

Website: Santuario de Perezosos de Costa Rica

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 8am - 2pm (closed on Mon)

19. Tour the responsible way with Turismo Autentico

Posted by Turismo Auténtico Costa Rica on Saturday, 15 June 2019

Touring the glorious offers of Cahuita, Costa Rica is undeniably fun. Given that, Turismo Autentico aims to preserve its natural beauty by catering to sustainable tourism. With professional tour guides to show you around the beautiful areas of Cahuita, you are in for an informative and guilt-free experience. Being environmentally friendly and socially responsible are promoted at these tours. Watch cultural shows, explore the jungles, and get to know more of Cahuita in a responsible way while still having fun!

Turismo Autentico

Address: Av 71, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Website: Turismo Autentico

20. Sip some delicious brew with fresh, local ingredients

Have a good night everyone The Best Mochaccino is in Caribeans

Posted by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate on Thursday, 31 October 2019

Love coffee? This place is worth visiting. Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate brings you freshly roasted coffee beans from the high mountains. Those who also love the beach will adore this place because the coffee shop is located at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In addition, there are other refreshing drinks to try, including the chocolate made from locally grown cacao and revitalizing fruit smoothies. Sample the world-class chocolate treats and pastries. This establishment also has connections to interesting activities like yoga, cultural workshops, and Zumba - don’t be shy to ask!

Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate

Address: Next To Tasty Waves Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Website: Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8:30am - 6pm (closed on Sun)

21. Pet cute and friendly rescued jaguars

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Source: Photo by Flickr user Michelle Callahan used under CC BY 2.0

Since Costa Rica is rich with flora and fauna, it is easy to see why locals are passionate about preserving them. Because of this, establishments aimed at conserving wildlife like the Jaguar Rescue Center became a need. Visit this place to see fabulous jaguars and other rescued animals. The center became a refuge for those that get hurt either by natural or manmade causes. What is great about this place is that the animals are released back into the wild once fully recovered. Animal lovers will adore it here, especially since the center is well-maintained.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Address: In front of Villas del Caribe, Limón, Punta Cocles, Costa Rica

Website: Jaguar Rescue Center

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 11am, 11:30am - 1pm (closed on Sun)

22. Glamp with Camping Rooms Shalton

A fantastic camping trip is the way to go if you want to keep Cahuita’s invigorating outdoors close to you. With that, Camping Rooms Shalton offers comfortable beds in cute tents. Wi-Fi is available so you can stay active online. During the day, you can explore the beautiful gardens and admire the flora and fauna of the area. At night, enjoy a relaxing view of the lights or stay in the garden and socialize! This glamorous way of camping is definitely an experience to remember.

Camping Rooms Shalton

Address: 25 mts North from Rest Sobre Las Olas, Playa Negra, Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica

Discover this tropical paradise

Because of the rich biodiversity in Cahuita, Costa Rica, it is not surprising that it features so many natural reserves, jungles, and animal shelters. Here, you will find unique plants and animals, those that you normally won’t find in other cities or even in most rural areas. Take advantage of the pristine views and get in touch with nature. Wade through the clear waters of Cahuita’s beaches, spend the night listening to the soothing sounds of nature, and wear your most comfortable trekking shoes to discover more of this tropical paradise.

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