The lush Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is home to intriguing beach destinations such as Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Punta Uva.

The Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is lined with picture-perfect beaches of yellow sand and swaying palm trees. The clear, turquoise water welcomes swimmers, sunbathers, surfers, and snorkelers. The Southern Caribbean coast has missed the boom of tourist development that has happened elsewhere in Costa Rica. It continues to remain a pristine off the beaten path destination with a unique culture of its own.

Best Things to Do at Cahuita and Caribbean Coast

Nestled on the southern edge of the town of Cahuita is Cahuita National Park, a park created to protect the large offshore stretch of coral reef. The reef is home to a variety of vibrant tropical fish and over 30 species of coral, the ideal underwater playground for snorkeling. White sand, palm-lined beaches, and brilliant turquoise water make the Cahuita beaches perfectly picturesque. Don’t miss the 5.6 mile Cahuita National Park trail located just behind the beach. Walk to the end of the trail to Punta Cahuita, one of the best spots in the park for snorkeling, and admire the thick vegetation and abundant wildlife along the way.

Explore Cahuita National Park and Caribbean

Discover Cahuita National Park.


Cahuita is the smallest park in Costa Rica, but rich in wildlife. Capuchins, howlers and monkey squirrels are some of the most social creatures in the park. Do not feed them, and hold on to your snacks! You can also expect to see sloths, iguanas, agouts and hundreds of bird species - just a few. Book an early morning park tour with a professional naturalist guide to avoid crowds and increase your chances of seeing more wildlife. Naturalist guides have an eye and an ear to discover the wildlife that most people miss.

Puerto Viejo Town near Cahuita


Located between Cahuita and Manzanillo, the happening town of Puerto Viejo is a popular middle ground. Experienced surfers come to ride the waves of surf breaks like the Salsa Brava, Costa Rica’s biggest wave, and Cocles Beach. New restaurants and hotels catering to surfers and tourists have popped up in the area, giving us all one more reason to visit.

Punta Uva Beach and Snorkeling


Punta Uva Beach is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Located just in front of Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is Punta Uva Beach. The white-sand beach here is idyllic with calm, protected waters – perfect for families! The coral reef located just offshore also makes this a fantastic beach for snorkeling. The lush jungle-backed beaches are home to sloths, monkeys, tropical birds, and more.

What you can do at Caribbean Cost?

  • Surfing

  • Punta Uva Beach

  • Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

  • Snorkeling

  • Scuba Diving

  • Great Food & Culture

  • Sloth Sanctuary

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