Cahuita, Costa Rica

A beautiful Caribbean beach town and home to an amazing national park

The Cahuita Vibe

Cahuita is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

We love this area because of the cool vibe and because the Caribbean Sea side of Costa Rica typically has far fewer tourists than the Pacific coast.

Cahuita is a fairly small town, but it the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days. It has a Afro Caribbean vibe, tons of delicious Caribbean cuisine restaurants, beautiful beaches, and an amazing national park.

Don’t tell the rest of Costa Rica, but this is one of our top five spots in the country.

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Map Of Tamarindo

Tamarindo is located on Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste Province. 

The nearest big city is Liberia, which is about one and a half hours away.

Cahuita at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia

Popular Things to Do

surfing, rent an ATV, snorkel or diving tours

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, walking in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

The best weather is from late July to October

 

Getting to Cahuita

Flights to Costa Rica

The easiest way of getting to Cahuita is by flying in to the San Jose International Airport. 

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, we suggest using Skyscanner. We consistently find the best rates through their website.

 

 


Getting Here by Rental Car

Our favorite option is to rent a car and drive to Cahuita on your own. The drive is not too bad for first time Costa Rica drivers.

In the beginning of your trip, you will have to do a little driving through San Jose though which can be a bit daunting and stressful.

After making it through San Jose you will drive through Braulio Carillo national park which is really pretty. The roads are well maintained here but there are a lot of curves in spots.

However, there has been a lot of road work here recently (they are widening the road so I doubt it will be over anytime soon) and there have been a lot of major backups.

From there you follow a straight road to Limon and then drive down the coast. I absolutely love the drive along the coast. The roads are in good condition and it’s absolutely beautiful.

You do not need a 4×4 for this route, but you might want something with a bit of power while driving through the national park.

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Getting Here by Private Shuttle

Adobe just started a private shuttle company and they are great! 

There experience certified driver can pick you up anywhere in the country and take you to your hotel in Cahuita.

You can get a private shuttle price quote here

Getting Here by Bus

If coming from San Jose you can take the public bus from Mepe. You can see a complete time schedule here.

The ride will take you about four hours and will cost about $12 per person for one way.

The buses are surprisingly comfortable. The bus stops in Limon (about two and half hours into the drive) for a snack and bathroom break. There is no bathroom on the bus.

Getting Around in Cahuita

Downtown Cahuita is a small area and easy to explore by foot. The national park is also located right off of the main downtown area.

If you would like to explore other places nearby you can take a taxi or rent a car for a day. 

Adobe, our favorite rental car company has an office in Puerto Viejo and they will deliver your car to your hotel for free within 12 miles of their office. I just checked, and their office is exactly 10.5 miles from downtown Cahuita. Yeay!

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Cahuita Weather

Here, the rainy season runs from mid-December until end of July. I know, that sounds like a whole lot of rainy time, but let me explain.

Although it can be rainy, you just never really know. We have visited in January and had amazing weather. We have also visited in January and had total washout days.

One thing we have noticed though is that usually when it rains, it at least rains at night. Daytime rainstorms don’t happen that often. Also, the temperature stays fairly warm even when raining.

Another weird thing, July is the rainiest month to visit Cahuita, but come August, it almost completely dries up.

You just never know in this country!

During the dry months the weather is amazing and warm!

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