EXPLORE COSTA RICA’S CARIBBEAN
CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK
The coral reef of Cahuita National Park includes approximately 240 habitats. There are 123 different species of fish, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish and 1281 seaweed species identified. We can also observe 35 different coral species such as the fire coral, the red coral and the black coral which is unique to this area and miles of white beach and dense tropical jungle.
Learn to surf the waves of the Caribbean. You don’t need to be a professional surfer to experience the thrill of riding a wave. Our instructor is experienced and the Caribbean Sea is gentle with first-time surfers. Don’t miss the opportunity! We will provide you with a surfing board and promise you the time of your life!
JAGUAR RESCUE CENTER
This center was founded by two biologists back in 1993 and is located on Cocles near Puerto Viejo de talamanca. It’s not a zoo, but rather a place where injured animals that have been rescued can be rehabilitated, in hopes of a reintroduction into the wild. Proceeds go to the feeding and general care of the animals and their temporary habitat.
SEA AND RIVER KAYAKING
At the beautiful beach of Punta Uva, with the help of a trained guide, you will kayak in the ocean with a sea kayak. Then you will slide towards the Punta Uva River, that unwinds into the jungle into a paradise of birds, wild animals and tropical plants, leaving behind you nothing but ripples. After the kayaking, the options are: exploring the Punta Uva promontory for 1 hour or sunbathing at the beach – either way, this is a day full of adventure and wonders!
RAINFOREST CANOPY ADVENTURE
Eight aerial platforms and 1200 meters of cable are nestled deep into the jungle. After a short walk the adventure starts. Our professional guide will take you from one platform to the other explaining facts about the vegetation, the animals, and how the local indigenous use some of the herbs you will see. An incredible way to experience the jungle.
BRIBRI INDIGENOUS RESERVE / CHOCOLATE TOUR / WATERFALL
The Bribri are indigenous people of Costa rica. You will visit a native family, they will show how they live, their language, how they build their houses with natural materials, their heritage, cooking, history. In the yard they will explain to you natural treatments and medicinal plants learn how to make rope and extract colors and participate in a hunting demonstration with bow and arrow with a Bribri man. Then you can learn how to make organic chocolate, and try 10 different flavors of chocolate created with fruits and plants from their garden. To cool down you are going to visit a beautiful waterfall where you can relax and swim.
The complete cacao tour includes a guided visit to each one of the sections of the park (Corn plantation, Cacao plantation, Botanical garden, Medicinal garden, Iguana farm), canoes tour in the Cacao Trails canals, walk through the Cahuita National Park, visit to the Cahuita turtle nesting beach and a Caribbean style buffet lunch, fresh fruits and juices.
HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE BEACH
Exquisitely trained horses and an expert bilingual guide/teacher will accompany you in this adventurous excursion on the wild beach of Playa Grande in Cahuita. You will be provided with a horse that will fit your pace and riding level perfectly. You will start on a brief horse’s walk in the jungle where is also possible to observe animals, eventually arriving on the beach where the horses can either keep walking, trotting or take you for a breathtaking gallop along the shore.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The Pacuare River is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. You will see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has many rapids that will make your adventure very interesting and fun. The 18-mile-one-day-run includes a total of 38 rapids.
VERAGUA – RESEARCH AND ADVENTURE PARK
Located less than one hour from the historic Caribbean town of Limón, the park includes among other attractions, the largest indoor nocturnal frog exhibit in the world, butterfly garden, reptile vivarium, hummingbird garden, a fascinating tram ride through the rainforest canopy, spectacular walking trails through the primary rainforest and a magnificent waterfall; all surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of La Amistad International Park.
DOLPHIN WATCHING IN MANZANILLO
Your guide takes you out by boat to watch the groups of dolphins living near Manzanillo. The dolphins like to play with the boats. An amazing experience. You will see the bottle nose dolphin, the tucuxi and the painted Atlantic dolphin.
AVIARIOS DEL CARIBE, SLOTH CENTER
You can learn about the behavior and the habitat of the amazing sloths, observe the adults and the baby sloths during their feeding process. Aviarios also offers a bird watching tour by canoe in the backwaters of their nature reserve.
In the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo white beach extends for few miles south all the way to the Panama border. Manzanillo village is a very small Caribbean settlement.
PUNTA UVA (GRAPE POINT) BEACH
The editorial in 2001 Outside Magazine Travel Guide called Punta Uva beach “one of the best seven beaches in the world”. A white sand beach located at the entrance of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Punta Uva is a “must” destination for people visiting the Caribbean Coast. Emerald waters, lots of coconut trees, very secluded.
PUERTO VIEJO VILLAGE / BEACH
A short half hour drive from The Goddess Garden, Puerto Viejo beach is a black sand volcanic beach with none to mild waves. Nearby is the village of Puerto Viejo, a backpacker’s delight with small boutiques, ethnic and local cuisine, and a bit of night life for those interested in late night fun and dance. Also north of Puerto Viejo, you will find some of the best surfing beaches on the Caribbean Coast.
Cocles is the first community south of Puerto Viejo. It is one of the most well developed. The beautiful beach is very popular with surfers, especially at the northern end, and also for swimmers. It is one of the few area beaches that is patrolled by lifeguards via the community supported Playa Cocles Lifeguard program.
CAHUITA BIG BEACH
In front of the Goddess Garden, endless pristine beach. From March to May you can observe at night the egg lying of the Baula (the leatherback turtle), the biggest sea turtles in the world.
CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK BEACH
Cahuita National park consists of several miles of white beach and dense tropical jungle. Cahuita village is a small typical Caribbean settlement with gift shops and local cuisine. The coral reef of Cahuita National Park includes approximately 240 habitats. There are 123 different species of fishes, 44 species of crustaceans, 140 shellfish and 1281 seaweed species identified. We can also observe 35 different coral species such as the fire coral, the red coral and the black coral which is unique to this area.
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