The third stop | Four days
We took a direct bus from San Jose to Cahuita via Limon. It was a long ride across hills, which divide Central Valley from the rest of the land. During the first two hours our bus went through curved roads but once it reached the top, the view was breathtaking. Costa Rica simply offers all we love about nature.
From Limon to Cahuita the road copies the coastline. We could finally see the wild Caribean Sea and after four hours we got off the bus in Cahuita. It’s a small, relaxed town with the originally Jamaican population. Cahuita was just so different to everything we saw in Costa Rica until then. I immediately liked it. Empty streets, people on bikes, few tourists and a constant soothing sound of the sea.
Hotel La Diosa is located 3 km from Cahuita and it’s the best place to stay. I’ve never seen such a flawless bond between the hotel cabins and nature. When you pass by a swimming pool, you enter a natural garden that will guide you to the sea across two bridges. You can eat star fruits, coconuts, mangos – they are all over the place, or meditate on a bank on a rocky beach.
What to do in Cahuita
Cahuita National Park
It’s an obvious choice for tourists since Cahuita National Park is one of the best areas to meet local tropical fellows such as iguanas, howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and many more. The park was created in 1970 with an intention to preserve the coral reefs off the Caribbean coast. It has two entrances, one in Cahuita and the other one in Puerto Vargas. It spreads on just 1,067 hectares but it’s definitely worthy of a visit.
Historically first sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica has been established in 1992 and since then it saved lives of many orphans or injured sloths. But that’s just a part of their mission. Besides rescuing they study sloth behavior, physiology, and pathology, run research program and share the information with the public.
For 30$ you can experience:
– canoe ride on the shallow Estrella River with a local boatman to see protected lowland rainforest flora and fauna. It takes around 45 minutes.
– detailed lecture, a guided tour through internal halls where rescued sloths live and are taken care off
Thumbs up! I strongly recommend supporting this unique facility.
We also visited a nearby coastal town Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, which is a popular tourist destination. It is known for strong waves, perfect for surfing and of course marihuana. To be honest, I didn’t like it at all. Streets were very busy, the Caribean Sea was so unstable and wavy that it was impossible to swim and relax on Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles.
But anyway, if you like touristy holiday places, where you can eat, drink and smoke marihuana whilst listening to reggae, Puerto Viejo is a good choice.