Cahuita - Paradise on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast!
Costa Rica can easily fit most people's idea of paradise. Tropical rain forests are filled with exotic animals such as howler monkeys and sloths, the coastlines are lined with gorgeous beaches, and time tends to move at a little bit of a slower pace. A prime place to spend your vacation in this beautiful country is in Cahuita, a small, laid-back village on Costa Rica's beautiful Caribbean coast.
The vast majority of tourists begin their visit in the busy capital city of San Jose at Costa Rica's largest international airport. There are several different ways to travel from San Jose to Cahuita; one option is to take a commuter flight from San Jose to Limon, and then take a short taxi ride from Limon to Cahuita. There are also several buses that run daily from San Jose to Cahuita. A third option is to hire a driver to transport you to Cahuita. Cars can also be rented at the San Jose airport.
One does not travel to Cahuita to stay in 5-star luxury resorts. But there are several accommodation options that are clean, comfortable and quite affordable. The Atlantida Lodge has a pool, a restaurant, tropical gardens, and private rooms with private bathrooms and terraces with rates starting at only $35 per night. The Hotel Magellan Inn is a slightly fancier choice, with all the same amenities as the Atlantida Lodge, plus air conditioning and wireless internet with rates starting at only $67 per night.
What to Do
One of the main tourist attractions close to the village of Cahuita is the Cahuita National Park. This protected park offers untouched forests filled with exotic birds and animals, as well as many different types of plants and flowers. There are several pristine beaches inside the park, and swimming is very good in the calm waters. Divers and snorkelers will enjoy the large coral reef located close to shore. This reef is home to many different types of coral, as well as more than 500 different marine species. Just outside of Cahuita there is also a company that provides horseback rides along the beach. Some people also enjoy renting bicycles and exploring the area on their own.
Cahuita is lush, tropical, and laid back. A trip here is the definition of a vacation; you can leave all of your worries behind and soak up the sun and culture of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. You won't want to go home, but when it is time to depart you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
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