Explore the most popular trails in Parque Nacional Cahuita with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Do exactly what Ray Schmidt says below, start in Puerto Vargas in the morning, then have a late lunch in Cahuita. Was perfect. Great hike. Took a little longer because we stopped and swam and spent a lot of time staring at monkeys. Lots of monkeys in the trees by the beach.

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15 days ago

A coastal walk along a beautiful beach, the trail is flat and easy to navigate. The tide pools near the point are fun for the kids to play in. Pay attention to the sky behind you, storms can move in rapidly.

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2 months ago

Really beautiful. It was like walking in a postcard. We saw several animals: lazy, bats, monkeys, turtles ... We bathed in a crystalline sea.

So here's the deal with this trail: you can either start from the Puerto Vargas entrance to the southeast or the village of Cahuita entrance which is more northwest. There are well-maintained bathrooms and the entrance fee to either (since you're entering into the national park) is $5 USD per person in your party. From one entrance to the other is 5.2 miles so you can either go out back to bring your mileage total to about 10.5 (incline is negligible and shade is abundant but the heat can be punishing). If you decide to only go one way, you can take a taxi or public transportation back. Northbound buses pretty reliably run every half hour on Route 36, which you will need to walk out to from the southern entrance to catch (this is only another 0.1 miles down a dirt road out to 36, and you might not even make it that far because red taxis are often parked on the road waiting for people just like who did the one-way hike if you want to avoid the bus schedule altogether). If instead you went from the SE entrance to the NW entrance, there is a bus station a few blocks from the trail terminus along with an abundance of small restaurants and the like to keep you occupied while you wait. This last point may be the most important so pay attention closely. Roughly halfway through the trail is Punta Cahuita (the northernmost point on the trail that sticks out). At 2pm or some time thereabouts, 2 park workers will set off from this point, with 1 heading towards each entrance. You will not be allowed to pass them as they will inform you that the hiking trail is closed, meaning ***whatever side of Punta Cahuita you are on at 2pm is the side you have to finish on, you can NOT go back to the other side***. If you can do the entire hike this one is truly spectacular. The Puerto Vargas side is a mile of boardwalked path through dense forest followed by a long walk along the white sandy beach that offers excellent views of the bay. The Cahuita side follows a path along the rougher, rockier side of the beach before smoothing out into beaches of its own. The entire hike offers several opportunities to see wildlife and some helpful signage about the local flora and fauna. My advice is to start at Puerto Vargas before noon and end in Cahuita in time to get a late lunch/early dinner then hang around the beaches and pools until the sun starts to go down.

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7 months ago

The trail description as "out and back" is a little misleading. If you start at the Cahuita entrance you can exit 8.1 km later at the Puerto Vargas exit. The Peurto Vargas exit is a 7 minute walk to the highway where you can catch a public bus or taxi back to Cahuita. We loved this flat, mostly shaded trail that follows the coastline. Saw lots of birds and animals, and there are great places for swimming along the trail. The last 2 km to Peurto Vargas are along a well-maintained boardwalk over wetlands and through the jungle.

Nice and easy trail, lots of apes and other wildlife. You have to cross a small river two times. If you walk oneway you can take a local bus back.

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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Right next to the Caribbean sea. You'll see animals galore .Couple of stream crossings and a definitely dip in the Caribbean sea.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bring boots that can handle deep mud, and prepare to cross some streams.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

on Punta Cahuita Trail

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