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South of Puerto Limon, on the Caribbean coast, Cahuita National Park consists of an area of tropical forest and a lovely reef with an amazing variety of marine life.

The forest shelters various animals, including paca, racoons, northern tamandua, opossum, porcupine and capuchin monkey; while the marshes contain species such as green iguanas, basilisk lizards, gigantic blue crabs and many species of birds.

The reef extends outwards from Cahuita Point, from which it takes its name, and is home to sea urchins, moray eels, turtles, lobster and sharks.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: capuchin monkey, green iguana, northern tamandua, porcupine, racoon
  • Where: Limón Province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Coast to Coast

Travel from coast to coast to understand Costa Rica’s complex mosaic of ecosystems, with the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines offering a great contrast to the interior’s steamy rainforests. This suggested itinerary visits some of the lesser-known parks and includes some relaxation time on the Pacific coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea