Monkey Watching in Cahuita

Cahuita Travel Blog

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We caught the next bus north to Cahuita, a little surf town on the Carribean coast of Costa Rica. We got there early in the afternoon and got a room ($7, double, private but rather disgusting bathroom) at the Hotel Rhode Island. Cahuita is a very lazy town with all the stereotypical trappings that one would expect out of a Carribe surf town -- the white guy on the beach singing Bob Marley ridiculously badly, the hotel owner who says to come back later because she doesnt feel like cleaning your room right now, the old rasta guy trying to lead you arround town.

The best thing about Cahuita for a nonsurfer is the national park right by the town, a stretch of jungle with a nice trail that follows the beach.

Within 15 minutes of walking, you are pretty muched garaunteed to see monkeys. First, we saw 2 white faced capuchin monkies, one carrying the other on its back (or spooning, whatever). 10 minutes later, we encountered a family of howler monkeys. You can even hear the howlers from town.

The national park is free if you enter from Cahuita. There is a trail up a peninsula and down the coast, but we didn't go because there wasn't enough time. We also had to skip the sloth sanctuary (aw) because we got into Cahuita later than we thought.

We took a dip in the waves of the Carribean ocean before walking back to town on the beach. After getting dinner, we walked to the other side of town to Black Sand Beach, but we couldn't see much as it had already gotten dark by then. Note that every guidebook and travel tip tells you not to go to Black Sand Beach at night because it was the site of muggings and rapes several years back. Oh well.

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photo by: Stigen