With its rain forest extending right to the edge of its curving, utterly undeveloped 3-km (2-mile) white (or "whitish") sand beach, one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks is the stuff of picture postcards. The park was created to protect the 2½-square-km (1-square-mile) coral reef that encircles the coast and offers excellent snorkeling off Cahuita Point. Trails into the rain forest reveal a wealth of wildlife. February through April and September and October are slightly drier months, and offer the best visibility for snorkeling. For more information see the highlighted listing in this chapter.
Southern end of Cahuita, Cahuita, 70403, Costa Rica
/2755–0461-Cahuita entrance; /2755–0302-Puerto Vargas entrance