A perfect, white-sand beach with palm trees lining its edge sits just outside downtown Cahuita and will be your first glimpse of Cahuita National Park. (There’s also a southern entrance halfway to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.) The reserve’s true reason for existence is to protect a coral reef just off the coast, and that ensures the best of both land and marine wildlife here. The location means you’ll find a great
selection of in-town dining and lodging options within a few blocks of the park’s northern entrance, making this one of the country’s easiest protected areas to visit. The good folks here know which side their bread is buttered, however, and aren’t about to let development encroach on the park itself.