Like any other place in the world, Cahuita is safe for visitors that use common sense. Our tips would be:
*avoid flashing large sums of money around
*don't leave items unattended on the beach or in the bar
*lock valuables in your room safe
*carry a copy of your passport (including the page with your entry stamp)
*carry copies of your credit card, passport and other important numbers in a different place to the originals
*if you are staying outside of the town center, consider a taxi ride back to your accommodation if you are returning late at night.
Can I feed the animals?
Feeding wild animals is dangerous for you and for them. Most animals digest processed food with difficulty and sugary foods will rot their teeth. Animals that become used to being fed may become aggressive towards humans. Wildlife in Cahuita is all around you without coaxing it with offerings of food.
Do I need vaccinations?
No special vaccinations are needed to visit Costa Rica, but it is wise to have all jabs up-to-date. Check with your doctor to be sure.
Are there lots of mosquitoes?
There can be, especially at dusk and dawn, but this very much depends on the weather. You can easily go your whole stay without a single bite but if you are susceptible to mosquito bites, then you’d better consider thin cotton shirts and pants for evenings out. We recommend using a bug spray while you’re out and about (during the day too) and a mosquito net at night, if you are in open plan accommodation.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
There are many people in Cahuita that speak English as a first or second (or even third) language and so you can get around just fine without speaking Spanish. However, people really appreciate hearing ‘por favor’ and ‘gracias’!
Will I be too hot?
Cahuita is at sea-level in a tropcial country, so temperatures and humidity can be high, but few places have air conditioning as sea breeze and cooler nights mean that it is rarely needed. And if it is too hot, jump in the ocean 😉
Is it easy to see wildlife?
es! Keep your eyes open and you’ll see monkeys, sloths and a whole multitude of reptiles and insect life. The National Park has an easy trail and you rarely have to venture far without seeing animals, although you’ll see much more with a local guide. The village of Cahuita is still small enough that animals and humans are used to sharing the same space — like the sloths who pass through town on the electric cables!
When can I see turtles?
Turtle seasons vary for the different species.
When’s the best time to come?
September and October are always advertised as the so-called summer, when skies are blue, the sun shines all day long and the seas are calm. Climate change has made seasons across the country less predictable but our weather page can help you to plan if this is important for your stay.
Surfers may wish to avoid these months when the waves are almost zero!
Should I give money to people who beg?
This is entirely up to you. If you don’t wish to, a firm ‘no’ should be enough.
Can I take photos of people?
Ask the person or in the case of a child, the parent, before taking a photo. This is good manners anywhere.