The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is generally wetter than the Pacific coast which puts off a lot of people. However, the coast is just as beautiful, with many fantastic activities and places to visit. Tortuguero is incredible for the wildlife and natural scenery, Manzanillo to kick back and relax or do some diving and snorkelling, Cahuita is amazing for chilling or hiking and Puerto Viejo is the best option for surfing and dancing! The Caribbean is typically the more relaxed coastline.
The Cahuita national park is here with its incredible white sandy beaches along the Caribbean coastline. This laid back town is a touch of the Caribbean, nothing much happens except cocktails, food, beaches, sun, music and hammocks…HEAVEN! The nightlife isn’t bad, either!
Located an hour north of Puerto Viejo on the southern Caribbean coast, Cahuita is a popular stop for many travellers but it is nowhere near as crowded as other spots along the coast. Most travelers visit the national park with the same name. Jam packed with marine animals, there are over 35 types of coral in the reefs and around 135 different types of fish. The beaches are also a nesting ground for sea turtles.
Tortuguero, nicknamed the “Little Amazon” only has a tiny boat/plane access to this rural town. It’s famous for Tortuguero National Park, canals and turtle nests. It’s fairly remote and takes a day to get there but many people visit to experience the lush and untouched pristine jungle.