Cahuita National Park is a destiny, where the warm turquoise waters fuse with white sand beaches and a splendour green jungle. It is an idealsorrouding to walk through the forest, relax on fine sands or submerg oneself in transparent waters.
In 1970 it was declared a National Monument with the purpose of protecting the tropical flora and fauna, the coral reefs and several marine ecosystems. In the 1978 it was declared a National Park, protecting 1160 terrestrial hectares, which go from Carbòn River to Kelly Creek River, and 22,400 marine hectars including 600 hectars over the reef area. In 1996 its beaches in the sectors of Puerto Vargas and Playa Blanca, have been awarded with the Ecological Blue Flag.
Cahuita’s National Park is dedicated to the conservation of species and also used for recreation. It is a positive example of shared management between the State and the community, which participates in decision making related to environmental issues.
It is catalogued as Humid Tropical Forest, according to Holdridge’s classification of life zones. It has several important habitats such as the swamp lands, which are in most of Punta Cahuita’s lands and lodges species like the cativos, the Banak tree or the mangrove; or coastal vegetation, with abundance of coconut palms, almond trees and beach grapes.