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Cahuita National Park - Quick Facts

Established in 1970 this park protects 2,635 acres with approximately one-tenth of the area marine (1,067 hectares, 4.1 square miles, 3 times the size of central park NYC) of beach, mangrove, margin/edge, marine and tropical rainforest-lowland habitats.



Hiking trails

One trail winds between the beach and forest from the Kelly Creek station at Cahuita village, around the point to the Puerto Vargas station.


Inhabitants

Marine Invertebrates – Brain, elkhorn, gorgonian, and blue staghorn corals, sea fans, lobsters, urchins, clams, ghost shrimp, and sea cucumbers. On the shore look for red land crabs, and blue fiddlers. Fish – Over 500 species of fish including French angelfish, rock beauty and blue parrotfish call the reefs offshore from Cahuita Costa Rica home. Birds – Green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, Northern boat-billed herons, Swainson toucans, keel-billed toucans, rufous kingfishers, and the Central American curassow. Animals – tamandua, paca, coati, raccoons, howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, armadillos caimans, and iguanas.

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